In the information technology industry, it is oftentimes a challenge to not get excited about every new shiny new toy that hits the market, want to learn all there is about it and then install it whenever the opportunity presents itself. More often than not, a mentality of always needing the newest technology (in a corporate environment) becomes a detriment to everyone. You begin to surround yourself with more and more pieces of software that independently need to be first purchased, second learned and third managed. All separately and often times by different people. Any cost savings that could have been there in the beginning are quickly eroded by your organization potentially not being able to leverage discounts based on volume and definitely by operational inefficiencies caused by an environment being managed this way. As either a consultant or an IT or business decision maker, it’s important to see through to the bigger picture and leverage products that are more of a solution that represent a strategic value to your business than simply another piece of software in your environment.
In Todd Cota’s blog post CHANGE IS ALL AROUND, he did a terrific job beginning to highlight that Microsoft is (and has been for years), bought into this very message. It can be easy sometimes to argue that Microsoft does not have the single best piece of software on the market, but the argument becomes much more difficult to substantiate when you take all the parts, make them whole and deliver a solution. Again, keep in mind, the idea here is to provide value to your organization through the efficient use of technology to solve a business issue or add strategic value.
Let’s focus on, for this post, System Center 2012. From a single installation program, you can install a solution that can install/configure/manage/automate/monitor assets and services (servers, workstations, switches, mobile devices, applications, IT processes, users, etc.) in your entire enterprise AND your resources you have migrated into the cloud! What if your environment is a combination of physical and virtual servers/workstations/applications and is distributed across a multi-site legacy network, a private cloud, a public cloud and leverages multiple virtualization vendors? Not a problem with System Center 2012s ability to provide heterogeneous operability. What if you have just your R&D environment in Azure and want to move these workloads (including fully stateful virtualized servers!) into and out of that environment when R&D has concluded? Again, not an issue with System Center 2012.
So, how many pieces of individual software could be removed from your enterprise if you had a solution like this? Would there be value added to your organization if your IT department had a solution that could perform all of these tasks, was purchased under a single license SKU, from a single vendor, naturally integrated together and addressed the needs of IT, Business Units and Users?
If the answer is a lot and Yes, I’m honestly not surprised. If your answer is Maybe or No, then stay tuned for my next post!