IT Infrastructure & Management Services Conference & Expo
Venue: Boston Park Plaza
|Event Date/Time: Nov 18, 2002||End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2002|
|Registration Date: Nov 19, 2002|
|Early Registration Date: Nov 08, 2002|
|Abstract Submission Date: Aug 30, 2002|
|Paper Submission Date: Aug 30, 2002|
Increasing Quality Through Selective IT Sourcing and Services
INT Media Group's IT Infrastructure & Management Services Conference & Expo is the only industry event focusing on how organizations can reduce IT costs and increase IT service quality through selective IT infrastructure, operations and management sourcing/services.
Radically different from their precursors, today's highly distributed, multi-tiered, Internet-enabled business systems are extremely complex, and are required to support thousands of users, guarantee minimal response times and provide 24x7 uptime. That is, they require "mainframe class" robustness, performance, scalability and security. Anything less has the potential to negatively impact a company's revenues, damage brand equity, and erode consumer and partner confidence. But how can enterprises be expected to manage and operate their increasingly complex and expanding IT infrastructure effectively at a time of corporate belt tightening and reduced staffing? Increasingly, business and technical managers are turning to selective IT infrastructure, operations and management sourcing and services to meet their needs.
COST REDUCTION, COST REDUCTION, COST REDUCTION!
Virtually all market research firms are unanimous in their agreement that the infrastructure, management and operations sourcing and services market is set to explode. It is easy to see why. Sourcing and service provisioning is appealing when cost control is paramount, like now. By sourcing their IT infrastructure, management and operations, businesses can cut costs, as well as focus on their core business competencies to generate revenue and increase marketshare. Infrastructure and operations sourcing also greatly compress time-to-market and deployment times, a very important consideration given that there is a direct correlation between time-to-market and overall marketshare.
The tactical advantages of IT infrastructure, operations and management sourcing are equally compelling. For cost conscious business management, it offers reduced capital outlays for servers, software, and predictable monthly usage fees for services, with the net result of greatly improved cash flow. Moreover, companies get the benefits of using leading edge software and hardware without the necessity of installing and maintaining it, to say nothing of not having to hire the expensive trained staff required for the care and feeding of such systems.
EMPHASIS ON SELECTIVE SOURCING
Comprehensive outsourcing, especially in the form of long-term mega-deals, have been found to be high risk, and typically involve significant hidden costs including services beyond the contract, software transfer fees and skills. As a result, comprehensive IT outsourcing efforts have fallen out of favor and the market for them has shrunk. Yet a return to the days of traditional "do everything yourself" is unlikely.
Today, business and IT managers look to "selective sourcing & services" for their IT infrastructure, operations and management needs. With selective sourcing the focus is on securing best-of-breed solutions and/or services for very specific needs. Contracts tend to be shorter and smaller than with more wide-ranging efforts. Selective sourcing, using focused, managed contracts has proved very successful in limiting risk, motivating vendor performance and achieving goals. Also, enterprises make use of both in-house and third party solution providers to meet their IT needs. With selective sourcing/services, therefore, organizations can have the best of both worlds with the flexibility to select a best practice supplier while maintaining overall control of their IT practices.
TARGETING THE GLOBAL 2000 DATACENTER
The use of selective IT sourcing and services is increasingly being seen as the only effective means to support and manage IT environments. Not surprisingly, most analyst groups, as well as the industry press, agree that the market is primed for selective IT service and sourcing solutions focused not on offshore IT projects, help desk services, or long term system integration or development projects..., but on core enterprise infrastructure, operations and application management initiatives.
The IT infrastructure, operations and management services and sourcing market is not being specifically supported by any other event, yet currently it is one of the most fastest growing and profitable markets in IT. Companies offering these solutions can make huge profits, but are having difficulties marketing themselves to management level IT and business executives within mid-to-large enterprises, or the e-Business arm of the same. Not any longer. INT Media Group's IT Infrastructure & Management Services Conference & Expo is the only industry event focusing on how organizations can reduce IT costs and increase IT service quality through selective IT infrastructure, operations and management sourcing/services.
Andrew M. Schroepfer
Founder and Principal, Tier 1 Research
VP of Consulting Services
INT Media Group, Inc.