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Aligning the IT Infrastructure with the Real Needs of the Business

Successful IT infrastructure – it’s all in the planning and the architecting and the design

Misunderstandings and misalignments can lead to a “grow as you go” infrastructure which is not always capable of supporting business strategy. ADP - Architect, Design, Plan - is a rigorous yet pragmatic approach that enables a successful journey to the infrastructure the business really needs. Download our Capco Point of View on ADP and discover the full story.

On the journey from where the business is today to effective IT infrastructure support of where you need it to be tomorrow, there is often a minefield of misunderstandings and misalignments. This is exacerbated by common commercial situations, especially merger, where multiple sets of conflicting issues can come into play. The answer begins with an accurate, agreed and actionable map through the maze.

IT Infrastructure - Do more with less and do it better
There is growing pressure on CIOs to reduce their costs while supporting operational improvements or business consolidation (trading desk and product consolidation, entity consolidation, Post Merger Integration - PMI). At the same time, developments within the IT infrastructure must be aligned with the institution’s business vision – the prime driver for change.

“Grow as you go” rather than forward planning has been the reality
Experience confirms that identifying exactly how the existing architecture should achieve full alignment with business needs is more easily said than done. The internal “technology landscape” will typically have developed (or more likely just expanded) over some considerable time. It will comprise multiple applications which provide the same basic functionality within discrete business-line silos. (A recurrent theme in designing a joint business and IT strategy is the lack of a common understanding of how business functions are linked to the underlying technology platform.)

These “grow as you go” architectures are costly to maintain and difficult to change, owing to the complex links and interdependencies between components. In PMI contexts especially, misalignment and redundancy within newly-merged entities’ architectures can have an immediate negative impact, as the promise of Day 1 gives way to the realization that hoped-for synergies remain out of reach.

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