Even before the catalyst of a global pandemic, organizations were being pushed to function with more mobility and accelerated digitalization to keep up with the needs of their workforce. Employees are no longer centralized in an organization’s main office, utilizing only corporate devices—they are remote, geographically spread-out and likely to use a mixture of personal…
To compete in today’s rapidly evolving business world, companies need a comprehensive infrastructure plan that incorporates the proper balance of people, processes, and technology. Applications power ideas, products, and services, allowing businesses to make an immediate, direct connection with users. IT teams are able to provide the support needed to manage and deliver these applications that drive customer engagement and revenue. These teams must be flexible and service-oriented in order to meet the modern IT requirements:
- Empower employees across locations to become more productive and successful
- Enable processes that streamline operations and support business goals
- Enable consistent application performance anywhere, anytime
- Reduce risk as applications move across endpoints and hybrid cloud locations
- Minimize time spent on maintenance to enable focus on more high-value activities
Navigating away from traditional thinking and transforming organizations to meet the ever-changing demands of an app-centric future is no small task. IT teams must put the outdated, hardware-centric approach aside and tailor their ideas to fit a fresher, software-defined system of infrastructure. The goal here should be to build a digital foundation that supports dynamic, distributed apps across data centers and hybrid clouds and the only way to do that is to adapt to an entirely new mindset and modernize at the most basic level. There are numerous benefits such as faster IT responsiveness, the ability to scale with demand, and flexibility to deliver the right solutions at the right time.
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Of course there are always things to consider, like whether or not your technology and approach are aligned with business objectives or if you can prepare these applications to meet the business standards of not only today but in the future. Having a clear and concise vision is always helpful to any branch of a business and when everyone is on the same page and is working towards one common goal you can minimize unknowns and work to better design an infrastructure that meets and anticipates these needs. Now of course, you will always have uncertainties on some level. In an industry where new technologies emerge all the time, it is impossible to plan ahead for every scenario. To combat this, maximize flexibility by designing an infrastructure that is adaptable and can shift without the risk of wasted investments or the need to start over.
Applications are the latest step in the evolution of technology and have pulled us fully into the digital era. The future of business is intertwined with them, as well as the infrastructure that supports them. Companies that are able to empower people, streamline processes, and achieve alignment between business and IT can gain a significant advantage over competitors. Building an infrastructure that meets the standards of today’s app-centric world is more important then ever; however, leaving room to grow and adapt to what will come next may prove to be more important in the long run.
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