In an IT landscape dominated by big data, mobility, social networking and cloud computing, integration will not only grow in importance, its very nature will change. This paper will discusses the 21st Century IT landscape as it relates to the new integration, and argues that the need for a comprehensive integration strategy has never been more urgent.
According to the American Community Survey, tele-commuting jumped 79 percent between 2005 and 2012. More than 9 million American workers did their jobs exclusively from home in 2010, according to the U.S. Census, and 30 million work from home at least once a week. And TechCast at George Washington University estimates as many as 30 percent of U.S. private sector workers could be working from home by 2019. For sales professionals, that proportion is certainly higher. The Telework Research Network found in 2011 that 70 percent of those working from home are in management, professional, sales and office jobs. If you’re in sales, you probably spend a considerable amount of time on the go. And why shouldn’t you? Smartphones offer constant, pocket-sized connectivity. Ubiquitous Wifi threatens to render the cubicle obsolete, and the right social networking strategy can sup-plant a hundred individual pitch meetings.
Cloud, social, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are increasingly central to business decisions as the pace of digitization accelerates. The impact of software-defined networking (SDN), virtualization, and converged and hyperconverged infrastructure within the datacenter is substantial. These technologies add complexity but offer enticing opportunities for new business models, revenue streams, operating efficiencies, and agility that organizations must pursue if they want to remain competitive and viable. This pursuit requires businesses to keep up with current and emerging technologies and applications and transform the ways in which they conduct business. At the core of "keeping up" is an organization's datacenter strategy — with an associated technology and services strategy that will either create industry laggards or accelerate innovators.
Rapid shifts in the ways that technology and information are consumed and delivered— through cloud computing, big data, social networking, and smart devices—are transforming how companies compete. IT is at the center of the fray, working with business leaders to develop and execute a digital transformation strategy that capitalizes on these major new technologies. In order to lead this transformation, IT executives must focus on three areas: collaborating with business leaders to build a strategic vision, modernizing technology infrastructure, and rebuilding IT organizations to execute against new digital business goals.
In an IT landscape dominated by big data, mobility, social networking and cloud computing, integration will not only grow in importance, its very nature will change. This paper will discuss the 21st Century IT landscape as it relates to the new integration, and argue that the need for a comprehensive integration strategy has never been more urgent.
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