Codified integration and baked-in operational experience drive business success
Trey Layton got his start in the military as an imagery analyst working for General Schwarzkopf during Desert Storm. His special skills of interpreting images led to him finding the Blackhawk helicopters downed during the Battle of Mogadishu, known as the ‘Blackhawk Down’ incident. The technology to transfer images from the receive location to the image analysis platform in the 1990’s was vastly different from what is possible today. Understanding the challenges, Trey built some of the first computer systems and networks specifically addressing this problem. The seed for a career in IT to solve customer challenges was sown. For Trey, it has never been about providing something cheaper, but rather about providing something different that solves the challenge. In other words, it’s not about getting new IT equipment, it’s about modernizing and assembling equipment to transform operations for speed and agility that frees resources for investment in other areas, such as giving IT staff back their weekends. Transformation starts in helping customers understand what they have, how that needs to change and adapt so they can accelerate and get escape velocity on that change. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructures with codified integration, baked-in operational experience and ruthless standardization to meet customers’ needs, are core to this IT transformation.