There is a fog of uncertainty that sometimes shadows the IT world. Hardware and software failures, unexpected costs, and other unknowns can have IT executive contemplating whether or not they should bring a psychic onto the payroll, but there are better ways to improve predictability. Three killer tactics to prepare IT Departments for the future are to:
- Keep up with market trends â No IT company should simply strive to meet their clients’ present needs; they must also look to future trends in the marketplace to prepare for the next business-altering, best-thing-since-sliced-bread solution that will forever change the way the IT world functions. Future predictions in the marketplace can help your company formulate a plan to manage new business challenges that arise. The goal is to be ahead of the IT curve, not consistently laboring to survive. IT performance and company success are integrally correlated. Businesses that implement the latest and greatest IT innovations have a competitive edge over those that don’t. Prospecting the marketplace is a great place to start.
- Implement Lifecycle Management software â Major issues create whirl-winds of problems that can set any company’s routine and budget off kilter. Preparing for system crashes and other catastrophes can offer a company the needed foresight to plan for the unexpected. Lifecycle Management software, like IBM’s InfoSphere, can make it easy to track and predict hardware and software failure, thus reducing downtime and those bad, expensive surprises.
- Cushion budgets (cost containment) for data growth â As a company grows, its data load also increases exponentially. In other words, what you spent last year on increasing storage may not be enough to get you by this year. Planning ahead for future increases is necessary to avoid unexpected budgetary hits.
As erratic as the IT world can be sometimes, there are ways to improve predictability. The more insight a company has on their current IT systems and future market trends, the easier it is to prepare for both growth and possible complications.
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