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I'm the Chief Technology Officer of cloud computing for IBM. Now what we often see is a tension between the providers and the consumers of IT-based services. The consumers want to see what they are seeing in the consumer Internet: self-service, flexibility, choice, whereas the service providers are tasked with delivering this choice, this function at lower and lower cost. And this actually requires centralization and standardization of services.
And cloud computing can help here in this instance by combining virtualization, automation, and standardization to deliver services faster and in a flexible fashion. Now cloud computing with virtualization driving down the capital expense by increasing utilization of resources, taking out operational expense by automating the standard processes of provisioning, and by standardizing the services that get delivered can be a very major factor in making your service delivery not just more efficient in terms of cost, but actually also leading to better business outcomes. We've seen this in many engagements. We can help you at every stage of your cloud journey. We can help you build a strategy, develop an architecture, select the right workloads, determine your deployment mix, decide whether you want a private cloud, whether you want to reach out into a cloud provided by IBM for, for instance, overflow or additional resources. And again, we can manage your cloud for you. You have to do it all under an umbrella of integrated service management. That is really the secret sauce that makes it all happen, that allows you to flexibly decide where to place your workloads, and to combine hybrid workloads that span multiple environments. Cloud computing delivers tangible benefits. It can reduce provisioning of new services from months to minutes or hours. It can drive utilization up from the abysmal 10-15 percent that you see in an average collection of distributed servers to a 40-50. We've seen 70 percent utilization. And it take out more than 50 percent of your actual management and administration costs.