5 Tips to Successfully Plan for IT Modernization

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Mobilize and Modernize

Regardless of the industry, it's important for IT leaders to take careful inventory of their application landscape and the infrastructure that supports these applications. They also need to make sure they map everything back to the user experience. The proliferation of mobile devices dictates that users, internal and external, need to be able to access data from mobile devices at any time and from anywhere. For IT leaders, this not only requires them to take a closer look at the security aspects of their IT infrastructure, but because these mobile devices will rapidly generate more data, they need their data center infrastructure to be more elastic and scalable to support these new requirements.

Most will find in the initial phases of a new mobile app deployment cycle that it places stress on their data center infrastructure and, more specifically, their data storage infrastructure. When trying to deploy new mobile applications on old storage arrays, the proprietary, rigid nature of that legacy hardware places serious limitations on growth, driving requirements to modernize the infrastructure to support the scale, speed and agility that is required for their modern application environment. Many CIOs have deployed software-defined infrastructure as a way to keep ahead of the growing demands on their business and have seen immediate, measurable benefits.

Today's IT leaders are not the same as yesterday’s. As more economic activity continues to take place digitally, IT departments are faced with more challenges every day. Not only are CIOs and IT decision makers being tasked to take on a multitude of ambitious strategies to transform the digital enterprise, but they are also expected to execute against their everyday demands – overseeing company computer operations; supervising information system and communications networks; and addressing policies, governance, compliance and security, just to name a few.

One strategy that will help drive real business growth and strategy across multiple departments, and free up the IT department to focus on the bigger picture, is IT modernization. And it's something that a lot of enterprises are considering – in fact, 70 percent of enterprises consider data center and application modernization a top priority for their business.

In this slideshow, Mark Lewis, CEO of Formation Data Systems, distills the top five things IT leaders should prioritize in order to make IT modernization a reality. The key to successful IT modernization includes proper planning, alignment with current and future goals and objectives, understanding vulnerabilities, and finding the right partner in order to facilitate implementation.


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