Critics may argue that this is neither easy nor cheap. I beg to differ. Actually, this will seriously lower the IT spending, by providing additional capabilities. Consider this:
1.) Setting this goal will allow IT teams to upgrade their skills, which will enable a different approach between service provider and client.
2.) Open source platforms and different infrastructure models (virtualisation, low-end platform hosting models, information lifecycle storage cost reduction mechanism, etc.), will drive costs down and increase the adherence to industry standards
3.) Introduce lean IT methodologies to drive down IT process and cycle costs significantly, by increasing quality, driven by strong content-based quality assurance processes.
This article is meant to give the reader a good view on the current and future framework. The next step is to look deeper into current and future approaches to application and infrastructure architecture and their alignment with a new concept called business architecture. This will be the topic of next article on lean enterprise architecture.
Axel Winter is the Director for IT Consulting at Deloitte Consulting SE Asia.
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