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  • As a starting point, let’s think about how IT has evolved over the past few decades. Behind the ‘waves’ of progress – client-server, the Internet and so on, IT has been evolving along a number of parallel tracks. Not least we have:Dynamic IT, or the ability to flex IT service delivery based on end-user demand. This has existed in a number of guises, most recently encapsulated by terms such as ‘on-demand’ or ‘adaptive’ IT. However such capabilities were envisaged back in the hey day of the mainframe, and remain relevant now. The latest catalyst towards dynamic IT has to be virtualisation, though it is early days yet.The Internet. Again long in gestation, we now have a situation where every compute device on the planet has the ability to connect to every other using a standards-based backbone. There are still some things to be ironed out, notably bandwidth in general, and mobile access in particular. But few would disagree today with its importance.SOA. Three decades have passed since software luminaries first postulated the principles of modular design, which was taken forward through object orientation to yield the standards-based architectures we recognise today as being ‘service-oriented’. SOA is a work in progress, not least because it is difficult to get right, but it is part and parcel of how applications are written today.Sourcing. From the computer bureaux of the Seventies, through the outsourcing wave of the Nineties to the ideas behind Software as a Service we see today, IT procurement has been a balancing act between doing something in-house, or sourcing skills, services or MIPs externally. To paraphrase an analyst colleague, what we are seeing today is not so much about the convergence of these four tracks, but more their collision. There is a number of reasons – the laws of physics yield new innovations which drive the industry forward; the economics of both IT and business cause a focus on both efficiency and effectiveness; both businesses and purveyors of services are being drawn form a now-global pool; and the boundaries between organisations, their suppliers, subcontractors and customers are becoming increasingly blurred. All of these factors conspire to give us a vision of the inevitable – that organisations large and small will indeed have the wherewithal to source an increasing variety of services from third parties, using the Internet as a backbone. Less inevitable is that teh vision will be achieved quickly, or without pain as both providers and consumers learn the most workable approaches.
  • Are we really any better off when we respond to technology hype?

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  • 1. www.freeformdynamics.com
    IT Looking Forward
    Priorities and plans
    Jon Collins, Managing Director
    Freeform Dynamics Ltd
    jon@freeformdynamics.com
    April 2010
  • 2. Agenda
    Today’s priorities
    What’s technology bringing?
    Taking things from here
  • 3. Organisational priorities for IT
    Which of the following indicators do you see as important to your organization?
  • 4. Meanwhile, some things continue to go up...
    What business drivers are having the most impact on how you architect and operate your server estate?
  • 5. What’s technology bringing? Whirlwind tour…
    Infrastructure stuff
    Virtualisation of servers, storage, desktops...
    Convergence through 10 Gig Ethernet
    Service-based delivery and cloud
    User-facing stuff
    Collaboration and information sharing
    Unified communications and VoIP
    Information management and BI
  • 6. The two-edged sword of virtualisation
    Have you faced any of the following challenges with your server consolidation activities?
  • 7. VIRTUALISED SERVER
    SERVER 1
    SERVER 2
    SERVER 3
    WORKLOAD 1
    WORKLOAD 2
    WORKLOAD 3
    INTERFACE
    STORAGE A
    STORAGE B
    STORAGE C
    STORAGE A
    STORAGE B
    STORAGE C
    Adopters starting to appreciate architectural impact
  • 8. Network convergence is means to end
  • 9. Meanwhile, what about Cloud?
  • 10. Why Now? Convergence vs Collision
    Physics
    Internet
    Dynamic IT
    Boundary Erosion
    Eco-nomics
    Global-isation
    Sourcing
    SOA
  • 11. Early days for information management
    How well are your needs actually being met in the following areas?
  • 12. Limited uptake of ‘real’ UC today...
    But‘aggressive’ adopters seeing significant benefits
  • 13. And of course…
  • 14. Taking things from here: familiar trade-offs
    BUSINESS
    REQUIREMENTS
  • 15. INCREASED EFFECTIVENESS
    INCREASED EFFICIENCY
    IT as
    differentiator
    IT as foundation
    Making a real difference to business
    Making everything “just work”
    IT as bottleneck
    Efficiency before effectiveness
  • 16. What to leave out?
    Average outsourcing index by Senior Management view of IT
  • 17. Good
    Improve
    Maintain
    Fit with service requirements
    Bad
    Transform
    Kill
    Non-differentiating
    Differentiating
    Business value of application
    Rationalise to get breathing space
  • 18. Where to start? Beer mat IT
    Governance is not a dirty word – it’s about making informed, open decisions
    Know what you have
    Know what “they” do
    Know what they want
    Know what is possible
    Know what you are doing
    Know the constraints and risks
    Reduce waste, look for value
    Management is key
  • 19. www.freeformdynamics.com
    IT Looking Forward
    Priorities and plans
    Jon Collins, Managing Director
    Freeform Dynamics Ltd
    jon@freeformdynamics.com
    April 2010