Sometimes in life, it’s not what you know, or who you know. It’s a matter of how confident you are. Every visionary has a story about how he or she believed in their product/mission/service when nobody else did, and how that confidence made them a success. Having certainty in your infrastructure or IT environment can give IT teams and stakeholders the confidence needed to try new things.
Whether testing a new application that’s in development or experimenting with process changes, the success of an IT strategy is largely based off of the level of confidence in the system as a whole. How confident are you in the stability and success of your systems?
Reliability in Systems Means Everything
When today’s technologies support more critical data than ever, it’s important to have reliable systems in place. Specifically, todays hot topics of data storage, compute power, and big data all demand great data storage and processing. Without the right systems in place for both, system failures and reaction times can affect business at the end-user level.
Gain Assurance with Smart Updates
As reported by Chris Taylor from a recent Gartner Keynote, "The single biggest problem most organizations have today is exactly what to do with legacy systems that are crucial for the business as both systems of record and as business process support." If a legacy system is working well with capacity for growth, then updating may not make sense. However, for some outdated legacy systems it is crucial to make changes. Justifying updated technology expenditures means new systems must provide a superior business value proposition, and today's technologies that are flexible, scalable, and secure meet this demand.
History Versus Confidence: The Trade-Off
Having an outdated system in place can also harm reputations and relationships. If IT teams are reluctant to change, and continue to use inflexible legacy systems, data and compute power demands will become overwhelming. Newer systems designed for scalability, flexibility, and lower maintenance will increase capabilities, and confidence. For organizations to be successful, it's important to move on from trepadations and become adaptive and innovative.
As the Economy Grows, So Does Technology Investments
Ernst and Young explained, “68% percent of technology executives believe the global economy is improving, with another 20% indicating the economy is stable.” As confidence in the economy grows, technology budgets also expand and capital expenditures need to be well planned.
Joe Steger, EY's Global Technology Industry Transaction Advisory Services Leader, goes further to say, “Many technology companies have been focused for several years on doing more with less — basically, becoming more streamlined and efficient. Now, with increasing pressure on corporate earnings, they need to grow the top line.” Investing in smart, reliable systems will achieve technological confidence and growth.
Confidence in the Cloud
Companies need to update their technologies for new workloads born from cloud and mobile. According to a survey by Emergent Research for Intuit, 37 percent of small businesses have fully adopted cloud computing. Within enterprises, RightScale says that 74 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy, and more than half of those are already using both public and private cloud. The flexibility gained under a cloud computing architecture is felt at every level of the business. From reduced on-site power demands to scalability, the cloud offers superior price and performance advantages and security.
For your business, it’s important to have solutions in place that can handle complex, mission-critical applications with confidence. IBM Power Systems, with new capabilities, is equipped for cloud, analytics, and mobile workloads.
For more information on how IBM Power Systems can help your business, contact the IBM BP Network today.