Essays on The End of Corporate Computing Article

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The paper "The End of Corporate Computing" is a good example of an information technology article.   The article The End of Corporate Computing was published in MIT Sloan Management Review, in its Spring 2005 issue; this article was a continuation of the series of an article IT Doesn’ t Matter, which became a part of the Harvard Business Review. Nicholas G. Carr (Carr), as an author has his expertise in writing articles and books on technology, business and culture. These two articles focus on the Supply and Demand side of Information Technology (IT) respectively. In the article The End of Corporate Computing, Carr analyzes the fundamental shift in how the technology industry is organized to supply IT to the corporate world.

Particularly, the challenges the sustainability of the contemporary business model, which he has very timely and evidently compared to the evolution of power generation companies that generate electricity on a large scale, centralized basis, taking advantage of economies of scale; This lead to a shift from power generation being a corporate function of the business to simply purchase of electricity from these utility companies (Nye, 1992).

In the digital future, Carr foresees that IT will make such a shift, where a fragmented model will move towards centralized IT utility companies. Concise body In the earlier years of businesses, the production of electricity was an integral business function for mills and factories, so they had their own privately run power plants. With the passage of time, some corporate came up with central power generating systems, using wires for power distribution. Electricity, since then became another commodity that could be purchased and hence utility companies emerged. Electricity was required by all kinds of businesses, its nature was a very general-purpose, and thus could take advantage of economies of scale. Similar to the earlier electricity utilization model by companies, where the supply of electricity was fragmented (in the sense, each company was maintaining its individual power unit), IT supply was fragmented, companies individually required to house huge infrastructure, maintain their working systems; moreover, this could not be done by themselves – they required technology specialists.  


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