Imagine…..a banking service with no branches or ATMs, yet with 17 million accounts, processing more transactions domestically than Western Union does globally. This dramatically changes both the global mobile-money market and daily Kenyan life, empowering women, facilitating micro-finance, and spurring economic development - and oh yes, making profits too!
Imagine…..a driverless car that can traverse the infamous Lombard Street in San Francisco, famed for its hairpin bends, providing benefits beyond just safety - reducing congestion on the roads, reducing human fatigue, saving fuel, allowing the blind to 'drive,' - the list is endless!
Imagine.….poor cardiac patients in remote villages in Northwest India who have no access to primary medical care, let alone specialist care, who are screened and treated for cardiac conditions via remote patient monitoring, leading to reduced healthcare expenditure and better utilization of healthcare resources, while catering to the underserved sections of society…..
Yes, all this is possible, as companies operating in a highly networked, hyper-connected world utilize advanced technologies to discover hitherto unimagined ways to connect with consumers, producers and employees. Be it enabling a retailer to reach new markets by setting up an ecommerce presence or supporting Big Data analytics ably or by allowing a business to nimbly setup new offices in new territories, IT infrastructure is the starting point.
Therefore to be successful in today's highly competitive and fast-changing environment, a flexible, responsive, reliable and scalable IT infrastructure is key. Not only that, this has to be completely aligned with business objectives.
IT infrastructure itself is evolving rapidly. In the past, enterprises with the wherewithal to buy advanced IT infrastructure would liberally pay and acquire those assets. Today, to survive in an unforgiving economic climate, businesses are seeking new ways to optimize costs without relinquishing on any functionality that will support business growth. IT infrastructure has responded by providing options to variabilize costs and thus reduce upfront investments and release much needed resources for more strategic initiatives. There are more such examples.
Suffice to say that today, IT infrastructure can play a crucial role in the success and growth of your business; ergo, the theme of a series of blogs that I plan to write is the 'Growth Express.' Growth can be brought about by effective business responses in the form of speed to market, business agility, customer experience, real-time intelligence and cost efficiency. In the blog series, I intend to show how different aspects of IT infrastructure can help promote business growth in the enterprise by having an impact on speed to market, costs and so on. In effect, we can conclusively provide that a strong and flexible IT infrastructure can help you 'grow as you go' along your journey from where you are today to where you need it to be tomorrow with effective IT infrastructure support. Stay tuned!