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Out of the shadows and back into the IT fold (Part 1 of 2)

By Scott Ramsay,  Director of Datacenter Care Services for Primary Service Provider

 

How close does the graphic (Figure 1) below come to depicting your IT reality?

 

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All too often, the scenario depicted in Figure 1 is the IT reality we see today. The need for speed is often driving business units to utilize external resources for IT; enter public cloud providers.  This approach is often referred to as “shadow IT”, and frankly, there are many downsides to this approach.  The first and foremost concern should be increased risk, but also of concern is increased transaction costs as multiple user groups could be negotiating directly with multiple vendors.

 

There is a better way to support end-users in a manner that will provide them with the speed and cost structure that will allow them to more effectively manage their businesses.  The solution will also foster a better working relationship with IT. Jean-Pierre Garbani of Forrester describes the concept well:  “As infrastructure is abstracted through the Business Technology transformation, Infrastructure and Operations evolves from manufacturer and provider of technology components to a broker of business services as well as the instrument through which things become reality.” 

 

 Enter the concept of IT being a broker of services as portrayed in graphic below, Figure 2.

 

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As Information Technology (IT) departments become more closely aligned with their customers and the lines of business that they manage, they will evolve to become Business Technology (BT) departments and brokers of services for the lines of business; shadow IT will diminish.  For this to happen, BT will need to act as a consultant to the business with a broader view of the IT environment; as a broker of service, BT will be able to better match IT capabilities and resources to meet business needs.  The result? Reduced transaction costs, optimized use of resources and capital, improved business agility, and increased satisfaction for business units. 

 

Look for part 2 of this series to  learn more about how HP Flexible Capacity Service will help your Business Technology team become a Broker of IT Services.

 

Can’t wait?  In the meantime, please visit our website.

 

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Scott works on strategic services initiatives for HP. In his most recent role he focuses on the needs of customer who have heterogeneous IT environments. He’s an associate of the Institute of Management Accountants so he fully understands the importance of a CIO’s need to deliver business results -- with great ROI. 

 

Comments
asokan(anon) | ‎01-15-2014 03:34 PM

RESPECTED SIR,

 

I HAVE PURCHASED THE HP PRINTER MODEL PRO M1536DNF MFP FROM HP IT WORLD, NUNGAMBAKKAM, CHENNAI  600006, VIDE THEIR INV.NO.1230 DT., 26.12.2013  FROM THE INSTALLATION, IT IS HAVING PROBLEMS.  I HAVE CALLED IN THE NO.30306363 AND SOME TECHNICAL STAFFS MR.KRISHNAN AND ALSO MR.PRITA JYOTHI  ATTENDED. AS PER THEIR DESIRED, I HAVE REMOVED THE OLD HP SOFTWARE AND INSTALLED AGAIN WITH THE CD PROVIDED.   BUT TILL THE SAME PROBLEM, I AM UNABLE TO GIVE PRINTING OPTION AND IF GIVEN, IT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE PRINTER FOLDER AND ALSO PRINTING IS NOT COMING.  SO, PLEASE SEND YOUR VALUABLE ENGG. TO RECTIFY THE PROBLEM ONCE ALL AND OBLIGE.

 

THANKING YOU,

 

WITH KINDEST REGARDS, 

 

SINCERELY YOURS, N.ASOKAN

TS_Guest | ‎01-16-2014 11:33 PM

Hello N.ASOKAN

 

I am sorry to hear that you are not able to get your HP product to work as you expect it.

Have you done any research on our HP Support Forums? http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/siteHome?cc=us&lc=en

 

In there, you will be able to find much information from other community members (many times they are HP Support Technicians) or you will be able to post any question related to your HP product and get help from the community.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Best,
Isaac.

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