The challenges faced by midsize businesses remain daunting. Weak markets, competitive pressures, cost reduction mandates, and demands for greater operating efficiency and productivity are the norm in most industries. In many, globalization continues.
Information technology has become central to meeting these challenges. Even relatively small organizations now have enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), e-commerce and other state-of-the-art systems. The number of “must have” solutions continues to expand.
The good news is that a plethora of new capabilities has become available to midsize businesses. The bad news is that new technologies can significantly increase the complexities with which organizations must deal. Solution value may be degraded, IT costs may escalate and risks of business disruption may increase. Current economic conditions do not argue in favor of such strategies.
Excessive complexity has undermined the IT strategies of many large organizations. In a midsize business with more limited resources and technical skills, the impact may be a great deal more serious. How can this be avoided? One option is to employ IBM i 7.1 on latest-generation POWER7 and POWER8 based systems. These offer industry-leading integration and optimization across all components of hardware and software stacks. More than any other platform available today, they offer midsize users the benefits of advanced technology while minimizing costs, complexities and risks.