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The next step in digital business transformation

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The current model for delivering IT is overstretched or, in some cases, broken. IT budgets and resources are tied up with the day-to-day issues of managing legacy deployments. A continuous struggle to simply ‘keep the lights on’ leaves little capacity for innovation or sufficient time to focus on addressing business needs.

The traditional approach of ‘evaluate, purchase and deploy’ does not scale for businesses that increasingly need rapid access to innovation and commercial flexibility to dynamically address market challenges and user needs. The financial focus needs to switch from cost of ownership to value obtained and cost of use.

Many organisations are looking to cloud – public, private and hybrid – to provide more flexible IT infrastructure and services. Users, whose awareness and confidence with technology has grown through large-scale consumer adoption, need complete freedom to access cloud services irrespective of the assets used.

A simple ‘Return on Investment’ calculation fails to capture the full range of value and costs in sufficient time. It has become too coarse and a fine-grained, more flexible model is now required, where IT can be supplied and consumed as a service, measured by the value it delivers, not the cost of the infrastructure. This frees up resources enabling IT to move from operational maintenance and day-to-day concerns of ownership of assets, to managing innovation and effective usage.