In the past three tears, the world has changed for information technology groups. In the late 1990s, the predominant problem was deploying equipment and software quickly enough to keep up with demand for computing. While the tech sector boomed on Wall Street, money was no object. IT budgets swelled and the numbers of computers in data centers grew exponentially.?
Now, in the early 2000s, the picture is very different. IT budgets are flat down, yet business demand for IT services continues to escalate. This combination of more demand and constrained budgets has compelled IT groups to consider new approaches to IT infrastructure, approaches that offer more flexibility and lower cost of ownership.
The common theme is cost cutting. In today?s world, profits come less easily than in 1990s. Competitors are more experienced, and competition is more intense. Corporations that trim costs while providing great service will prevail over those that can?t.
IT plays a major role in this competitive situation. As competition becomes more intense, so does the pressure on IT to cut costs and boost contribution. Now more than ever, large corporations are using their computing assets as tools to pull ahead of the competition.
The January 13, 2003, issue of Time Magazine provides a great example of how IT contributes in new ways. Executives at a big-box retailer were considering dropping a particular brand of chicken from the shelves because the sales volume was poor. Then the retailer?s data miners found that customers who bought that brand of chicken also bought large amounts of other merchandise. The chicken stayed.
Data mining, online transactions, and other new computing demands require collecting and processing enormous amounts of data. Still, IT departments are expected to keep up, even with budgets flat down. The bottom line is that IT will be doing more with less.
Modular Computing can slash costs in IT infrastructure. It enables IT groups to consolidate equipment, conserving expensive real estate. It offers the opportunity to migrate applications from expensive proprietary platforms to more, powerful, and manageable systems.
Download your Full Reports for Modular Computing