No digitization without agility in the IT infrastructure
Agility is the maxim of the digital economy – technology and market development cycles are becoming shorter all the time. If businesses are to keep up, they need to be able to react quickly and flexibly to new customer and market requirements – adapting production to meet demand or continually optimizing products, for example. IT provides the all-important customer focus and becomes a clear business enabler.
In order to be quicker than the competition, companies need a dynamic IT infrastructure. This is the basis for economic success. Like electricity and water, the right IT must be available at the push of a button – even though cost pressure is growing simultaneously. As a result, the standardization of IT is an absolute must – it paves the way for long-term flexibility. If companies integrate standard technologies and processes into their IT architecture, the necessary IT systems and applications are made available more quickly and are highly compatible. At the same time, the use of proven standards reduces susceptibility to errors. In this way, maximum cost-effectiveness and high quality can be guaranteed.
Key technology: cloud computing
The cloud is the key lever for standardization and agility. After all, virtualization is the basis for providing standardized services. Not only the cost issue plays a pivotal role here – optimized structures and processes are very important as well. Due to scalable IT services it is possible to modify the IT infrastructure as required, to test new business models, to shorten development cycles and to establish transparent and consistent business processes across divisions and sites. According to Bitkom, 74 percent of companies hope to gain better access to IT resources – whether it be in a mobile or geographically distributed setting. Greater organizational flexibility and more efficient IT structures are in second and third place (Cloud Monitor 2015).
Standardization creates new scope
Quickly available, standardized cloud services give the IT department unprecedented scope when designing an IT architecture. The requirements of a specialist division can be catered for quickly and processes and IT management can be standardized at the same time. The necessary individualization is achieved through the modular structure of the IT services: the individual standard components can be combined to form specific packages and the IT infrastructure can thus be tailored optimally to a company’s own business processes. As a result, companies not only benefit from permanently high quality in IT outsourcing – they can also create the scope they need to focus on the digital transformation and develop new digitization concepts.