Technology advances rapidly and shows up in media on all sides. This means users, managers at all levels and even competitors pressure IT staff to implement this new technology just because it is new. The real challenge is deciding which of these new technologies will work to the best interest of advancing the organization and which is better to avoid for now.
Organizational priorities and long-term goals tend to remain relatively static. Technology has become much more fluid and changes more rapidly. IT management must evaluate the organizational value each technology offers to determine when and if it is a good fit.
New technologies such as cloud, Big Data, virtualization, and mobility all become tools for experienced IT managers who understand their organizations' priorities. Since every organization is different, the IT value of each new technology will vary with the organization's strategic goals.
To address this issue:
To make the most of any new technology, an IT manager needs a solid understanding of the organization and the challenges its users and markets face. Prior to jumping into a new trend in technology, IT managers must ask one question: "How does this help us address our current challenges or meet our strategic goals?"
According to Paul Simoneau, a senior instructor and course director with Global Knowledge, the coming year will have 12 main challenges for IT management and staff. Since each organization is unique in how it functions and where it places its priorities, these are offered in no particular order. The issues include new technology, cloud, Big Data, virtualization, BYOD and BYOA, shadow IT, boomers, energy efficiency, user systems, interoperability, creating value, and social networks. After a brief comment on each area, more suggestions for dealing with that situation follow.