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Amid fiscal restraint, government agencies around the world are transforming their
organizations to be more responsive to the challenges facing them. This
transformation is guided by four governance imperatives: (1) improving citizen and
business outcomes, (2) managing public resources effectively, (3) strengthening
safety and security, and (4) ensuring a sustainable environment. These imperatives
play out across all the domains of governance, including education, healthcare,
transportation, utilities, national defense, and public safety. The information
technology (IT) applications and operations that support these imperatives place
substantial workload demands on IT infrastructures. Traditional government IT
systems are built to handle a single workload in a single agency, but are unable to
handle the workloads effectively or efficiently, thus impeding a government agency’s
ability to deliver on its imperatives.
Government CIOs need guidance to help them transform their IT infrastructures
to deliver on these imperatives. Smarter Computing, a new approach to transform
IT infrastructures, is based on three fundamental capabilities: Designed for Data,
Tuned to the Task, and Managed in the Cloud. Smarter Computing enables IT
infrastructures to handle multiple types of data for advanced management and
analysis applications, by using IT components optimized to the workloads placed on
them, to support a variety of service creation and delivery models.
Meanwhile, leaders in every industry are adopting Smarter Computing to address
the challenges they face and opportunities presented by a Smarter Planet, and IBM
is helping some of them to implement the approach.