Today, IT leaders try to make the shift to smarter computing by tailoring and optimizing general-purpose systems to satisfy the needs of their specific business environment. But this approach requires a significant amount of time and effort. Other leaders take advantage of the simplicity of advanced appliances—but end up sacrificing flexibility—or the elasticity of cloud computing when that approach makes sense.
The question is, how can organizations get the best of all these options in one system? The answer: effectively apply and build in the best practices and expertise of each approach into one system. Of course, if that were easy, it would have been done already. It’s difficult because the level of systems expertise required is beyond the experience within many organizations.