Hewlett-Packard has announced significant changes in it’s business structure, with formal plans to be announced in March 2012. These changes include a significant downsizing of HP’s personal computer business, which is speculated to be a result of continued growth in the tablet and smart phone sector.
Although this shift in strategy is not surprising, it will have a significant impact on the technology infrastructure for business, where PC’s have been the operating system tool of choice for several decades. A sudden change to operational dependency on PC’s will require significant investment, however by employing five simple strategies the intimidating task can quickly become your competitive advantage:
1. Confirm the state of your investment: Taking an inventory of existing hardware is by no means a critical or time consuming activity, however understanding the current investment in operating system hardware is the first step to understanding the impact of an infrastructure change.
2. State of the life cycle: Understanding the performance levels of existing hardware provides an opportunity to determine investment priority. Which equipment is of greatest criticality to operations? Which components are in need of replacement or rotation?
3. Plan future investments: Understanding the state of existing infrastructure will provide insights into investment requirements, allowing for proper allocation of budget to support upgrades.
4. Get your head into the clouds: Tablets and smart phones contain less memory than PC’s (although this is likely to change). Identify opportunities to employ cloud computing solutions, reducing the necessity for on site data storage, and preparing for future infrastructure investments.
5. Take a test drive: Now is the time to begin to implement tablets and smart phone technology into company operations. Becoming accustomed to new technology will place you in the best position to understand future infrastructure opportunities.
Being an early adopter of technology can seem daunting, however prudent risk and investment today will reduce risk, improve efficiency, and provide a competitive advantage for tomorrow.
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