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Aligning IT to actual business needs is a CIO’s top priority; however a fragile economic environment that can turn from promising growth to a sudden downturn makes IT planning riskier than ever.
As IT infrastructure and its operation is consuming an increasing percentage of IT resources and budget, new ways of deployment are necessary. These new ways promise a fast adaptation to volatile business situation and can shift resources from IT infrastructure maintenance to business application and process innovation. However, all this requires a breathing IT infrastructure in order to minimize the risk of costly over-provisioning on the one hand and avoid bottlenecks on the other.
Massive deployment of virtualization and automation, based on industry standard components, as well as the introduction of Cloud Computing basics are the key elements of next generation IT architecture to ensure maximum flexibility.
But what are the right delivery models for the new architecture? Is cloud the only way forward, or are there benefits for CIOs in continuing to build, operate and manage their own IT? Or even a mix of both? More than ever it is time to look at best practice and discuss the pros and cons before making any long-term commitments.
Both levers deliver flexibility to a customer’s IT and it might even be an option to pull both to achieve the best results. But there is no generic answer to what fits best.