We read about the great new concept of ‘Utility Computing’ and how it could save a company’s time and money. But this is not something that has only advantages, it has several disadvantages too. Before it can become a reality, one has to face up and solve all the challenged to give users a good experience. Some of the important issues looking at users in the face are discussed below.

Methods of billing. This is one area which is to be perfected. Service providing companies need to evolve and perfect ways of how they measure, evaluate and bill their customers for power and other consumed utilities. Since it depends on several other factors, they have to arrive at how to price them and whether the service should be time relevant or what? And whether big consumers should be given perks such as volume discounts and other facilities.

Quality management and branding. There are several IT companies which are trying to establish a set of quality standards for utility computing. These companies have conceptualized catchy punchlines, brand names for their offerings. For example IBM calls its offering as ‘on demand business’, Microsoft ‘dynamic systems’ etc. The problem is that there is no common ground between their offerings. These companies need to come together and device a common environment.

Transforming offering. The concept of ‘utility computing’ is simple and straightforward as in it says ‘you pay for how much you use’ but to install it and successfully operate it would be a big pain. This total change needs an advanced machinery to work up and most IT giants will have to totally transform their entire IT departments, modify operational procedures etc.

Some applications can be made utility based immediately and have started hitting the market but then the proliferation of this concept will take at least 5-10 years. But the trend will find global acceptance say experts in the field, because of its simplicity and utilitarian value. It is likely that small and mid-sized enterprises will jump into the bandwagon of ‘utility computing’ first and then the bigger ones will follow.

There are several attractive propositions in migrating to this concept. The first and most important thing maybe savings of money, apart from this it offers the vital access to pricey technologies at affordable costs, which otherwise small business would never been able to get access to. Businesses will save on new investments in hardware and can concentrate on staff recruitment and development.

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