Three key things to consider when building an effective IT infrastructure for your business
Having the right IT infrastructure is imperative to your business. 70% of businesses now recognise the major role IT infrastructure has in driving business results. IT departments are going through some serious changes, caused by what some may say is IT evolution while others believe it to be the fourth industrial revolution.
IT teams are now responsible for much more than keeping error messages at bay. They’re now required to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and innovation through technology.
C-suites are quickly realising that building the right IT infrastructure is imperative to creating better employee and customer experiences and competitive advantages.
Organisations need to have a secure, performant and agile IT infrastructure in place to form the foundation before they jump into predictive analytics and machine learning. So, IT departments are challenged with identifying the most effective infrastructure for their business.
There are several options available which could all be advantageous to an organisation’s IT environment, from private, public and hybrid to SaaS solutions.
Instead of relying on demographic indicators to determine the optimal infrastructure, IT teams should start by looking carefully at their businesses processes, application needs and internal resources.
Consider the following three things to help you build an effective IT infrastructure:
Different applications’ workload demands – getting a strong understanding of when and how frequently your organisation uses specific business applications will help form your infrastructure choices. Retail companies that usually experience peaks in activity around Valentine’s Day or Christmas holidays are prime contenders for public cloud resources. Differently to on-premises infrastructure, a public cloud environment enables organisations to scale computing power up or down quickly to meet the demand at busy times, which helps keep costs down as they are regulated over the course of the year. However, before diving in to public cloud you need to consider how much data your organisation will need to move out of its data centre and how long it will take, to project an accurate cost of adaptation.
The lifecycle of specific applications - The type of applications your business supports must be considered when selecting the appropriate infrastructure. If you still run legacy apps for critical functions like Enterprise Resource Planning or payment processing, the software’s limitations and its latency sensitivity etc- will determine your future infrastructure path. Older applications will require writing a replacement programme (which can be both time-and-budget consuming) or migrate the existing software to current infrastructure. However, with newer applications IT departments have an opportunity to capitalise on the cots and customer benefits of cloud environment. Retailers which serve customers nationally can improve its digital experience by hosting payments apps in AWS could rather than in a local data centre.
Your organisation’s enthusiasm for risk -Bringing together a smart combination for infrastructure also depends on your company’s current IT expertise and how much risk it can absorb. Specialised tools are great for organisations that have robust internal support and precise IT objectives, but those that are unsure about their software needs, or how to leverage these tools appropriately, may struggle getting the most value from their investment. The same factors need to be considered when deciding between vendors. If your organisation has the budget flexibility and in-house skillsets to manage and troubleshoot glitches when they arise then investing in a newer vendor could carry high potential for savings and flexibility compared to household name vendors.
IT teams can’t afford to make hasty infrastructure decisions, a strategic approach to planning needs to be taken for organisations to gain the tangible benefits IT can offer. From lower ownership costs to greater efficiency and increased internal innovation.
In today’s digital revolution, the infrastructure choices made by IT leader’s will resonate for years to come. IT teams need to demonstrate the power technology has to drive business performance.
How can Pinacl help?
Pinacl's grounding in complex enterprise networking and infrastructure allows us to design solutions that leverage the power of Public Cloud providers coupled with local resources. This intelligent mixing of platforms allows businesses to place their applications and data in the right place at the right time to leverage resources in the most cost-efficient manner.
For more information on how Pinacl can support your businesses infrastructure initiatives then contact us today
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