It’s true that nobody has a crystal ball, but IT strategists with strong vendor connections can have an inside track to what’s coming. All very well of course for bigger enterprise organisations who have that type of CIO role on-staff. They engage individuals or even teams to constantly assess technology developments, so they can align that with business direction. For SMBs, this is a little more difficult.
A lot of our customers use our Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) service to help them prepare for the future – as well as address major projects and solve existing challenges. But there are some other steps every organisation can take to be future-ready.
Building a strong network of contacts is worth the effort more than ever. If we can’t be expected to know everything, it is worth knowing enough people who can help you to come close enough. Access to a broad range of skills, and to the right vendor specialists, can go a very long way.
Security is set to stay high on the priority list. Today’s cyber-criminals are a far cry from the image of a teen in his mum’s basement; now, cyber-crime is the stuff of well-funded organisations. They even have call centers! Training users, regular tests, and expert advice are essential components of your business future.
You’ll hear this a lot, but it is worth repeating: getting your infrastructure in order is one of the most important things you can do to future-proof your business. This part of the equation just keeps getting more important. Why? In a recent report, HPE said that technology is moving faster than individuals can fully understand its implications. This is no time to get caught flat-footed.
There’s no simple answer to what counts as ready. Much depends on your industry, size and your business culture. Infrastructure that can be quickly adapted, scale and provides fast support for new or changing applications will allow agility to grab opportunities before everybody else does.
For many bigger businesses, composable infrastructure is something of a no-brainer and you’ll hear a lot about it as the other big vendors seek to catch up to HPE’s Synergy in that field. It will suit some mid-sized businesses too, but others will be better served by technology like hyperconvergence.
Hyperconvergence is a software-centric architecture that brings together storage, networking and compute resources, managing them from a commodity x86 server supported by a single vendor. We are seeing some very nice cost savings among our customers now and they are positioned well to digitise their businesses.
As technologists, it is thrilling to see the inventive ways that customers use the time and flexibility they gain. A lot of very smart IT people are no longer having their time and attention swamped by lights-on work, instead showcasing the creative thinking and innovation that the profession can offer. We’re seeing apps that engage customers or make life easier for colleagues from production to administration.