From taking mobile to the next level to preparing for a hybrid cloud world, we offer a dozen suggestions for moving toward progressive IT.
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Between economic pressures, crimped IT budgets, and the move to cloud computing, enterprises are looking toward sprawling, redundant, and underutilized data centers as a ripe opportunity for savings. The U.S. government, for one, plans to slash the number of federal data centers from 2,094 facilities to 1,132 data centers by 2015. In fact, that data center consolidation plan is already ahead of schedule, with 472 data centers set to close by the end of 2012.
Data center consolidation saves money at several levels--land and commercial real estate, heating and air conditioning, server energy consumption, hardware and software licensing costs, human resources, and administrative costs. Just as important is the opportunity for a philosophical change, for as we focus on minimizing keep-the-lights-on infrastructure and administrative work, we also free up resources for IT innovation.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.