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The mission critical infrastructure

The infrastructure is the glue that holds the operational core of a business together. When the technology you rely on stops working, so does the business. It’s that simple.

The technology infrastructure is not just about computers. It's also about the people and how they work and communicate with each other. The entire business infrastructure is just a set of tools used by people to get work done.

The technology infrastructure has to work consistently and reliably, all of the time, even when parts of it fail or are undergoing maintenance.

The need for remote working and the difficulty of travel simply make the technology infrastructure more important than ever before.

Most businesses have become utterly dependent on communication mechanisms such as e-mail and web sites. Internet based trading is a key part of business expansion. It allows a business to be open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – and customers come to depend on it.

We have to improve our understanding of how to apply technology to our business, thus being able to make better informed decisions that balance the long-term benefits against the risks and costs. Those people who really understand how to best utilise technology and who can clearly communicate how and why to use that technology have a key place at the heart of the business.

Unfortunately, most organisations don’t have access to genuinely multi-skilled experts who can interface between the people infrastructure and the technology infrastructure. As businesses become increasingly dependent on the underlying technology these people are essential to the very survival of the business.

Most businesses have people within their organisation who are capable of working in a multi-disciplinary manner. The trick is finding them and developing them.

A practical alternative to having scarce multi-skilled people in-house is to utilise outside experts in the field and use them wisely to enhance and develop your in-house capabilities by mentoring and teaching.

It's a lot easier to deal with small to medium sized infrastructures if you have the experience of working with large and complex high-availability systems. You can take the underlying principles and implement them simply and easily in a smaller environment. This approach enables the delivery of real business value quickly and effectively.