Business demands of this modern world are becoming very dynamic and the IT services must be highly responsive to these demands. IT leaders are finding it very difficult to keep pace of these modern requirements, and thus the internal IT departments are becoming less effective. Challenges in IT infrastructure arise throughout the development process – from design to installation to support & services. Let’s take a look at some of the common challenges impeding responsiveness in IT infrastructures:
Lack of strategic alignment between IT & Business: Business leaders need to act as a broker and move their IT from a cost center to a strategic center of business innovation.
Technology: Technology is moving so quickly, and in so many directions like Big Data, Mobile, Social, etc., that it becomes challenging to adopt in this ever growing IT environment. However, technology advancement continues to drive economic growth and, in some cases, unleash disruptive change.
Increasing complexity: Organizations need to move from IT silos to fully integrated management, from slow and manual infrastructures to rapid, repeatable and automated infrastructures and from reactive administration to proactive administration.
Availability: The business needs high quality, highly available IT services. The difference is in business expectations and available alternatives.
Scalability: IT infrastructures in many of the organizations lack the ability to enhance the system by adding new functionality at minimal effort.
Inefficient use of resources: In many of the organizations, the resources are not being used efficiently due to lack of integration in IT departments and delay in response times by the siloed IT departments. Moreover, IT resources are allocated manually rather than having an automated and centralized model to utilize the IT resources more effectively.
Turning each of these challenges into opportunities is the hallmark of the most successful companies. But what can you do about it? New ways of doing business is required. It’s time for change. Re-architect your IT infrastructure with Software Defined Environment (SDE) that provides a framework for enabling responsive and agile IT infrastructure. Software Defined Environment provides the next generation of infrastructure automation for real-time response. SDE increases infrastructure agility by accelerating workload deployment and managing application lifecycle through rapid changes. A Software Defined Environment rapidly and automatically deploys new workloads on optimal resources, based on business needs. With developers and IT architects focused on writing code and not on configuring infrastructure, SDE reduces the time to market of new business services from weeks to days. This added responsiveness increases competitive advantage by accelerating differentiation.
SDE fully integrates IT infrastructure across resource domains to maximize utilization, ensure compliance and decrease administration costs. One of the foundational approaches for implementing a responsive SDE is Open standards. An SDE based on Open Standards speeds the technology’s integration and offers you more choices to deliver additional capabilities that drastically improve your IT infrastructure’s responsiveness to business driven change.
So are you ready to bring this change to make your IT infrastructure simplified, responsive and adaptive? Share your experiences and join the conversation with us on Twitter @IBMSDE.
Lastly, we invite you at IBM Pulse 2014 from February 23 to February 26 at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, Nevada to discover how IBM’s leading-edge SDE offerings are helping customers worldwide to achieve game-changing results for their businesses!
IBM Systems and Technology Group