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Another form of specialization that provides lower cost or higher quality
Total Quality Management (TQM)
Collaboration between buyers and suppliers - replaces – usual antagonistic relationship
Reduction in number of suppliers
Shift to a different and closer relationship
Concentrating not just on the core strategic business units but also on the core competencies with a future orientation that are essential to the business.
Growing Business without owning the assets/employing people
Lubricant of Virtual company is IT & Communication that lessen the impact of distance
Supply chain management
Optimize linkage between various firms so that the value is improved for all players
Ability reduce cost quickly
Flexible working practices
In today’s highly competitive and increasingly global marketplace, corporations are beginning to use their networks as a strategic advantage , one that empowers the business to gain an edge over their competitors. Network are becoming a more visible , integral and essential part of a company’s business . www.imsasia.com
IT organizations are being asked to evolve their existing network information systems to achieve lower operating costs , increased user access to critical business data, and greater flexibility in responding to an increasingly demanding business climate. The ending result is a steady stream of new technologies , constant pressure for new and improved network services , and increased requirements for higher bandwidths . www.imsasia.com
Responding to these pressures in a piecemeal fashion , with multiple, compartmentalized purchases and frequent, uncoordinated changes in policy , will not keep the network ahead of the demand curve. Nor will it keep the enterprise ahead of the competition. Without a framework for guiding decisions on organization, policy, and new technology acquisition, building an efficient and effective communications capability is unlikely and the quality of the enterprise’s network will suffer. www.imsasia.com
When a company relies on its enterprise-wide network as a critical business tool , it must carefully plan, design, implement, and manage the network so that it supports the company’s business functions while servicing the individual needs of various organizations and end-users. www.imsasia.com
IMS Network Computing Practice Phases
This Methodologies and Best Practices captures IMS’s experience assisting multi-national organizations in the development of enterprise network architecture and implementation
IMS Network Assessment & Strategy
Examine the client’s Business Strategy , IT Strategy , and the Existing Computing Architecture with emphasis on understanding the key business drivers with a focus on the enterprise’s mission-critical applications and the service level requirements.
Develop a reference document to baseline findings associated with the assessment of the network environment with regards to:
Mission-critical applications & Distribution of data
Computing platforms & Infrastructure
Service levels & Vendors
Assessment results are derived from a detailed analysis of traffic, protocol, and configuration data, fact-finding interviews, on-site facility inspections, and architecture reviews of associated with the current deployment
Findings report identifies key areas contributing to the current capacity, availability, Security and performance issues
IMS Network Assessment & Strategy (cont..)
Defines network strategy and a target networked computing architecture.
The goal of the network strategy is to make decisions on objectives, priorities, and trade-offs for the network which reflect business priorities.
Provides key guiding principles and evaluation criteria used to drive the network architecture process.
Includes documentation of the gaps between existing capabilities/resources and anticipated needs.
Choices made about network technology flow from these decisions
IMS Network Architecture
Architecture describes the desired structure of an enterprise's network (LAN & WAN )infrastructure and it’s services
Provides a macro view and long-term blue-print of major building blocks for all enterprise network systems and components.
Architecture brings unity, consistency, and simplicity to the design of a complex network
Establishes a framework for:
A more informed decision-making process
Ongoing planning, design, migration and implementation activities
Estimating the level of investment necessary to execute the architecture
Subsequent detailed design, migration and implementation efforts
IMS Network Architecture (cont..)
Evaluate applicability of new network technologies, products, and services.
Documents the consensus, justifications , directions, interfaces, standards, and integration points
Considers of all design factors
Reduce risk and avoids cost related to duplicate effort and maximize asset utilization
price/benefit of aggregation vs. fragments of network infrastructure
Allows to be pro-active by enabling infrastructure for unforeseen and future applications.
architectural separation between elements of a network systems and corporate applications
Facilitate compatibility and ease the administration of systems
Develop Cost model based on “Utility Concept” for Network Connectivity instead of Network systems hardware/software purchases based on projects or departments or applications.
IMS Provider/Service Selection
Define functional & technical requirements for vendors and service providers based on Network architecture.
Develop Request for Proposal (RFP) for Vendor and Service provider qualifications.
Verify short listed vendors or service providers ability to comply for RFP requirements in PoC lab environment.
Develop strategy for vendor/provider final selection
IMS Initial Deployment & Engineering
Selected vendors or service providers are tested in real client networked environment for the final production compliance in accordance to the network architecture
Provide final state detailed network design
Best practice engineering options are configured
Verify and Test for Normal state and failure state data flow
IMS Network Migration & Roll-out
Presents a detailed migration strategy and map
Develop work flow
Develop detailed project plan
Implement proposed Network solution
IMS Consulting Value
Opportunity to reduce costs and to gain better performance
Enables client management to focus on higher priorities
Increased value for money spent in Networking product purchases
Solves skill shortage
Immediate skill shortage
Avoids hidden costs of having to deal with the issues of labor turnover
Keeping requisite skills and expertise in advanced technologies
Keeping pace with new developments
Brings learning curve effect and economies of scale
Strategic and Problem Solving Activities
Integrated offering of Know-how & services
Integrated coordination with client organization, service provider and and hardware & software vendors.
IMS maintains high levels of expertise in advanced Networking technologies that changes rapidly and for it’s partners the future costs of staying in the forefront are very high.