Focus for business is on speed and value

This article on the AustralianIT website caught my eye… IBM’s Andrew Stevens states that the demand for Cloud services is rising rapidly and believes that today’s technology must be able to solve real business problems. I agree whole-heartedly Mr. Stevens, this is where the future of IT is heading.



AUSTRALIA’s IT sector is well-positioned to weather global economic storms because of the natural resources boom and strong ties with China, according to IBM’s local managing director, Andrew Stevens.

“We’ll continue to see considerable demand in cloud infrastructure and outsourced process and service management as organisations seek further productivity gains, cost savings and business process efficiencies.”

Stevens says four key trends will drive technology and business decisions this year, the first being the ability to solve big business problems.

“Organisations expect IT vendors to get practical and apply technology to real business problems.

“Things like, how can technology help mining companies extract and ship resources faster, without adding infrastructure? How can smart grids reduce networking costs to hold down electricity price?

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“There are great opportunities for smart technology to demonstrate true business value by achieving greater efficiencies. IBM is certainly focused on new ways of thinking about this.”

Next, Stevens says the proliferation of devices at home and work is changing the way businesses and consumers interact.

“The mobility footprint is spreading from the home into the workplace. With many households now using networked multiple devices, usage patterns will have a strong impact on business strategy in terms of reaching consumers and employee productivity.”

This, he says, will increase demand for faster broadband and the adoption of cloud solutions in the home and workplace.

And it’s time to begin building “evidence-based businesses”, he says. IBM has borrowed the term from “evidence-based decision-making”, traditionally used in healthcare settings where medical professionals take into account all valid and relevant information about a patient before making a decision.

“Last October, we opened a local IBM Research and Development facility where we can demonstrate how analytical technologies can be used to support business decisions,” he says.

“This will become really important for industries like natural resources, where predictive maintenance can save time and money.”

The final trend is business at the speed of thought, Stevens says.

“Accessing information in real time is old-school – businesses need and want information and insight at the speed of thought,” he says.

” We don’t want to make a decision at the time it starts raining, we want that prediction of bad weather in advance so we can adjust our strategy accordingly.

“When you start applying deep data analytics and predictive modelling to business problems, you can unlock new insights and realise the potential in radically fast timeframes.”