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Infinitely Virtual 2015 Predictions: Show That IT Pros Can Think Like Businesspeople


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Adam Stern, founder and CEO of Infinitely Virtual

Best Way for IT to Make an Impact on the Business in 2015? Show That IT Pros Can Think Like Businesspeople

For small and midsize businesses, what's going to move the needle in 2015? 

The best way for businesses to have a breakthrough year in 2015 is to demonstrate that their IT professionals can think like businesspeople.  That alone might well constitute an innovation in any number of organizations.  Small and midsize businesses likewise need to embrace this as their mantra: "Get into the Cloud already.  Get off the IT rollercoaster, that three-year cycle of hardware acquisition, depreciation and disposal - rinse and repeat.  Start leveraging IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service."

Here's how this trend is likely to play out in 2015: 
  • Businesses will recognize that they can extend their reach with mobile users and branch offices -- without the extra cost of building it themselves.
  • Companies will stop buying equipment that becomes obsolete before it's barely beyond the break-in period.  They'll move to eliminate over/under purchasing of gear and licensing, and pay for compute capacity only as needed. 
  • Organizations will begin to redeploy IT staff to user-facing functions.  The smarter organizations will use top people to make IT stakeholders happy.  And in doing so, they will defuse the expectation that IT has to serve itself; they will lead by making it serve the business (in other words, internal customers and external customers).
  • As a result, these organizations will be able to reduce headcount responsibly.  Instead, they will focus on delivering applications rather than building mini-fiefdoms that don't deliver ROI, much less acknowledge the bottom line.
  • Expect such companies to spend less time negotiating with vendors, purchasing software and equipment support, designing infrastructures that simply perpetuate the cycle. 
  • Best forecast of the new year: these Cloud-savvy organizations will spend more time actually growing the business.

At long last, the Cloud has become a hospitable place for applications as well as gear.  In 2015, virtually anything will be ripe for virtualization.  And that will have profound implications on productivity, resource utilization - including precious human capital - and, of course, profitability.


About the Author

Adam Stern is founder and CEO of Infinitely Virtual ( - @iv_cloudhosting) in Los Angeles.
Published Wednesday, December 03, 2014 6:28 AM by David Marshall
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Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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