Twelve Challenges Facing IT Professionals in 2014

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Creating value is a recurring IT issue, and it's now a priority. IT departments must focus on improving service to the organizational user and to the organization's department needs. To do so, IT managers must remove any non-essential activities that are in the way.

That means a different way of sourcing non-core activities to keep the focus on value creation. This outsourcing means moving as many services to the cloud as possible. Why own or maintain software or hardware? Small or mid-sized firms can easily rely on the cloud for standardized services.

To address this issue:

This is relatively simple. Ask, "Does this task/activity improve our organization's core priorities?" If not, figure out how to eliminate that function and focus on the mission-critical tasks.

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.


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