Gauging Your Need for Change in Your IT Environment

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Change is the name of the game when you’re in the technology business. And yet, gauging your organization’s need for change often gets clouded by a slew of ever-evolving choices. After all, you don’t want to waste resources or put systems and data at risk.

Chances are that at this very moment you’re faced with at least four choices in how to deploy IT applications, including:

  • Web-based software, a.k.a. Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Purchased software on an in-house server
  • Purchased software on your servers in a data center facility
  • Purchased software using rented, virtual server space via the Internet

On top of that, you also have decisions to make in terms of how to manage your IT environment, involving considerations like:

  • Staffing
  • Budget
  • Availability/ uptime requirements
  • Data backup and recovery
  • Command and control

So how do you determine whether (a) you must change the way your organization delivers IT services, and (b) that now is the right time for that change? Common business requirements that demand IT changes include:

  • Higher service level and availability expectations
  • Increased functionality, problems or support needs for existing applications and systems
  • Unforeseen outages
  • New applications coming into the organization
  • Aging IT infrastructure

If any of the above describes challenges you face today, then exploring options available to you is a great start. To put simply, the perfect solution will naturally rise to the surface as you gain deeper understanding of what problems need to be solved in your organization and what market solutions can or cannot deliver. This may be easier said than done, of course, but not as difficult if you do your homework.

We’re not able to cover all decision-making components and best practices in this post, but we will promptly deliver a handy guide to your inbox when you download our complimentary white paper:

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About Tony Johnson

Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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