For years, forward-thinking businesses have been managing their supply chains (SCM) in order to optimize efficiencies and bolster their bottom lines. Data supporting strong forecasting and demand management can provide critical competitive advantage for companies ranging from Apple to Zappos. Proper SCM provides capacity when needed in the most cost effective manner possible. It means having the resources ready to quickly enable workloads, which, in turn, produce revenue for your firm.

While IT decision makers might not be used to thinking about applying a similar philosophy to their technology infrastructure, the time has come to do so thanks to the rise of cloud computing and advanced IT consumption management models.

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