How many computers do you have at home?

It’s funny that when we talk about technology the “past” terms are so close. So when I say “once” I don’t mean 50 years ago, I mean maybe 5 or 10 years. So once we used to have one computer at home. It served all family members and we all did fairly the same things with it, we used it for office work, e-mails and some internet use (which was mainly information reading at that time). The computers were expensive and also hard to maintain. When you bought one, most of the time we needed to installs the OS and all other software packs we were using. These days, not only do we have more than one computer at home, we have more than one computer per person; we sometime have a desktop, various notebooks, a tablet and so on. The reasons we are able to do that are:

  • Computers today are doing more and more things, they are used for media, for communication, as the main news and book delivery and so much more.
  • They are more affordable than they use to be.
  • They are much easier to define and operate.

I remember when I worked at Asus Importer (before joining IBM) and Asus announced its first netbook. This was an all new category at that time and the name netbook wasn’t yet in use. We were busting our heads on how to market it, because in that time the market knew only a standard computer and explaining the need for a second computer was hard.  It’s difficult to change perception.

When I meet a CTO/CIO and present IBM PureSystems family and discuss integrated solutions, I mainly hear them saying: “This is very interesting, but my organization can’t be ready for it until next year”. The reason is that they have storage people, server people, networking people and application people. Yes, this was the concept of how to build your IT force when IT was dealing with the standard tasks of enterprise resource planning (ERP), exchange and web. But I think there is room for integrated systems, and here’s why:

  • IT today is doing more and more things. They should support mobile, more sophisticated web sites, customer relationship management (CRM), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), business intelligence and analytics, and so much more.
  • They are more affordable than they use to be.
  • They are much easier to define and operate.

So when implementing integrated solutions, you are not necessarily replacing your main storage or your backbone switches, but building a dedicated environment to deal with a new tasks like VDI or business intelligence, research and development and so own. You will gain all the benefits of better compatibility between all parts — easier deployment, one contact of support and so much more. Are you ready for this change?


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Meny Shefer

About Meny Shefer

In my 4 years with IBM, I was in several roles within the STG, starting as System x specialist, competitive cross brand architect, OEM business development and more. Since January 2012 I am the PureSystems tiger team leader in Israel.