AFCOM Data Center Institute: The Economic Downturn and its Impact on IT

In the Data Center World keynote address in Orlando, Florida today, four distinguished panelists shared the results of Data Center Institute (DCI) research on the impact of the economic downturn on the data center.  This research was conducted over a number of months through surveys of enterprise data centers across the AFCOM membership.

There are four clear indicators that emerged from this research:

Mature IT organization

Tangible Benefits of IT Maturity

IT Governance is a broad topic that can assume a variety of meanings depending on the context of the discussion. As a consultancy delivering engagements within the orbit of IT Governance, we enter the dialogue over the alignment of IT with the Business, financial management of IT, the ability of IT to deliver commitments, improvement of technical operations processes, introduction of compliance, and so on.  These issues become topics of discussion because IT has emerged on the problem radar of the firm for any of the reasons mentioned above.  When these problems exist within the firm, at the root of the problem is the issue of maturity of the IT organization.