1E Introduces “Useful Work”-based Data Center Governance, at Data Center Dynamics Converged, 2012 Washington DC

Data center performance metrics have struggled to accurately represent business value of IT assets invested in the enterprise data center.  Data center metrics are either constrained to raw power usage data, or make vague approximations about business-relevant performance through assumptive percentages or abstract proxies. At Data Center Dynamics in Washington, DC this week, 1E’s Data…

New Opportunities in the Government Sector: Part 1

Across the world there are new opportunities for data center and IT consulting companies to capitalize on the consolidation projects being launched in the Government sector.  Like commercial enterprises, governments focusing on governance (no pun intended) of IT see the benefits of consolidation of the data processing footprint.  Also like commercial enterprises, governments have business silos (perhaps even more so than commercial enterprises), with duplication of functions and roles, overlapping systems and technology, as well as lots and lots of waste.  Consolidation portends cost savings through elimination of non-beneficial redundancies, and better application of good governance processes to the holistic IT environment.

In the government sector, these projects are big.  Really big.  In a series of posts, we’ll cover several countries around the globe in which the government is planning large scale data center consolidations.

Part 1:  United States of America

In the United States (my home country), the federal government has embarked upon a six-month planning cycle to address data center sprawl.  Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, instructed federal agency CIO’s to embark on a broad consolidation initiative to bring control to the government’s data center sprawl (now counting over 1,000 data centers).  Goals of the initiative include:

Top 5 Data Center Issues for the Enterprise IT Executive

A quick perusal of a typical contemporary IT project portfolio will show a strong representation of projects dependent upon, or directly related to the data center.  Changes in the growth and scale of data processing, applications, content storage, data communications, risk, compliance, and maturity of IT governance are all in some way connected to the data center facility and operational framework supporting the IT environment.

We collected data from the field and from discussions with enterprise leaders, to examine the breadth of issues involving the data center that are causing the IT executive to lose sleep.   While there were a multitude of issues revealed, and articulated from several perspectives, we consolidated the information into five categories and share those with you here.

Mature IT organization

Tangible Benefits of IT Maturity

IT Governance is a broad topic that can assume a variety of meanings depending on the context of the discussion. As a consultancy delivering engagements within the orbit of IT Governance, we enter the dialogue over the alignment of IT with the Business, financial management of IT, the ability of IT to deliver commitments, improvement of technical operations processes, introduction of compliance, and so on.  These issues become topics of discussion because IT has emerged on the problem radar of the firm for any of the reasons mentioned above.  When these problems exist within the firm, at the root of the problem is the issue of maturity of the IT organization.