The world of data centers and IT has been historically been one of gradual evolution, but events and capabilities that have emerged over the past 3-5 years present both a challenge, and opportunity to the IT organization. The diversity of requirements within a single business is rapidly making the reactive mode of operation that has heretofore characterized IT organizations not only obsolete but can serve as a governor on corporate innovation as well.
A shift in this mentality and method of operation is obviously required, but the “repurposing” of familiar technologies to support “new” computing environments offers IT the opportunity to capitalize on its inherent capabilities.
The shift to a consultative/service provider mode of operation is a natural transition, as opposed to a radical change, for CIO’s to define and implement. Organizations that embrace this opportunity will find their IT departments to be a key element of corporate innovation as opposed to a provider of last resort.