Building High-Growth IT: 5 Things to Know Now

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Reduce the Cost of Keeping the Lights On

It takes constant investment to keep a computing platform stable and ready for growth. Industry standards tell us that 80 percent or more of the IT budget goes towards maintenance costs, which does not leave much money for investing in new technologies or services. IT must find creative, more effective ways to handle these maintenance costs and tasks in order to increase the budget for growth.

  • Evaluate leveraging IaaS for server hosting, storage and backup; IaaS can lower operation cost for servers by 20 to 25 percent.
  • Implement a cost-effective SaaS solution to lower the company software budget as well as the lower the cost of the services required to deploy, support and upgrade these software suites.

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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