Become a Smarter Enterprise and Modernise your IT Infrastructure
The need for modernisation is a trend that is becoming increasingly relevant as businesses are constantly faced with generational shifts in technology. The pressures that modern businesses face require them to close the gap between yesterday’s IT implementations and tomorrow’s demands.
Businesses that fail to modernise will rapidly lose their ability to respond to changing customer needs. Their competitive position in the marketplace will quickly weaken. But most significantly, the gap between where they are and need to be will widen, leading to an expensive and uncertain future.
Many businesses struggle with shrinking or incredibly tight IT budgets. For them, taking the appropriate steps toward modernisation will seem expensive. However, with a modernised platform, businesses can add new capabilities and enhance overall employee performance while reducing their electronic footprint, leading to increased savings over time.
What is a Smart Enterprise?
Smart enterprises leverage more converged IT technologies to optimise business practices, drive workforce engagement, and create a competitive edge. Leveraging a converged IT framework in your business means that you’re on your way to operating a smarter, more efficient organisation. Businesses can utilise four key areas of value and then assess their plan against:
1: Business Agility
In the modern world, most workforces are mobile. Your applications and enterprise architecture should reflect this and empower your mobile workforce. Being more adaptive and more programmable will enable your IT to be more responsive to your organisational needs. The modern business is ‘always on’, and therefore you need to consider how your most critical services can adapt more naturally and automatically to the mobile and always-on workforce.
2: Cloud Delivery
Modern businesses need to be incredibly efficient. Cloud delivery provides you with the opportunity to flexibly deploy services and software more consistently across converged premises, cloud, or hybrid infrastructures. Your IT business plan should consider how and when to deploy certain services in the cloud, when to operate them on-premises, and when to purchase them as-a-service.
3: Collaborative Communities
Today’s forward-thinking workforce demands feature rich Internet-style applications that are easy to access from anywhere and work consistently from any device. Organisations that have built collaborative communities by providing powerful tools that deliver consistent and intuitive user experiences, converged applications, and distributed architectures are able to adapt dynamically to change and empower employees to their fullest extent.
4: Assured Services
The job of securing your business data and protecting your company’s intellectual properties and digital assets—falls squarely on the shoulders of your IT. Add to that the need for security and assurance of business continuity, and you get a business that must consider greater infrastructure planning, high availability at multiple layers, a consistent and aligned security credential methodology, and which must validate automated archival methods.
Steps to Modernisation
Competing in today’s business environment is about meeting challenges, making decisions, and innovating rapidly—using the best and most current technologies, tools and information.
Cloud services, mobile integration, real-time collaboration, and high availability are becoming essential ingredients for the smart and secure enterprise. They are part of a rapidly evolving technology foundation by means of which the best solution providers enable new approaches to how your businesses IT services are delivered and managed, allowing you new opportunities for growth.
If you would like to discuss products and services that may be appropriate to your business, and that would help you become a smart enterprise, ready to confidently face the future, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01482 628800