Defining a corporate IT strategy can be one of the most difficult feats undertaken by corporate managers today. The IT landscape is continually changing with new software and capabilities emerging all the time. Picking one that is right for your business and the manner in which you leverage your software can mean the difference between corporate success with high productivity and efficiency, and failure due to wasted time and resources. In order to properly plan your IT corporate strategy, you need to first assess your current situation and decide whether you are wired, tired, or expired.
Which one is your business?
- Expired: An example of an expired IT corporate strategy is one which does not take into account any sort of change or scale to a business. Often in an expired strategy, heavy emphasis is placed on what has worked in the past. Most businesses in this category are reluctant to consider changing their existing systems. They sacrifice their human resources or financial strategy to their IT systems, often wasting more money on IT legacy systems while re-defining organizational structure of employees to maintain the status quo. Often in this scenario certain software requirements are overlooked or patched up with human resources in an effort to conserve budget or headache in IT. However, in the end, this ends up costing these businesses significant amounts of extra money in wages or overtime.
- Tired: An example of a tired IT corporate strategy would be one with legacy systems patched together with new cutting edge systems. These corporate systems have a non-uniform appearance when viewed from the outside. Many businesses in this category use a mix of cloud software systems integrated with legacy or aging hosted systems. These are hosted together on the same network or using middleware clients. While data flows successfully from system to system, the features, and structure of each system are so different that it can cause compatibility issues. Certain departments within an organization will have differing capabilities from their counterparts based on the features enabled in their software. This corporate strategy will ultimately require extensive re-work and upgrade eventually to maintain functionality.
- Wired: A wired strategy consists of an IT infrastructure which is essentially plug and play. Emphasis on strong middleware and interchangeability of company systems makes this strategy versatile and adaptable. In a wired scenario, a business can add or jettison software by using a strong middleware client to control and manage the interfaces between the systems. Businesses can add new systems by simply connecting to the middleware, and performing master data management and configuration. By doing this, businesses have the ability to extract and leverage the most value possible from their IT systems and have freedom in their software selection to use new and cutting edge systems which can provide exceptional value for a lower price point.
So there you have the descriptions of what expired, tired and wired corporate IT systems. Which corporate IT strategy does your company use? What is your experience with these systems.
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