As IT navigates the hurdles of disruptive technologies and tectonic market changes, the efforts to make the most of infrastructure and reduce costs intelligently become digital business imperatives. Some in IT believe they have been optimizing for several years; others are on the journey to optimization. But what if both could get even better results?
Whether transforming from data center-centric to on-demand cloud capabilities, figuring out how to rapidly capitalize on the business potential of mobility and social engagement, or wrestling with the traditional performance/cost tradeoffs of distributed and mainframe environments, here are some questions to help you determine if you are moving toward optimized infrastructure and cost.
- Is optimization of infrastructure and cost a stated goal of the IT organization?
- Are business objectives linked to IT objectives with clear, direct connections?
- Is there regular reporting and inspection of optimization goals?
- Do line-of-business owners solicit IT participation in business initiative planning?
- Is “reducing IT cost” not the first item on every management meeting agenda?
- Are peer companies seeking information on how you organize and operate IT?
- Can the finance department document your IT cost-efficiency results?
- Is there more focus on transformative IT projects than on keep-the-lights-on work?
- Is IT staff happy about doing more with less?
- Does passionate debate within IT spur growth and innovation, rather than increased silo-ism?
Some of these may not be immediately obvious as indicators of progress toward optimization. Study them for a while and the implication and imperatives can become clearer. What are your thoughts? What testing questions would you add to the list?