In many cases, technology is a prerequisite for improving business performance in a modern enterprise. Businesses today are realizing that there has never been a greater need for IT to become – and be seen as – a true corporate resource that delivers consistent business value.
The goal of our Infrastructure Optimization Service is to help companies build a ready-to-go business, helping them achieve the full value of their IT infrastructure to achieve business outcomes.
Infrastructure Optimization – Focused on using your organization’s IT resources to support and grow your business – helps companies measure the level of infrastructure optimization and build infrastructure that truly fits people’s needs. Microsoft has developed three models – focusing on the core infrastructure, business productivity infrastructure, and application platform – that guide you through the four stages of infrastructure optimization and can lead to the development of a roadmap to infrastructure maturity.
Each model illustrates the strategic value and business benefits of moving from the “baseline” optimization stage where the IT infrastructure is generally considered a “cost center” to a “dynamic” infrastructure where the business value of the IT infrastructure is clearly understood and perceived as a factor enabling business development and a strategic business asset. Using these models, we can assess the current state of the infrastructure, establish a technological vision for the future, and build a clear roadmap to that vision.
The vision of infrastructure optimization (IO) is to help clients realize the value of their investment in IT infrastructure, making it a strategic resource that enables higher efficiency in their organizations. Business, organization and infrastructure that is adapted to people’s needs adapt to the industry environment. They have the ability to bring new products and services to market in a timely and cost-effective manner, connecting people, information and business processes to increase market responsiveness and eliminate inefficiencies. Optimized IT infrastructure, built to IT standards and operating efficiently and productively, helps ensure compliance with these IT standards and supports cost reduction, security and risk reduction for the environment and users.
The IO model is a continuum of four levels or phases with ever higher technological maturity: Basic, Standardized, Rationalized and Dynamic.
A typical business in the baseline has manual processes, minimal central control, and limited or unforced IT policies.
A company in the standardized phase can be characterized as having a managed infrastructure that implements operational controls through standards, policies, servers and resources.
Rationalized infrastructure typically includes proactive processes, sourcing, and policies that have matured and started to play a big role in supporting and expanding the business. Most importantly, the costs associated with managing desktops and servers are the lowest.
Customers with dynamic infrastructure are fully aware of the strategic value their infrastructure provides, helping them run their businesses efficiently and stay ahead of the competition. The processes are fully automated, often built into the technology itself, allowing IT to be adjusted and managed according to business needs.
The value of infrastructure optimization
The benefits that an organization can achieve include:
- Simplified infrastructure and management. Faster return on investment (ROI) thanks to more targeted IT spending and increased end-user productivity.
- Lower cost and complexity. Lower Total Cost of Ownership by streamlining operations, eliminating waste, and lowering desktop deployment costs.
- Security. An improved platform to deliver more secure and well-managed IT services to the desktop.
- Increased productivity. Increase in employee productivity resulting from the use of information exchange and collaboration technologies.
- Interoperability. Better integration with the application platform for new levels of productivity and efficiency.
- Increased influence on the workforce. By using the APIO model and the BPIO model, the company focuses its IT investments on stimulating innovation, intelligent decision making and better customer relationships.