3. Embracing open standards: At its best, the IT industry is a community of innovators working together for the greater good. When done right, powerful technologies are produced that are based on open standards. There are some that would argue that standards stifle innovation among IT vendors; that proprietary technology is the only way to differentiate. We disagree. We believe that technology vendors should differentiate themselves by the innovation they build on top of standards. That way, you are assured compatibility between the solutions you buy today and tomorrow. But ultimately, only the market can decide whether our approach is valid. Standards-based solutions also meet the greatest number of needs in the greatest number of situations, and they have been marketplace tested. So there is a predictability, stability and price/value benefit you get from standards that cannot be matched with proprietary solutions.
4. Thinking software-defined: Software has revolutionized way we live and work. When we think about the Future-ready Enterprise, one that is capable of responding to change quickly, we think about moving as much of the operations and management of IT as possible into software. "Software-defined X" can transform how organizations manage workloads and infrastructure, how they buy hardware and software, and how they change the entire cost paradigm for providing enterprise workloads and functionality. Software - more than any other aspect of information technology - allows for flexibility and agility in IT systems. From applications delivered through the cloud to the software-based data center, this is the foundational thinking behind delivering IT-as-a-service. A software-first strategy can deliver the results every organization is seeking: greater agility, lower costs, simplification, and ultimately better organizational results.
5. Designing security with 'end-to-end' in mind: The IT security market has always been highly fragmented. There are dozens of 'best-of-breed' solutions addressing narrow aspects of security - from intrusion detection to application security to identity and access management. Problems occur when these point solutions are not seamlessly integrated. The reason is because organizations do not have on-staff security experts and solutions aren't designed to work in concert with each other. This piecemeal approach leaves unintended and potentially dangerous gaps. Future-ready enterprises use end-to-end security that is designed from the start to be simple, efficient and connected. Successful organizations design security holistically so that every part works in concert to do its part. By tying together the splintered aspects of IT security into one integrated solution, organizations can share, combine, and analyze security insight from every system across the organization.
In conclusion, technology can drive better outcomes for businesses, suggest new ways to disrupt existing business models or address disruptions in the industry, but it has to be leveraged with the flexible, adaptable IT infrastructure that is found in a Future-ready Enterprise. Organizations cannot be ready for the future if they are still using outdated technology and clinging to old ways of thinking. Whether it is harnessing data to create better insights and services, using the cloud to rapidly address new customer needs or supporting a highly mobile workforce, organizations can better prepare themselves for the unpredictable future by adopting the most progressive technology infrastructures and best practices designed to meet the challenges of the modern enterprise.
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