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Streamlining Innovation: The Imperative of Platform Engineering for Modern Enterprises

Discover how platform engineering streamlines CTO and CIO infrastructure development and operations, proactively addressing issues and adding resilience and innovation.

The pressure to maintain a competitive advantage while managing costs and risks has never been greater for CTOs and CIOs running modern cloud infrastructures. Platform engineering offers several solutions by addressing critical vulnerabilities in the IT landscape.

In modern cloud operations, platform engineering is the strategic approach to creating common tools, services and practices that streamline development and operational processes across the enterprise. It's about building a common infrastructure that teams can access to improve the efficiency, consistency and quality of software delivery.

If you’re running a modern cloud infrastructure, platform engineering can revolutionize your approach to managing core knowledge, onboarding, technical debt and cloud governance. It can help you drive a more efficient, innovative and cohesive technology organization.

By establishing a common platform to facilitate knowledge sharing, collaboration and governance, platform engineering addresses several key IT management challenges, including the following.


Capture tribal knowledge

Tribal knowledge often resides with a select few individuals, making it challenging to leverage it broadly across the organization. Platform engineering helps create and share documentation, tools and APIs. By encapsulating these insights, valuable techniques are accessible enterprise-wide, enhancing collaboration and reducing information dependencies.

Accelerate new hire onboarding

Inconsistent onboarding processes and scattered information repositories impede the integration of new talent into the organization. Implementing a robust platform engineering approach that includes software catalogs, templates and knowledge repositories can reduce onboarding time for new engineers and developers. Providing every new hire with a clear, consistent path to productivity reduces time-to-competency and accelerates innovation.

Uphold industry standards

Without a unified approach, teams and individuals develop their own best practices, leading to fragmentation and inefficiency. Platform engineering supports the adoption of industry-standard best practices, tools and methodologies. It fosters a culture of continuous learning and improvement, ensuring that the entire organization moves forward together.

Mitigate technical debt

Technical debt burdens companies, especially in cloud operations. The debt increases costs and reduces agility. Platform engineering provides standardized practices for cloud governance and infrastructure management. By automating and optimizing cloud use, platform engineering helps organizations pay down technical debt and avoid taking on new liabilities, ensuring a more agile and cost-effective operation.

Balance innovation with control

Strict cloud governance can sometimes hinder innovation by imposing too many constraints on developers. Platform engineering implements cloud governance as a set of supporting tools and practices rather than restrictive rules. It balances control and flexibility, enabling teams to innovate securely and responsibly within a clearly defined framework.

Platform engineering offers a compelling path for CTOs and CIOs looking to drive their organizations forward. Addressing critical issues around knowledge sharing, onboarding, best practices, technical debt and cloud governance lays the foundation for a more efficient, innovative and resilient technology organization.

Transformation doesn't happen overnight. But with a strategic approach to platform engineering, the long-term benefits for your company and stakeholders are within reach.

Learn more about how platform engineering can help you build an efficient, innovative and cohesive IT organization — ready for today’s and tomorrow's challenges. Contact us to explore solutions tailored to your organization’s exact cloud architecture management needs.


Stay tuned as we unpack the transformative potential of platform engineering. 

Other articles in this series:

- Empowering Innovation: How Platform Engineering Catalyzes Enterprise Growth

- A CFO's Guide to Financial Optimization through Platform Engineering

- Enhancing Excellence in Solution Architecture with Platform Engineering

- Elevating Your Security Posture with Platform Engineering

- Revolutionize Cloud Engineering with Platform Engineering

- The Game-Changing Impact of Platform Engineering for Developers and Product


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About the Authors

Simon Mohr

Cloud Delivery Lead for Elastic Engineering +

Simon Mohr

Meet Simon Mohr, a technical team leader with 15 years’ experience of delivering infrastructure transformation and cloud migration programmes. Simon has worked with Rackspace as an award-winning migration partner from 2008 – 2014 and has worked with Rackspace Cloud solutions since their inception. He is now a Cloud Delivery Lead for EE+ in EMEA leading among other things a platform engineering team building developer portals for one of Rackspace’s largest customers. Simon’s passion is the people he works with and supporting his engineering teams to work to their full potential. He also builds strong relationships with his customers, always striving to make them and us better!

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