Businesses world over are driving towards a seamless digital integration of their offering primarily to offer human-centric experience with a potential to infuse dynamism in the operations. This push is being manifested in IT companies innovating to put a layer of digital business platform on their existing offerings that could allow their customers to innovate in the digital space without any substantial cost.
At the Fujitsu Forum 2015 held at Munich in Germany last month, the Japanese IT company unveiled its digital business platform called MetaArc. The company claimed that its offering would act as a ‘digital enablement platform’ for the digital world. A digital business platform is akin to a new layer that is capable of aligning various digital mediums working with the legacy back-end systems.
“As enterprises recognise the inevitability that sooner or later, they must tackle the multiple issues of bimodal IT within their organisation, Fujitsu introduces MetaArc as a digital enablement platform for its customers to thrive in the digital world,” Fujitsu said in a statement. It added that MetaArc would allow the customers to take advantage of key digital capabilities such as Big Data, enterprise mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) on the global basis.
Research firm Gartner coined the term bimodal IT which refers to organisations having two modes of IT, each designed to develop and deliver information and technology intensive services on its own way. Mode 1 is traditional, emphasising scalability, efficiency, safety and accuracy while mode 2 is non-sequential, emphasising agility and speed.
The new platform will be mounted on Fujitsu’s cloud service K5 and will offer an initial lineup of six new MetaArc products and services. The platform would help integrate the systems of engagement (SoE) enabling the customers’ digital transformations, such as business process innovations and the creation of new businesses along with systems of record (SoR) including mission critical systems, on a single platform.
While the use of cloud is common place and businesses not using it have found themselves to be at a competitive disadvantage, MetaArc could enable a business to adopt cloud-based computing for the entire spectrum of operations. This applies to businesses both in private or public sector where the former focuses on growth and competitive advantage while the latter is driven more by ‘digital first’ strategy.
MetaArc can also optimise the values attached to cloud-based ‘fast IT’, usually driven by business units and generally used for initiatives that explore and exploit innovative digital solutions. On the ‘slow IT’ or robust IT front, the platform supports modernisation and enables customers monetise the value locked in existing data and systems.
Fujitsu said that sustained competitive advantage will come by creating a position of balance between both ‘fast IT’ and ‘robust IT’ systems. This approach exposes and exploits existing data and processes, integrating and orchestrating the company’s own cloud and third party cloud services, and managing these alongside on-premise IT, it added.
“MetaArc enables customers to confidently embrace the delivery of two-speed businesses transformation from a position of balance. While modernising their core systems, Fujitsu customers can now simultaneously leverage both the flexibility their business units need and the visibility, security and cost management responsible organisations require. With MetaArc, the company reduces the complexity and risks of managing the emerging hybrid IT environment by providing cloud solutions, expertise and services for both fast IT and robust IT systems,” Joel O’Halloran, senior vice president, head of managed infrastructure services and digital business platform, global
delivery at Fujitsu said.
The correspondent was in Munich at the invitation of Fujitsu.