What is striking about this project is that, as a company, Smith is a medium-sized, fairly traditional firm. But as an IT user, it is right on the frontier of today's application techniques. This illustrates the fact that IT is moving from supporting business processes to being the business's processes, and that traditional application designs and infrastructures are inadequate to support today's needs.
In turn, this is driving the need to move to computing environments that are far beyond what a typical corporate environment, capable of supporting the computing requirements of a decade ago, can provide. The coming computing needs of corporations are driving an enormous transformation in how infrastructure is delivered -- and who provides it. To return to the metaphor outlined at the beginning of this post, the computing ecosystem is undergoing a gigantic change, and every participant needs to figure out how it will evolve to meet the future -- or face the unpalatable consequences.
Bernard Golden is the vice vresident of Enterprise Solutions for enStratus Networks, a cloud management software company. He is the author of three books on virtualization and cloud computing, including Virtualization for Dummies.
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