Planning for Successful ClearPath Initiatives

ClearPath Forward4 minutes readJul 27th, 2012

Unisys has a sound portfolio of Integration, Automation and Implementation services to assist with your ClearPath-based IT initiatives. But what’s the best way to prioritize these initiatives? To make sure they deliver the most business benefit? To keep them on track?

To answer this, I’d like to ask a question: Do you use a GPS in your car? Years ago, my wife bought me my first GPS. She called it the best Father’s Day present she ever bought for herself. I was forever calling her for guidance around traffic jams and for directions when I got lost on the road. This despite my normally carrying detailed directions and maps to help me find my way. It’s kind of hard to read a map when you’re in a traffic jam!

So what does a GPS have to do with IT? To me, a GPS is two things – a planning platform, and an execution engine. It helps you plan your journey, and it guides you along that journey to get you from where you are to where you want to be. ClearPath Advisory Services are like a GPS for IT, providing a Roadmap that balances IT initiatives and their benefits against IT costs to make best use of IT budgets.

Our ClearPath Advisory Services have two offerings:

  • The ClearPath Appraisal
  • TCO Assessment Services

The ClearPath Appraisal measures your IT organization’s maturity in two areas: Automation and Integration.

In Automation, we assess how far along you are with implementing and using technologies and processes to automate common IT tasks, for example whether you have automated workflow for operational tasks; whether output management and print transformation are in use; whether you have automated Disaster Recovery processes and shared object management; all the way through identifying what it would take to approach a “Lights Out” data center where the infrastructure senses and responds to changing IT conditions, events and issues automatically (i.e. without manual intervention).

We measure Integration maturity using Service Oriented Architecture as a benchmark – from no integration; to ad-hoc, case by case integration; through SOA enabling services and interfaces; SOA business services including service orchestration; to full SOA lifecycle consistency and optimization. A key question is whether there is an architectural vision based on SOA that is being actively implemented and utilized.

We then provide recommendations to get you from your current level of integration and automation maturity in a series of prioritized, easy to swallow steps.

Unisys TCO Assessment Services measure and report on the distribution of IT costs for IT infrastructure, data management and storage, networking, facilities, and operations – both technology and people costs. They can also factor in the cost of applications, including applications development and maintenance. These costs are then compared to industry averages provided by respected analyst organizations to identify how your IT organization and infrastructure compares in terms of cost/MIPS*, and your MIP/FTE* value. This gives you a better way to understand true IT costs, to value the business effectiveness of ongoing and new IT initiatives, and to show areas and ways that you can optimize TCO.

Together the Appraisal and TCO Assessment provide an actionable roadmap with prioritized recommendations on how you can reduce costs and improve IT position through Automation and Integration projects. To more effectively get from point A to point B without getting lost along the way.

In future blogs I’ll go into more detail on the Appraisal and TCO Assessment. I’ll also provide details on how our portfolio of Integration, Automation and Implementation services can help get you to your destination at lower cost and greater business effectiveness.

*MIPS are a measure of mainframe performance. FTEs are full time equivalents, i.e. IT staff.