Ingredient 3: Productivity
Data management in today’s complex and rapidly changing IT landscape can be arduous, time consuming and manual for IT administrators and managers. In a time where information is king and organisations seek to become more data-driven, IT teams have an opportunity to move away from traditional technician roles focused on ‘keeping the lights on’, to become more strategic business enablers who can help organisations drive value from their data. This requires a streamlined approach to data management, where the entire information lifecycle – from the point of creation, through to deletion – is as automated as possible, while mitigating risk and ensuring compliance.
Annual IT overhead can be significantly reduced by providing a single focal point for managing the complete data management lifecycle and significantly reducing the weekly hours required to manage data across multiple files, applications, databases, datacentres and cloud infrastructure. As a result, hours spent managing multiple systems and siloed policies can be saved and utilised more proactively and productively by your IT employees.
Essentially, we believe that when the financial director looks at the IT Department he will see them as a net contributor rather than a cost center. IT will need to focus on managing business SLA’s and generating systems which improve bottom line objectives, improve customer engagement and even help bring new products to market.
Creation of databases for test and development tasks, processing discovery tasks on these databases, recovering key applications and deploying new virtual environments require several hours a week from an IT organisation.
Reducing this time allows IT staff to be more productive and the organisation to be more agile.
Taken all together to make a secret sauce of success with the active ingredients of simplifying the complexity and reducing apparent risk – I feel these positive and enduring business outcomes can be achieved: greater IT innovation, improved employee productivity and enhanced organisational agility, allowing IT to finally become a strategic business enabler rather than a cost centre to the business.
Thanks for reading – See You soon, Freddie.