To reap the full benefits of cloud computing, the IT infrastructure must run efficiently. Many
organizations, however, are operating an IT infrastructure that has been cobbled together over
time and is based on disparate technologies that often are aging, labor intensive to maintain,
and difficult to adapt to changing workloads. Upgrading the IT infrastructure to support the
latest cloud computing technologies can be a big undertaking.

IT organizations often spend multiple weeks to plan, architect, troubleshoot, and deploy a
multivendor virtualisation infrastructure. Deployment teams must assemble and integrate a
range of hardware and software components from different vendors (e.g., servers, storage,
network, virtualisation software, and operating systems). The process is not only time
consuming but also error prone, making it hard to achieve a timely and profitable return on
investment. Complex integration models can expose even the most carefully planned
deployments to unforeseen risks such as implementation and testing delays, service
downtime, costly upgrades, or inefficient system performance.

The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure on SPARC offers a much
simpler approach that speeds deployment and reduces risk. It is a single-vendor solution for
the entire hardware and software stack from application to disk, and it can be deployed in just
2 days compared to 10 days using a traditional approach. This optimized solution has gone
through extensive testing at Oracle, resulting in a pretested, preoptimized, validated
configuration that can significantly reduce testing time as well as the time-consuming effort of
determining a stable configuration.

Mr Solomon Adiyiah, CEO and Principal Consultant, eSolutions Consulting, on Friday said the increasing rate at which government agencies and businesses were adopting new technologies was a sure way to address the challenges of poverty reduction, a most critical issue facing the country.

Speaking at a media interaction in Accra, Mr Adiyiah said most Ghanaian organisations were heavily dependent on manual processes with poor data collection and reporting methods, which did not augur well for accelerated development.The media interaction was to expose media executives and prospective clients to existing eSolutions in efforts to help promote the ethos of value based business and technology consulting in the country. He said few organisations with Information Technology (IT) systems found themselves managing very rudimentary IT environments and unreliable network infrastructures.

In addition, such organisations lacked the rigorous management disciplines and frameworks necessary to maximise efficiency of scarce IT resources, improve the reliability of systems, and reduce IT expenditures. Mr. Adiyiah said provision of effective business and IT consulting services would help the country’s corporate institutions make the necessary advances in the field of acquiring new technologies to help create jobs and generate growth in both public and private sectors.

“Organisations require services and solutions that help simplify their business processes through technology enablement and create a streamlined, flexible environment that would facilitate them to respond more rapidly and efficiently to change”.

“Making a business more agile reduces the time taken to launch new products, customer retention and new customer acquisition, facilities expansion, and allows businesses to adopt new, leaner processes to create a competitive advantage,” he said. Mr Adiyiah said the interaction would create a common platform for industry players and policy makers to brainstorm on ideas to help improve organisation’s operations through best practices in Business and IT Strategic Planning and Transformation, IT Infrastructure Management, Business Process Improvement, Technical Project Management, Outsourcing.

“Drawing on our experience, we believe we can help organisations improve their operations through best practices,” he added.

eSolution’s current clientele base in the country include; Vodafone, AngloGold Ashanti, Ghana Cocoa Board, Volta River Authority , Ministry of Communications, Ghana Health Services and Internal Revenue Services.It is a new consultancy company with service offerings and solutions specifically developed to meet challenges facing organisations operating in Ghana and Africa. Its consultants developed the Ghana Government Enterprise Architecture framework which focused on technology blueprint for computerisation of the public sector.