Flexible friend

IT agility remains a collective figment of the imagination at some vendors' marketing departments rather than something which can actually be realised.

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By  Administrator Published  May 1, 2007

To ensure agility, Laurent Amestoy, regional general manager, R&M Middle East & Africa, says that companies should ensure the cabling solution implemented is well designed and suitable for the required applications, today and the foreseeable future to ensure success.

"A good quality and scalable cabling solution is a must to have flexibility in any network. Flexibility for us also means modularity. Ease of expansion is also a key for a good network or cabling solution," he says.

Faisal Khan, senior security consultant at McAfee Middle East says a firm's ability to adapt its IT capabilities to market changes is a crucial organisational capability. A lack of time, resources and budget, however, is making it difficult for CIOs to keep their IT set-up flexible enough to keep up with such changes.

"IT infrastructure needs to be in line with the business needs for an organisation. Nowadays, the infrastructure is normally over-heightened as IT managers want to have all types of different solutions in place, where the IT structure should be built for their specific business objectives," he says.

Extreme Networks, Chris Moore, regional director ME & Africa says that in an ever increasing global business environment IT agility is a must for any company.

He argues that the extent of IT managers' success in developing IT agility is indicated by the choices made for the network and which service level agreements are agreed with suppliers.

"IT managers have to choose between a single-vendor solution or an integrated best of breed solution made of open standards components from various suppliers. IT managers with agility in mind demand high levels of service from their vendors and are willing to budget for that support too," he says.

"We believe that a lot of choices are made based on brand - nobody is fired for buying. However, the circumstances in which IT managers make these decisions are strongly dictated by the purchasing procedures of the company in which they work."

His advice is to investigate the most time consuming activities in the network, look for automated solutions and avoid implementing protocols locking the IT manager to that vendor in the future.

As for the next issue the IT manager has to cope with, it is more of the same - but faster. "We anticipate that the change in business will continue to accelerate and that companies will need a stable and open platform that has the ability to support innovation," SAP's Braunegger concludes.

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