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Strategic Infrastructure

Strategic Infrastructure - Overview

Business executives need to think strategically about information management and infrastructure; to be competitive, enterprises require the delivery of business critical information in the right form at the right time.

In today’s global economy, the livelihood of the organization is linked to how well the IT function manages the availability, integrity, and confidence of the information and IT systems used to operate core business procedures. Whether it is protecting information or meeting legal and regulatory requirements, the challenge confronting IT managers in an increasingly interconnected world means managing business opportunity and risk simultaneously.1

An infrastructure that effectively supports competitiveness and corporate growth is even more critical today given the increasing volume, variety, and value of information flowing through the enterprise. Paper documents remain a significant source of business critical information for knowledge workers, second only to email, and ahead of digital forms and documents.2

A strategic approach to business information infrastructure empowers you to hit financial targets, cultivate innovation and provide superior customer service — all essential to maintaining a competitive edge and growing a business.

A strategic approach to infrastructure must accommodate workforce trends: mobility, social media, the “consumerization” of IT and employees. Millennials3 — people born in the digital age — have different expectations surrounding access to business information. They expect business information to be available 24/7, on the device of their choosing, and to work more collaboratively and openly, e.g., leveraging social media.

Businesses are turning to virtualization technology and cloud-based storage (public and private) for infrastructure flexibility and scalability (and cost savings). The immediacy and accessibility of information can be addressed with virtual desktops and SaaS, on-demand applications. Standardizing enterprise document and records management applications and databases reduces storage redundancy and ‘silos’ of business information, and helps employees access information where and when they need it. Learn more about the state of information access…4

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