A Guide To Re-assessing Your Business IT Infrastructure
A lot can change in a business in just a few months. Whether you’re an emerging small business or established enterprise, chances are your needs and requirements will vary from one phase to the next. A digital transformation might be underway, new systems might have been added, processes might have changed. The result? New challenges keeping you up at night. But where should you begin? How do you know if your current approach is working? And if not, what are the right solutions and strategies for getting things back on track? To help you make sense of it all and get back on track sooner rather than later, this article covers all of the key questions you need answers to as soon as possible. Keep reading for everything you need to know about revamping your business IT infrastructure and how accelerateIT can assist you in improving your business processes
What’s fueling your business IT infrastructure?
Before you begin revamping your IT infrastructure, you need to know exactly what you’re investing in. Let’s start with the basics.
What you need to know to revamp your IT infrastructure
Your business’ core systems are at the heart of your IT infrastructure. Here, you handle day-to-day operations, including inventory management, sales, marketing, customer support and more.
Your business’ data support systems are crucial to the smooth operation of your core systems. They’re typically located in a data centre and include applications that support or automate key business processes.
Finally, your business’ office equipment and technology (OH&T) are also part of your IT infrastructure and important to your operations.
What problem are you trying to solve?
Before you revamp your business IT infrastructure, it’s important to understand the problem you’re trying to solve. This can help you zero in on the best solutions tailored to solving the business problem at hand.
What problem are you trying to solve?
Let’s start simple. Let’s say you’re a manufacturer handling orders and deliveries for your customers. As the business grows, so does the number of orders you need to manage and handle. Additionally, those orders are constantly changing and evolving, which means you need to revamp your systems to keep up with the latest trends, challenges and opportunities. Another common use case is a law firm that handles a variety of matters, including civil and criminal litigation. As the firm expands, the demands placed on your IT infrastructure also expand. To keep up with these rising challenges, your firm’s IT infrastructure needs to be refocused and revamped.
Assessing your current infrastructure and current risk levels
Another key question you need answers to is how your current approach to managing your business IT infrastructure stacks up against the current state of affairs. To do that, you need to assess your current infrastructure and current risk levels.
What are your current infrastructure and risk levels? Let’s start with your current infrastructure. You know your core systems and how they’re interconnected. You also know their current state, including their current size, shape, and capabilities. And you have a rough idea of how much time it’ll take to bring these systems to fruition. Sounds like a good start, right? But when it comes to your current risk levels, this is where things can get a bit more complicated. Because while you know what you have, you need to understand exactly how vulnerable it is to cyber threats.
The bottom line is your business’ health and survival depend on how well your core systems are functioning. And if your current approach isn’t working, you need to revamp your business IT infrastructure. Luckily, you have one major advantage. You have time. Reassess your current approach, identify key pain points, and then think about what your ideal future state looks like.
With that done, you’re in a much better position to make informed decisions about how you best transform your business IT infrastructure. And as you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider, from your business’ needs and requirements to current risk levels, your current state, and your ideal future state. With all of this information in mind, accelerateIT can assess your business IT infrastructure, pinpoint your current state and current risk levels, and offer recommendations on how to improve things.
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