We’ve all read those articles about digital transformation. The ones which extol the virtues of a continuous change programme underpinned by a technology roadmap to drive business improvement. It sounds marvellous. After all, we all acknowledge the benefits and value that data and automation can bring. But the tricky bit for many organisations is simply getting there.
At this time of year I’m always asked to look into my crystal ball and predict the IT trends that will make the most impact in the next 12 months. Here are my four top tips.
Today’s move on cloud is the next logical step in the waves of centralisation and decentralisation that characterise IT. One moment we think the best place for intelligence in the network is at the edge, then technology changes and it moves to the centre. When client-server came along, terminals became PCs and the mainframe morphed into the database server.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise and are rapidly becoming the leading cyber risk for business ahead of data theft. Recent reported attacks in the UK include the Arran Brewery, S J Andrew and Sons, a steel stockholding and industrial supplies specialist, and Bristol Airport.
Is your IT team battling technical debt? I don’t just mean that you’re not using the latest operating system, but whether you’re gradually building up technical problems that are going to come back and bite you in the future.
Moving to cloud is not a shortcut. Effective use of any type of cloud requires that all the ‘traditional’ IT disciplines as defined by ITIL and other best practice frameworks are in place and ideally automated. The good news is that most organisations will already have most of the required elements, which may just need to be re-architected or enhanced for cloud.
We all know patching is a vital part of IT security, but how often do you review your patching regime? And is it part of your organisation’s overall risk strategy? It should be!
One question I’m often asked is what new technologies organisations should be considering. This is an important part of my job and one that I really enjoy, as I’m a techie at heart! We’re always looking for innovative technology and considering how it might meet the changing needs of our customers.