As businesses rely more on sophisticated technology to optimise processes and remain competitive, the onus is on IT managers to ensure that these systems are properly integrated, managed and maintained.
While many Nigerian enterprises have been steadily adopting business software and technologies, existing IT inefficiencies still prevent them from operating as a digitally optimised, competitive business.
Ensuring that you are informed about technology and applications to root out inefficiencies can be time-consuming and intimidating. But there are ways of ensuring that IT infrastructures are managed easily, giving IT managers more time to drive business technology. In this blog, we highlight the top three inefficiencies facing IT managers and how to manage them effectively.
Technology is essential for businesses to drive innovation. It’s no longer just enough to have technology that underpins basic business operations. Instead, it's important to implement the most advanced systems and tools if you want to stand out.
In the past, most businesses relied on a large in-house IT infrastructure such as hard drives and servers to store data and manage business applications. With the proliferation of enterprise cloud storage and management solutions, the need for physical storage is diminishing.
Business technology is becoming more fluid and with advances almost daily, it’s mandatory for IT managers to investigate further and keep up with technology.
While not all new software and applications are required to run a competitive business, it’s imperative that the underlying technology exists to efficiently drive processes. Streamlined digital communications, secure data storage and backups, as well as optimal mobility, are important.
The more informed IT managers are about specific technology needs and challenges, the better equipped they will be to find and implement software to minimise inefficiencies and drive growth.
Root out inefficient business processes
A lack of standardised processes to govern IT management is a major cause of wasteful expenditure and low productivity. The use of various tools and software by employees to conduct the same processes not only results in an inconsistent quality of work but also wastes money on more than one application to fulfil the same purpose.
Infrequency or inconsistency in software upgrades greatly contributes to a diminished output. Creating robust policies that govern the implementation and use of standardised software for specific business functions cuts out the wasteful overlapping of technology.
The more efficiently business applications are implemented and managed from the get-go, the more time IT managers have to innovate instead of focusing on troubleshooting and maintenance.
No business can function offline, so it’s imperative to manage virtual operations effectively. Virtualisation is ever-expanding with more entry points into networks and the switches between devices and applications.
Exercising greater control over physical servers, routers and firewalls, as well as virtual networks and security systems, is crucial for the continuity of business operations. Being able to view and manage physical IT infrastructure and the virtual environment from a single platform is the best way to simplify troubleshooting and minimise inefficiency.
Dealing with IT inefficiencies can be overwhelming and time-consuming, so finding ways to manage daily IT processes is becoming compulsory. With the assistance of outsourced data management, IT managers can have more time to do what they really want to – innovate.
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