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Forrester tips on setting up IT infrastructure in China

Anuradha Shukla | April 3, 2013
Provides guidelines to help enterprise architects at companies launching operations in China.

Setting up IT infrastructure in China is not easy but your task may become easier by reading the new Forrester Research report "How To Successfully Set Up IT Infrastructure For Your Business In China" by principal consultant Charlie Dai.

Enterprise architects have to work around China-specific challenges such as networking issues affecting infrastructure design, local security issues and bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

Forrester advises enterprises to adopt a phased approach to setting up IT infrastructure. If they focus on the consolidation of business missions and IT goals in each phase it will help them form the right infrastructure.

Businesses should align the IT infrastructure strategy with China's regulatory environment, and strike the right balance between in-house IT and outsourcing.

Planning for any future networking challenges is also advisable.

Major hurdles

One of the major hurdles for IT teams is to understand the complex administrative hierarchy of China's government.

Together, issues such as local regulations, network stability, and local supplier selection can make it difficult for enterprises to create an IT infrastructure that can successfully support a business.

Enterprise and infrastructure architecture professionals should focus on collaborating in order to effectively support the quick implementation of their business strategy.

This becomes especially important as each local market is different in terms of regulatory policies, the national IT landscape and business culture.

Businesses should get to know their local partners and address local market characteristics.

A few established local IT service providers in China are China Telecom SI, China Unicom SI, Digital China and Teamsun.


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