IT or IT-enabled companies are engaged in finding the most effective ways of operational cost optimisation through innovative infrastructure management. Perhaps, this is the need of the hour. Perhaps, it is also one of the best ways of staying afloat and competing in a highly globalized IT market.
Planning for good, bad times
Whatever may be driving the companies towards infrastructure management, its effectiveness in streamlining operations, cost cutting and addressing the operational complexities has been unquestionable. The easing of operations leaves companies with room to strategise and plan well for both good times and bad times.
Spends on Infrastructure
Though relatively better insulated against recession, global IT giants in India are unwilling to hark back to good old golden days of spending liberally on infrastructure to streamline operations. Lavish spending on infrastructure development and upgrade in today’s new business ecosystem is a total ‘no-no’. With the stress being on cost cutting and operational optimisation, the focus of enterprises has obviously shifted to making best use of the available resources and infrastructure to gain the maximum benefits.
CIOs and CTOs in demand
No wonder, the spotlight is on CIOs or Chief Information Officer responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support enterprise objectives and CTOs or Chief Technology Officer responsible for the management of technological needs of a company or institution. Businesses are engaging them with the expectations that they would come out with their managerial expertise to ensure maximum returns on their investments on enterprises.
Job well cut out!
For the CIOs and CTOs their jobs in the new business environment are well cut out. They are expected to give a fresh thrust to the pace of the business and find ways to keep the rising maintenance and administrative costs under check. This is easier said than done. The task entails that these new-age CIOs and CTOs will have to soon strike a balance between the enterprises’ budget and their need to upgrade in keeping with fast changing demands of the market.
One question that is increasingly being asked about infrastructure management is that whether it is possible to effectively make IT worthwhile for businesses. It is also being asked if IT should be able to run businesses and help fulfil the day to day demands of businesses. In its new-age avatar, experts say, IT’s role should arch over the enterprises’ business interests to make it viable in a highly competitive world and profitable.
IT Infra service model
It is now acknowledged that the best possible way of leveraging on the given business scenarios is to go for a service model based IT infrastructural management . This will facilitate linking IT operations with enterprise business, expert aver.
IT ops and service model
But is linking IT operation to business through the service model based IT infrastructure management is always an effective way of running an enterprise? This brings to fore issues like how quicker the enterprises can deploy services than their competitors and within the stipulated budget. This also underlines the need of storing and securing business data, efficient support to internal and external customers, optimal use of IT – infrastructure, etc.
In a IT or IT enabled enterprise IT infrastructure management covers areas like renting out servers located in far flung data centre, customising and standardising services across diverse business environment, use of cloud computing, pay as per the use of IT infrastructure uses, etc. All these moves are proven to be effective in keeping track of and in controlling the IT infrastructure costs.