'Silver Linings' Will Emerge from Tough Economic Conditions

The old maxim, "may you live in interesting times" certainly holds true for data managers and professionals these days. The year 2008 was full of changes and challenges and 2009 promises even more, but Jim Swartz, CIO of Sybase, does see a silver lining to the turbulent economy and that is in greater IT-business alignment. "Many organizations have already begun to cut their bottom line by transitioning to a green data center," he points out in the latest issue of Database Trends and Applications magazine. "In 2009, enterprises can reduce business costs even further by streamlining both IT and business practices. To do so, the task at hand is two-fold: Understand overall needs from business units across the enterprise and identify any overlap, and align IT infrastructure to meet business process and data storage needs."

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