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Why IT Agility is important for Enterprises?

Jun 1st 2015 at 11:15 PM

Whether it’s a large enterprise or SMB, the role of chief information officer (CIO) remains the same – to run the IT operations in an efficient way. What hinders the success of some enterprises is the inability of their IT infrastructure to incorporate a new business process that might give them a competitive advantage! Put simply, IT agility is about how fast IT will enable business to execute a process for better results.

In the world of dynamic business environments and increasing market pressure, businesses require distinct patterns of IT capabilities to increase operational responsiveness. Easy to say!! However, getting the right mix in the business IT is not so easy! Enterprises require a good understanding of what are the enablers and inhibitors of IT agility. For centralized units, shared IT capabilities is the enabler of agility, while for decentralized units, shared IT capabilities is the inhibitor to agility. To avoid over-investing in one technology stack and align IT dollars with strategic direction, companies need:

  • Managed Cloud or Cloudshoring: Through managed cloud, businesses can tap the power of cloud computing without having spent time and energy in application stacks and tools. They can focus on their core business processes and new customers. Once the key applications have been migrated to the cloud, things will automatically move faster.

  • Cloudshoring is about outsourcing the various Software design, development, testing, maintenance, support and managed services operations on the Cloud. Cloud based IT deployment can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world. Before deploying their IT services on the Cloud, enterprises must seek cloud consulting and advisory services.

  • Ethernet fabrics. Ethernet fabrics provide a uniform interface wherein every port enforces security and uses policies. It’s a platform where the entire network infrastructure need not be torn out at once. They are compatible with existing legacy infrastructure so time take to integrate new solutions to existing architecture will decrease.

  • IT Automation: This will help companies to achieve faster development and deployment of new applications. It can be fulfilled by aligning network and security provisioning with compute and storage provisioning. Restoring the complex software-based networks will help streamline all IT operations. Cloud management platforms automate provisioning of networking and security without requiring any manual reconfiguration of physical network devices.

In the world IT where cloud computing is the norm, enterprises require IT agility. The best way to achieve agility is to evolve and embrace change.

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