The days where we had to meticulously design, construct and implement our own, unique and dedicated IT infrastructure are almost gone. Instead, we welcome an era that consumes it right from the catalog. We use powerful, pre-defined services and workloads that support us like a truly hassle-free utility that satisfies any Business Technology objectives. Combine it with the incredible richness of information – increasingly also through sensors, mobile devices and lots of ‘things’ – and you start to get both the ‘Invisible’ and ‘Infostructure’ part of the equation.

But ‘invisible’ does not mean we can ignore IT. The infostructure is at the heart of the enterprise and as such it requires careful and appropriate consideration. It needs to provide secure and reliable access to application services and data that mixes old and new deployment models, and existing and innovative technologies alike. This will require nothing less than an orchestrated journey that can navigate a very hybrid reality for years to come.

The cloud clearly takes the lead in accelerating the innovation of infrastructure and so do the next generation of mobile, social, data and process technologies. Together they constitute a highly agile 3rd platform (after the mainframe and PC platforms that we are so familiar with), bringing with them unprecedented opportunities for enterprises to grow without having to deal with the complexities of the underlying technology.
In the end, this is where we believe infrastructure is at its best: invisible, yet relevant and incredibly insightful, focusing on what matters most – business outcomes.

Your expert: Gunnar Menzel  

Part of Capgemini’s TechnoVision 2015 update series. See the full overview here