Flying High or Stuck in the Muck: Where Is the Data Center Headed? – ITBusinessEdge

Posted on 26 April 2012

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This is a fun article.  Reminds me of “The Mainframe is Dying” and yet it is still here.  I tend to agree with Arthur on this one, the data center will live on, but is under great change and the speed of change is coming fast.

This is nothing new to outsource, we’ve been through this before.  The difference this time is that the business is calling the shots.  According to a Gartner and Forbes survey of Board of Directors, 65% of BoD count on technology to drive competitive advantage for the business. The role of IT is evolving and it is an imperative that IT move from reactive and managing technology to proactively managing services and a manager/broker of services and be able to answer 3 simple questions in real time, 24x7x365:

  • Are we open for business?
  • How are we performing?
  • What is our current risk?

Answering these questions requires turning a sea of technical data into actionable, intelligent information in real time. The time has come to make a difference in the business with technology.

The reason for the dramatic claims that the data center is dying, much like the mainframe, is the level of business frustration to drive change in behavior within IT organizations.

How is your IT organization evolving?



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