Moving from traditional silo-based data centers to modular compute-centers for increased business enablement
Competitive advantage is not permanent, as many organizations have painfully experienced, and the search for it has frequently proved unfruitful. If successful, the advantage often only lasted a short while. If competitive advantage is to be lasting in this new digital era, where disruption is a constant factor, businesses must build and ensure a stable yet flexible technology platform, which can easily adapt to future business needs and requirements.
Creating such a technology platform must be considered a hygiene factor for future business success and absence of adequate technology services a thing of the past.
Organizations that do this first will have a real opportunity to focus on developing their business proposition and not on dissatisfactory ICT services. In turn, this can offer a foundation for (business) innovation and a real competitive advantage.
At the core of these services is the data center with all its technological complexity and security constraints. Getting ready for the next generation of DCs will prove critical for every organization, large or small, private or public, if they are to thrive in the insights-economy.
Inside magazine issue 10, October 2015
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