According to the 2016 US CEO Survey from PwC US, 78 percent of CEOs are somewhat or extremely concerned about the rapid pace of technology change.
Gartner calls this rapid technological evolution – “the convergence of mobile, social, cloud and information [that] has become the platform for digital business” – the nexus of forces.
These forces are disrupting business models and forcing business leaders to evaluate how they use IT.
Whether or not your organization has an official IT strategy, obtaining a better understanding of your IT needs is something that should happen.
As technology, cloud services, and industries change more rapidly than ever, the only way to remain competitive, flexible, and protected is to know what you have and what you need.
Moreover, the ever-changing trends in technology demand that you regularly reassess your IT strategy, adapting your approach accordingly.
Identify Core IT Functions
Most likely, you are already using cloud services for some of your operations.
It’s even possible that there are cloud services that you do not know about being used by your employees.
An important first step in developing a better IT strategy is to identify the core IT functions that drive your business.
This will include things like email, data storage, data backup, applications and software, and phone services (VoIP), as well as infrastructure, such as servers.
Once you have listed all of your core needs, you can determine which are most critical.
Identify Areas of Risk
Your organization may have developed a robust backup and recovery system with offsite data storage yet have no email security.
You may have already shifted to software-as-a-service for most operations but have an outdated legacy system that you are still using.
You may have regulatory compliance issues that need to be addressed.
The point is, in order to mitigate risk, you must know what your risks are.
Bring IT Strategy to the Forefront
The organizations that remain competitive on a global scale are the ones that take a proactive stance in understanding and implementing IT strategy instead of waiting for technology to force their hands.
By developing a partnership with a knowledgeable IT Managed Services provider, savvy business leaders can stay a step ahead of the “nexus of forces”.
This can be done through leveraging emerging technologies to better meet the needs of customers and adjusting their business models to remain at the forefront of their industry.
As technology fundamentally changes how we do business and how we serve customers, business leaders must reevaluate whether their current IT strategy is meeting their needs.
Do you understand your organization’s IT needs?
Are you making a rapid shift to cloud-based services and need to identify your core needs?
Are you concerned about security and want to gain a more in-depth understanding of how secure your data and email are?
The ITeam is committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive IT strategies that keep them competitive. Contact us to learn more.