Matthew Ashe
Matthew Ashe Executive Head: Data Centres

As the business world becomes more reliant on sophisticated technology to run daily operations, IT managers are feeling the pressure to ensure all these systems are properly managed and maintained.

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Ensuring that you stay current with technology and applications to root out inefficiencies can be extremely time-consuming ad intimidating. But there are ways of ensuring that IT infrastructures are managed easily, giving IT managers more time to drive business technology. By sticking to the fundamentals of good IT management, it’s easier to identify and deal with the IT inefficiencies. In this blog, we highlight the top three inefficiencies that IT managers face and look at how to manage them effectively.

Outdated technology

Technology has become a necessity for businesses to drive innovation. It’s no longer good enough to have technology that underpins basic business operations. Instead, it's important to implement the most advanced systems and tools to truly stand out.

In the past, most businesses relied on a large in-house IT infrastructure, such as hard drives and servers, to store data and manage business applications. With the proliferation of corporate Cloud storage and management solutions, we’ve seen the need for physical storage diminish.

We've also seen business technology becoming more fluid and with advancements on a near-daily basis, it’s becoming necessary for IT managers to investigate and keep up with technology.

While not all new software and applications are required to run a competitive business, it’s imperative that the underlying technology is there to efficiently drive processes. Streamlined digital communication, secure data storage and backups, as well as optimal mobility, are all important.

The more informed IT managers are about specific technology needs and challenges, the better equipped they are to find and implement software to minimise inefficiencies and drive growth.

Inefficient business processes and lack of agility

A lack of standardised processes to govern IT management is a major cause of wasteful expenditure and low productivity. The use of various software and tools by employees to conduct the same processes, not only results in an inconsistent quality of work but is also wastes money on more than one application to fulfil the same purpose.

Infrequency or inconsistency in software upgrades greatly contributes to diminished output. Creating robust policies that govern the implementation and use of standardised software for specific business functions cuts out wasteful overlapping of technology.

The more efficiently business applications are implemented and managed from the get-go, the more time IT managers have to innovate instead of focusing on troubleshooting and maintenance.

Virtualisation

No business can function offline, it’s therefore imperative to manage virtual operations effectively. Virtualisation is ever expanding with more entry points into networks and the switches between devices and applications.

Exercising greater control over physical servers, routers and firewalls, as well as virtual networks and security systems, is crucial for the continuity of business operations. Being able to view and manage both physical IT infrastructure and the virtual environment from a single platform is the best way to simplify troubleshooting and minimise inefficiency.

Dealing with IT inefficiencies can be an overwhelming and time-consuming, so finding ways to manage daily IT processes is becoming more of a necessity. With the assistance of outsourced data management, IT managers can have more time to do what they really want to – innovate. Want to find out if our data centre is the right fit for your IT management needs? Download our Data Centre Checklist here.