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How can CIO's keep up with rapidly changing technology? The answer is to look outside the box... and into an independent IT organization By William Stuckert, Vice President Advanced Technology Services, IT Division

With budgets decreasing and technology changes happening at ever increased speed today's CIO have their challenges. The CEO is looking to the CIO to save money, drive efficiencies and build systems and solutions that drive sales and revenue.

But this is quite a challenge given today's rapidly evolving IT technology. New technologies are constantly being introduced and carbon footprints are expected to get smaller. The green initiative has CIOs wondering if retrofitting their own data center is a better option than buying new green equipment. Should they virtualize? Co-locate? And with government rules and regulation constantly changing, storing and rapid retrieval of tens of thousands of archived emails and documents is costly. CIOs have a lot to consider, and a lot to keep up with. What is the answer? Turning to an independent IT organization to handle these tasks and keep up with the ever-changing pace of technology.

Today's CIO understands that consultative expertise resides outside their organization and that utilizing this expertise as part of an overall IT strategy is paramount to success. Outsourcing noncritical tasks and redundant services makes sense and save capital. By alleviating the burden and cost of a large IT infrastructure and its related support, the CIO can concentrate on building systems that will help the organization grow its business.

Co-located data centers, virtualization of servers, outsourced monitoring and management of IT assets, hardened and secure data backup and replication services, deployment of DLP software solutions and computing in the "cloud" are just a few ways today's CIO can take advantage of new technologies. Combining these initiatives with a working relationship with a trusted outsourced partner gives The CIO more flexibility, little fear of technological obsolescence, bleeding edge solutions and confidence that their IT will be up and running when it is needed. Leaving the CIO plenty of time to develop those solutions that help drive sales and revenue.

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