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ODC attempts to deliver simple, reliable, software-based systems. Rather than requiring ongoing massive upgrades to function properly, ODC systems should grow naturally and easily handle the normal ups and downs of today's IT problems. The end result should be deceptively simple, scalable systems. Autonomic computing is one of the pillars on which ODC rests. The five levels of autonomic computing provide a clear path to achieving the aims of ODC.

If ODC becomes a global reality, many IT workers will be affected. Management software will replace the currently manual resolution of many of the simple problems encountered today, such as password lockout, using up disk space allocations, etc.

ODC represents an opportunity for IT people to move up the value chain and into more business-enabling roles. In this vision, IT workers will be more focused on business and service delivery than in the plumbing and wiring of servers and applications. Just as the end users of ODC services can enjoy a better experience, the same can be true for those who support those services.

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