Eight IT Infrastructure Success Drivers for 2014

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-06-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A new report from McKinsey & Company provides a glimpse as to what's ahead in 2014—and beyond—for IT infrastructure management. Overall, there will be a push to expand beyond merely technology capabilities and add to business-enhancing value. Infrastructure operations will take advantage of pricing strategies that closely resemble those from a traditional commercial marketplace. They'll commit to open-source innovation to further cut costs. And they'll seek to expand automated, self-service functions, while migrating more infrastructure needs to the private cloud. "Highly uncertain business conditions have resulted in tighter budgets," the McKinsey & Company report states. "Many infrastructure managers have rushed to put tactical cost reductions in place—canceling projects, rationalizing contractors, extracting vendor concessions and deferring investments to upgrade hardware and software." Smarter organizations will take to the following steps to avoid these crisis-mode steps. The forecast is based upon 50 discussions with heads of infrastructure at Fortune 500 companies. For more about the report, click here

 
 
 
  • Infrastructure Acquisition Will Take on a Commercial-Style Approach

    More standard service offerings will be added on a price-times-quantity basis, for example.
    Infrastructure Acquisition Will Take on a Commercial-Style Approach
  • Automation Rules the Day

    Operational processes will be redesigned to eliminate manual steps required for traditional environments.
    Automation Rules the Day
  • Hyperscale Infrastructure Functions Will Usher in Next-Generation Hosting

    These techniques include extensive self-service and automation, software-defined networking, and the aggressive use of open-source tech, enabling companies to reduce hosting costs by 50% to 75%.
    Hyperscale Infrastructure Functions Will Usher in Next-Generation Hosting
  • The Private Cloud's Profile Will Rise

    After experiencing a stall period during which only a small fraction of functions are hosted in the cloud, the private cloud will become the default option for many tech workloads.
    The Private Cloud's Profile Will Rise
  • Developers Will Get Empowered

    With leveraged automation driving DevOps opportunities, developers will have more control over their applications.
    Developers Will Get Empowered
  • A Perfect Balance Will Be Sought

    Enterprises will seek the best-possible balance between the use of smartphones, tablets and other cloud-enabled devices which extend the reach of a company's wired information infrastructure and the need to protect against breaches.
    A Perfect Balance Will Be Sought
  • Data Centers Will Get More Modular

    Modular, predesigned architectures will increase data center flexibility while bringing down costs.
    Data Centers Will Get More Modular
  • Operators and Engineers Will Get Groomed for Business

    With a need to cultivate business leadership among operators and engineers, organizations will incorporate rotational staffing to round out skills of top performers and invest in non-technical, business-focused training.
    Operators and Engineers Will Get Groomed for Business
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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