To create headroom for innovation, organizations must minimize efforts to build and manage their own IT infrastructure. This demands smart “virtualization” and “remote management” strategies that present the infrastructure to the business as a nearly invisible utility. This not only pertains to the classical infrastructure elements such as servers, storage and network facilities, but also to the middleware that exchanges and integrates information from inside and outside the organization, sensing networks that capture relevant data and events from any source, and a vast array of mobile, embedded computing devices.
A Simpler Way
Service-Oriented Architecture provides the standards to manage all these infostructural elements in a uniform way, thus greatly reducing complexity. Solutions based on open source typically thrive well in this environment.
The increasing focus on corporate responsibility drives a new wave of green IT solutions that contain breakthrough innovations to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. New security paradigms are needed, as this highly interconnected world does not match well with the established style of hiding between the firewalls of the corporate perimeter and holding on to inflexible procedures.
Technologies Related to Invisible Infostructure
- Utility business infrastructure
- De-perimeterized “Jericho-style” security and identity
- Sensing networks created by multiple interconnected devices
Invisible Infostructure in the Retail Industry
In one case, Capgemini worked with a food retailer and distributor using sensor technology to enable the company and its partners to improve shelf quality of fresh fruits and vegetables. The solution has shown that RFID can be a valuable tool in enhancing supply chain transparency, efficiency and accuracy.
Business Drivers Affected
- Cost cutting