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Tod Hynes

Tod Hynes

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Charles Kane

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Stuart Madnick

Stuart Madnick

John Norris Maguire (1960) Professor of Information Technology

Department: Professor of Information Technology and Engineering Systems

Contact: (617) 253-6671, smadnick@mit.edu

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Why the battle of computer services companies is good news for businesses — Charles Kane

In the early days of computers, companies used a fee-for-shared-service model for technology. It was common to pay a company like IBM rent for use of its mainframe machines. As computers became smaller and less expensive, businesses began to purchase their own equipment and the computer rental model went the way of the dinosaur. Interestingly, we’re now seeing a return to that old model, but instead of computers, businesses are renting web and cloud infrastructure services for apps and storage. This is great news for small- and medium-size companies, as building the data centers to run those services is exorbitantly expensive. By only purchasing the infrastructure cloud services that they need from large companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon, they eliminate the risk of that huge financial investment. Even better, we’ve seen recent price wars among those service providers. Some of them slashed their prices by as much as 85 … Read More »The post Why the battle of computer services companies is good news for businesses — Charles Kane appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.

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