Another Super Bowl is over, and youre reflecting on the Giants
big win and Super Bowls past. You go back to one of the greatest games of all
time: its 1989, and Joe Montana is throwing the winning touchdown to receiver
John Taylor with 34 seconds left.
Something strikes you as oddly familiar, and it isnt just that youve
seen this particular Super Bowl replay year after year. You ponder on how every
play requires intense teamwork and a balance between strength and agility. You
notice that the players follow a tightly sequenced series of actions as they
move down the field to the end zone. And every player depends on his teammates
to execute perfectly. Hmmm
Isnt that what your IT department does
As great a quarterback as Montana was in his day, he couldnt have done
his job without a powerful line blocking for him while he threw. And without
nimble receivers like MVP Jerry Rice, Super Bowl XXIII would have had a very
different outcome. Similarly, for an IT team to be successful, it must combine
the sturdy dependability of the mainframe with the nimbleness of a distributed
system. All parts have to work together seamlessly so IT can help the business
achieve its goals.
With this analogy, a new game plan for your IT department comes to mind --
one in which both enterprise and distributed systems interface easily to get
the job done.
Like a great coach, your leadership in the IT department will help your team
run operations that support the business. To be successful, everyone on the
team must focus on doing their jobs correctly. And, by combining the strength
and stability of the mainframe with the agility of the distributed system, youll
score virtual touchdowns that will make you stars.
Coming Together for the Greater Good
IT organizations today are trying to run IT as a business while increasing
the maturity level of their service management. In pursuing this goal, people
in the distributed environment face many of the same challenges that those in
the mainframe environment have addressed in the past.
In order to score touchdowns for the business, professionals from mainframe
and distributed systems are rapidly uniting in a single, distributed IT environment.
Theyre coming together to architect, develop, and manage the resulting