Building High-Growth IT: 5 Things to Know Now

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Speed of Execution Trumps Control

When it comes to a business project, speed to execution is more important than who controls the solution. For decades, IT has designed, implemented and managed the majority of solutions for its users. With the emergence of the cloud and cloud-based services, where the solution resides and who controls it must be secondary to speed.

Today's businesses are in constant competition and speed to implement is often the difference between success and failure. If a solution can be implemented in the cloud more quickly than it can be internally, with similar cost, then it should be considered. IT cannot place their need to control and manage a solution internally above the ability to quickly have a solution provisioned externally. Using a strategic mindset, IT pros must understand that the main objective is to meet the business needs in the best manner possible.

Building and maintaining today's enterprise computing platforms is a lot more challenging than it was in the past. The competitive and fast moving nature of business requires a corporate network capable of meeting a company's ever changing needs and requirements. Today's business climate is driven by many forces which are constantly disrupting traditional IT culture.

The digital transformation movement is aiding in disruption. All companies want to share data and information with their clients and employees in a useful and meaningful way. Many companies are leveraging social media, mobile solutions, Big Data analytics and collaboration systems — often called the SMAC stack — to undergo this transformation. These technologies all require an agile and scalable IT platform. Additionally, shadow IT is constantly pushing IT to provide solutions with the threat of going around IT if they do not act swiftly.

For IT, these drivers pose difficult challenges as it is now commonplace for a fast moving business to throw out so many requests that they leave IT in their wake — unless the in-house IT pros can strategize and construct a computing platform built for growth and flexibility. In this slideshow, RKON has identified five factors organizations need to focus on when building high-growth IT.

 

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