Most companies fail at IT infrastructure planning and architecture. Many globally recognized and smart companies, such as Zynga, Oracle, Intuit, Facebook, Yahoo! and Dell, have all invested $10’s of millions in building IT capacity that was redundant. Over-specifying and over-provisioning is widespread among the Fortune 2000, with significant over-specifying – 30 to 50 percent excess capacity – accounting for approximately 90% of deployments.
The primary reasons smart companies fail at IT planning is twofold; one, there is a large gap that exists between the IT department and executive oversight, with many CEO’s and CFO’s treating cloud, colocation and data center planning as “IT’s problem,” and two, the lack of mature science behind IT capacity planning in uncertain environments. Senior executives must make decisions under great uncertainty, including the rapidly changing relationship between technology and corporate growth. Organizations need to recognize that IT capacity planning must be approached as a business risk, and not just as an IT issue. Establishing a common and scientific planning methodology is the quickest and least-cost method for reducing delays, lowering risk, and improving outcomes.
“The WiredRE approach is brilliant,” commented Data Center Manager, Fortune 50 Technology Company. “iDR Planning is an intuitive methodology for long-term IT strategy and planning.”
WiredRE counts two of the top three global telecom firms and over half of the most admired banks in the U.S. as clients. The firm developed its proprietary approach via methodical study of real world deployments and techniques used routinely in the utility industry, the industry from which WiredRE’s founder, Everett Thompson, originates. IT planning based on demand response is a proven and scientific approach that CFO’s and other senior executives can employ to more closely manage organizational risk in rapidly changing environments.
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WiredRE is the nation’s leading independent cloud, colocation, and data center advisor. The firm provides information and analysis on strategy, planning and finance. WiredRE counts two of the top three global telecom firms and over half of the most admired banks in the U.S. as clients. The firm represents major developments globally – search and map over 2000 locations at: Data Center Provider List – US Data Center List – International Data Center List.