So I go traveling for a few weeks and suddenly, it seems, everyone’s talking about moving “beyond silos”. This is a subject near and dear to my heart, but I’m also a pragmatist. Many prescient sages have been warning for years of impending organizational shifts in IT—“Be prepared, or be doomed! Conquer your fear!” is the executive summary of many an article. This is easier said than done, of course. What’s often left out is the “how” of leading an organization through such a transition, perhaps because until recently there were few case studies from which the prognosticators could glean best practices.
So here are a few considerations, and some examples of how to address them.
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Tags: Cisco, CITEIS, IT, silo busting, UCS, unified computing system, VMware
At Cisco, we consider the datacenter to be the foundation of our business bringing us the value that enables us to be a market leader. Our datacenters are classic examples of how we deploy our products and services internally, to enable business benefits and productivity through our own solutions. It helps us localize our parameters and processes for doing business in different parts of the world, with alternate business models. In our Globalization IT datacenter located in Bangalore, it is critical for us to focus on our regional offerings, and deploying our solutions locally in our datacenter serves as a live example to display to our customers how to achieve productivity and agility in their businesses. Continue reading to learn more about the Globalization IT datacenter or visit the Globalization IT Virtual Datacenter Experience.
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Tags: coc-data-center, data center, globalization, india, IT
So what’s with the increased interest in automation lately? No doubt you’ve noticed there have been more than a few blogs already written on this site and others espousing the importance and value of automation. (“Meet the Newest Member of Your Data Center Operations Team,” Tere’ Bracco, November 8, 2010 and “Mad Scientist Alert,” Christopher Kennessey, October 27, 2010) What trends lie behind this demand? Three come to mind:
1) Disappearing cost-benefit of offshoring
2) Increasing skills shortage
3) Growing adoption of virtualization/cloud technologies
And each of these deserves a bit more exploration. Today, I will focus on offshoring and leave the other two for future blogs.
Moving IT operations to low-cost parts of the world has been a very lucrative exercise for the past two decades. However, the financial benefits that were obvious 10 years ago are mostly gone thanks to increasing salaries in India, China, and other emerging countries combined with rising hassle costs (compliance, regulations, security, communications, language, and management) associated with off-shoring. Here is a quote from Sramana Mitra who wrote a very well publicized and much debated article in 2008 titled “The death of Indian outsourcing” (http://www.sramanamitra.com/2008/01/22/death-of-indian-outsourcing/). She writes “Rising wages in the most popular offshore centers (especially Bangalore), are eroding the cost advantage that drove this business to India in the first place. When the practice began, there was a 1:10 cost advantage. Today, this has dropped to 1:3. Over the next 5 years, perhaps, it won’t make sense to send work to India anymore.” Further complicating the offshoring play is the 20-40% attrition rates seen in many of these low-cost countries.
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Tags: application performance, automation, business operations, cost control, data center, intelligent automation, IT, job scheduling, outsourcing, productivity, workflow
It’s a well known fact in the IT industry that there is a spending push at the end of the calendar year as companies look to close out their budget. This year-end spending trend represents a great sales opportunity for both Cisco and our partners.
Helping our partners boost profits and provide value to our mutual customers are two core principles of our partner strategy. With that in mind, we recently launched a global sales initiative called “Year-end Sprint” (YES), which will allow us, together with our partners, to capture coveted year-end IT spending.
YES is a collection of several high-value, global architecture product and service offerings for customers that include additional incentives for partners. These offers span our four key architectures: Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Data Center, and Service Provider, including IP NGN and SP Cloud.
The countdown to the New Year has already begun, so I encourage you to quickly learn more about YES, by visiting the YES Sales Initiative page on Partner Central (CCO login required).
To give you a flavor for YES, let me take a moment to highlight three of our YES architecture offers.
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Tags: architecture, Borderless Networks, Cisco, collaboration, customer, data center, IT, partners, Service Provider
Very often, technology decisions occur because something broke, or perhaps because something has become so outdated or so difficult to manage that replacement of the offending product is the only way to avoid employee insurrection. But if your company’s technology decisions are solely made during such a state of emergency, then you’ve been missing the boat when it comes to getting the most out of your IT investment.
This is tantamount to driving your car and making left or right turns based solely on traffic conditions and then seeing where you end up at the end of the day. Not necessarily a bad thing if you’re just exploring the area, but it’s not exactly a business class response focused on expense control and profitability in a competitive environment.
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Tags: channel, IT, planning, purchasing, reseller, VAR