Traditionally IT Architecture planning has been reserved for larger enterprises. Most small to medium sized businesses don’t have the resources or sometimes the know-how. However, the critical involvement of IT in the running of any business should make it a necessity.
Companies of all sizes can benefit from aligning overall business plans with technical infrastructure. Just as a business plan lays out the direction that a company will go in, an IT architecture plan is needed to support the business through that growth.
Supporting Digital Transformation
Business operations are changing. More devices are accessing networks as employees use smart phones, tablets and handhelds in an increasingly mobile working environment. Increased numbers of IoT devices are growing the Internet of Things framework putting existing IT Infrastructure under strain. Because of these developments and others, IT is playing a different role in an organisation. Previously it was merely a means to automate business processes, now it underpins growth plans, operational efficiency and safeguards a business from cyber-attack.
Moving to the Cloud
Expanding your virtual infrastructure and a move to the cloud brings issues regarding servers, storage and networks. Often the main challenge when managing a move to the cloud is integration with existing systems.
Infrastructure planning is essential to maximise the benefits from a cloud strategy. Without appropriate considerations in place, unexpected consequences may occur that will impact system performance and service levels.
Planning for the Long Term
The most recent phase of IT evolution is based on cloud computing and mobile devices. To fully optimise the investment in these advancements infrastructure planning is a critical activity.
A recent study by CompTIA found that only 34% of businesses surveyed plan their IT infrastructure beyond one year. 4 in 10 companies said they lacked budget for investment in new architecture and 1/3 said they lacked the knowledge on emerging technologies to formulate a plan.
Aligning business objectives with infrastructure is something many companies can improve on. It brings many real benefits such as improved communication between IT and business teams, the ability to evaluate current systems against long term objectives and most importantly with Infrastructure planning investment can be prioritised across different areas.
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