IT services vendor Unisys has listed out five areas that will drive IT strategy for the new year.
One key focus for CIOs and IT managers will be to eliminate wastage of technology resources--from hardware to systems and people, pointed out Scott Whyman, vice president & general manager, Unisys Asia South.
The five are:
(1) Take the guesswork out of IT with automation
In 2009, automating infrastructure management in a virtualised environment will enable businesses to make their operations more responsive, flexible and competitive. Based on predetermined rules, the IT infrastructure can immediately change which servers are running, determine software and capacity requirements and reconfigure how those servers are connected to network and storage, as required.
(2) On-demand service delivery to have greater take-up
Utility computing services, such as metered storage, allow businesses to only purchase the processing and storage capacity that meets their current business requirements and easily add, change or remove allocated capacity as their IT resource requirements fluctuate.
(3) Centralised IT infrastructure
As management teams strive for a more comprehensive 'whole of company' view of all facets of their organisation, more will adopt a centralised IT infrastructure. This will also enable knowledge management and modelling methodologies to be used to track interdependencies across an organisation and more easily consider the impact of changes before they are made. Individual business unit accountability will be maintained using chargeback capabilities to track use and allocate costs to the appropriate business unit.
(4) Better asset management
Under-utilised IT resources will become a large focus for companies looking to identify wasted resources and improve organisational efficiency. Organisations will increasingly embrace asset management solutions that ensure the appropriate matching of enterprise license purchases with end-user demand.
(5) Being green--an added benefit only
As businesses will look to protect their bottom line first and foremost in 2009, solutions that also help them meet their green commitments will be an added benefit, but not a primary decision driver. However, businesses will be forced to make some adjustments to reduce their impact on the environment to comply with specific carbon emission legislative requirements.
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