Technology continues to influence and drive our everyday activities, both personally and professionally. From running corporate America to managing the family household, we need to be in position to access, process and manage information instantaneously, regardless of the time of day. Information access and management continues to be a key enabler for Corporate IT and its ability to support the business. As a result, attention to areas such as virtualization, data governance, corporate social media and cloud computing become critical points for the CIO agenda.
As data demands grow at an exponential rate and users expect uninterrupted access to this data, virtualized storage and server components are required. Data volumes continue to grow regardless of corporate budgets and IT organizations must continue to address this demand via the virtualization of the server and storage environments, and the automation of its operational support. In addition, regulations and compliance will continue to drive requirements for the protection, control and management of the information and supporting infrastructure assets.
Users will want to be able to access corporate information, regardless of its sensitivity, from any device, platform or location. Devices like smartphones, public kiosks and home computers are bringing new networks into corporate infrastructure. IT shops can no longer standardize on a single platform, but rather accommodate this change while trying to control and protect the appropriate business sensitive information. This places greater emphasis on the security and management controls for an IT organization and to proactively know and monitor this type of information.
Most IT organizations should be at least assessing how cloud computing will impact their operations for information access. Besides potentially reducing operational expenses, cloud computing will help organizations evaluate what could be considered commodity IT services that can be leveraged internally (private) or externally (public). Utilizing cloud solutions in response to the continued information demand will allow the CIO to be more responsive to the business, meet stringent service levels, and shrink its infrastructure footprint and supporting operations.
Our West Monroe Partners’ Technology Solutions practice continues to act as the trusted CIO advisor to work through many of these growing demands and bring innovative solutions that meet their IT needs.