By Rommel Garcia
Rommel is a sales engineer at Liaison
CIO challenges and the Cloud: That’s been the theme all throughout the Midsize Enterprise Summit event last week.
Some interesting facts presented by the experts unveiled new light on how CIOs can be enabled to lay a solid foundation within their IT Infrastructure that will support an ever evolving business model. Here are a couple:
- Enterprise Architecture is very critical both in the midsize and enterprise businesses
- Reach beyond IT and focus on the business
- Selling a foundation effectively
Why is enterprise architecture so critical to the success of a CIO? Just as an architect would have laid out the blueprint for the Empire State skyscraper that can withstand time, material pressure and natural causes, enterprise architects create the blueprint for the enterprise that can address change easily and effectively supports evolving business model. An intimate understanding of data and systems is required so that different pieces of the blueprint can be modeled correctly.
CIOs are also expected to have a great deal of focus on the business. No wonder the summit had also incorporated managed services in the program. Managed services has been gaining traction, particularly in cloud services. How does this help the CIO? Once a CIO finds a managed services trusted partner that can help him or her do the heavy lifting. (For instance, B2B, EAI, A2A, and Data Management.) This frees them to focus on much more important things that will help the business grow and adapt to ever evolving business models.
If an enterprise solution allows for low cost implementation and maintenance that provides great deal of flexibility and extensibility where IT resources can now be re-assigned to do more critical things, this could be the criteria for a solid IT foundation. Liaison believes in these criteria and had been delivering solutions that match it.