Taking Advantage of Cloud Computing to Meet Today's Business Needs

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Published on 03 December 2012, updated 07 December 2012

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IBM Form #: REDP-4943-00


Authors: Petra Kopp, Gerrit Huizenga, Gopal Pingali, Krishnan Ramachandran, Julie Schuneman and Michael Shallcross

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    Abstract

    Companies today deal with a high degree of uncertainty, expanded regulation, rapid technology innovation, shorter product cycles, and global competition. To remain competitive, businesses must drive more value from assets, improve decision making under volatile conditions, and increase agility to react rapidly to changes and to reconfigure their business.

    Cloud computing offers reduced capital and operational expenses and delivers benefits in the following areas:

    • A path to higher efficiency
    • Agility in innovation and response
    • Quality and dependability
    • Increased security
    • Efficiency in governance and standardization
    • Time-to-value in delivery, consumption, and operation of IT services
    • Transparency for clientele
    • New opportunities for growth

    This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication describes how to use IBM SmartCloud solutions to meet the challenges of adopting cloud computing within your enterprise.

    Table of Contents

    The challenges of adopting cloud computing

    Making cloud computing beneficial for your enterprise

    Successful cloud-computing implementations

    What's next: How IBM can help

     

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