Even though I do not see anyone really reading these blogs, I will continue my postings anyways.

My APAC trip started with attending a seminar by IDC in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a great seminar delivered by Matt Eastwood, Vice President of Enterprise Platforms at IDC. The topic of the seminar was SOA and Virtualization (or Virtualisation as they would spell it in New Zealand). I want to highlight some of the best tid-bits of information from that session.

What do CEOs, CFOs and CIOs think of leveraging the power of IT?

Most CEOs and CFOs want to leverage IT much more than how it is leveraged across the organizations. However, CIOs on the other hand are much more conservative about their goals of leveraging IT for the organizations. It makes me wonder that we have entered a completely different era where CEOs and CFOs see the value of IT and want to leverage it much more effectively. CIOs on the other hand are given smaller budgets and are asked to do more with less. So, it got me thinking as to what made IT go through the change.

During my conversations with other CIO and IT-Director attendees at the event, I asked them about their opinion. I got a simple answer is king! Users need access to information regardless of where they are. They see the value of having access to the information and they need it everywhere IT can possibly imagine. IT, on the other hand, is still running their environments with a different mindset, i.e. how they can operate their existing environments effectively. That is where the difference in view point lies.

So, what does that mean? That means that businesses need IT to be functioning more effectively as a service so that the power of information can be leveraged more effectively by the end users. We all need to start thinking that way – so when we are thinking about our strategies, lets keep our customers in mind – i.e. the end users. The end users are the ones whose requirements and satisfactions need to be satisfied. If we all take user prospective while formulating our architectures and strategies, we will soon discover that different users have different needs, when it comes to access scenarios, access devices or access security. We need to provide the best possible architecture to meet the needs of different kinds of users. While one architecture for all users had worked in the past; however, in order to be competitive in the industry and meet your end user access needs, we need to think about best architecture for different applications for different user requirements.

Remember, end users need access to information – so think about their requirements while kicking off new projects, rather than focusing all your efforts on IT efficiency and IT optimization. Remember – is king! />