IT organizations are entering a new era, and cloud computing is at the center of it. Faced with rising expectations from the business, forward-looking IT organizations are focusing more on enabling on-demand access to IT services and delivering bottom-line results and less on the procurement and management of systems. Along with this shift in focus, IT executives are rethinking yesterday’s approaches to IT service delivery and charting a path to private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

In the Dell point of view, the cloud represents both the natural evolution of the data center and the future of IT service delivery. It’s a strategy that allows your organization to reinvest and reinvent the way you deliver IT services to drive better business results.

To make the most of this new era for IT, your organization needs access to seamless, flexible and secure solutions that simplify the integration, configuration and deployment of cloud services. These principles are at the heart of the Dell approach to cloud computing.

In years past, IT organizations were often seen as departments that supported the business and its users but didn’t play a leading role in the success of the enterprise. Today, this view of information ownership has been turned upside down. In a world now driven by data and digital interactions, IT is at the heart of the enterprise and a key player in the success of virtually all business initiatives.

The shift in the role and prominence of IT raises the profile of the CIO in the enterprise. This has both upsides and downsides. While it’s good that today’s CEOs recognize the importance of IT, CIOs are now under extreme pressure to respond faster to business needs and to turn IT into a competitive differentiator.

CIOs who have a clear vision for IT innovation that enables better business results will find a receptive audience at the highest levels of the company. Cloud computing is a key part of this vision.

The cloud represents both the natural evolution of the data center and the future of IT service delivery. It’s a strategy that allows your organization to reinvest and reinvent the way you deliver IT services to drive better business results.