The 2nd annual IT Infrastructure Africa Summit begins this week (12 to 13 July 2012) in Cape Town, focusing on developing world class infrastructure in efforts to improve Africa’s ICT sector and addressing IT infrastructure challenges currently facing the African IT industry.
As an enterprise attempts to grow, its IT infrastructure faces immense industry pressure to improve on all metrics simultaneously. The dramatic impact of IT infrastructure spending on the enterprise and the need for effective optimisation of infrastructure management has never been more crucial.
Companies are able to reduce their IT infrastructure and operations costs by successfully implementing key cost reduction measures. One of the most important actions an enterprise can take to reduce these costs is to defer non-critical projects, and before launching a new project, IT managers should carefully determine if the project supports a high-level business objective or if it will assist in reducing operational risk or costs.
A successful enterprise develops efficient strategies to invest in their own reliable support systems to offset additional expenses and remain competitive by balancing the high costs of IT infrastructure solutions with effective cost management. Africa offers large, untapped markets with potential customers and all the benefits of an emerging economy, including comparatively high rates of return.
IT service continuity management provides the framework for developing IT infrastructure recovery plans in support of business continuity management plans and timeframes. Simplified, this defines the processes that enable IT plans and alternative service options to meet enterprise needs in the event of disruption. These plans differ greatly as different industry sectors have different risks and as a result; recovery plans are customised to meet individual enterprise needs.