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Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

By Harish Venkat, Vice President, Global Business Development and Product Marketing at Oracle

 

When I speak with CIOs about what they’re concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:

 

Flexibility and agility are key to tech-driven business success

A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report into the ways technology will change organisations between now and 2020 reveals that businesses will have nowhere to hide from the disrupting yet energising effects of technology change.

Those with flexible processes, agile structures, and the right tools for their people and customers, will be able to adjust quickly and will find technology-led change invigorating and laden with opportunity.

The need for change, as a result of technology, is largely attributed to an increase of low cost computing power, storage and bandwidth available via the cloud. It is also recognised that organisations will continue to accumulate increasing volumes of data, from a growing variety of sources at accelerating speeds; big data.

It is time to put some of your applications out of their misery

There are many ways that applications portfolios get bloated, and up to a point it does not necessarily impact the business too much. But just now is a good time to get the paring knife out and looking to see what can be cut away. One reason for this is that in times of austerity, paying for applications that are not really needed is poor business practice. Another good reason is that the next shift in enterprise IT practice – making a real start on exploiting cloud based service delivery – is going to demand a good deal of rationalisation of the existing applications portfolio.

Outbursts of immaturity

By Martin Banks

If there one thing I thought the words `mission critical’ might conjure up it is a sense of maturity, if only on the basis that `this stuff is serious business, best be serious about it for the sake of the business’. Yet it has to be said that the history of the IT business is splattered with examples of spats and infighting between the vendors.

I had hoped to see that such juvenile delinquency was a thing of the past with the emergence of the cloud. But it appears I am going to be proved wrong and the habits of a lifetime will still come to the fore.

How important is IT in defining a business strategy?

It was a simple enough question…: “What is an IT strategy and what does it achieve?,” asked Kevin Howe-Patterson. “How do you know you’ve got a good IT strategy?”

Simple it may be, but it prompted a fierce debate. “One that completely supports the strategic goals of the business, bearing in mind also that the strategic goals could in themselves change in light of the possibilities that IT brings to the table”, said Mike Briercliffe. “A proactive approach to how the business is able to get the best use of its technology,” added Oli Rhys.