Welcome to 2018 – no doubt another year of advancement for the tech industry. Is it me or is the pace of change speeding up? It feels like companies are really starting to embrace the 'digital' agenda; that is probably both accelerating and accelerated by technological progress. If you are not preparing your IT to support your organisation's digital strategy when that hits the top of the agenda, now's the time to start.
We have four themes that we think are the cornerstones of a digital strategy, and will enable IT to support what your organisation is trying to achieve in 2018:
In 2018 we should all try to 'Be More Cloud'. This doesn't mean necessarily blindly moving all your workloads to public cloud – in fact we are very much more advocates of a 'cloud where appropriate' rather than 'cloud first' strategy. The more stuff you can move out, though, the less resource you need to commit to running your own infrastructure. Or perhaps you want to make your own infrastructure more cloud-like?
2018 is the year to make sure your people can consume your applications and services in the way that makes sense for them. End user computing is no longer about desktops and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – it’s about application delivery, identity and access management, secure and frictionless access from the right device.
In 2018, not making the most of your data is virtually a crime! Most organisations store too much, but don’t make the most of what they have. Of course, the less data you hold, the lower your exposure to GDPR – but you need to make sure you have the right stuff nailed down, and that your organisation can make the most of it. 2018 is the year to get your data architecture right!
Less a separate area, more of a thread that runs through everything you do. With increasing regulation (GDPR; the ePrivacy regulation; NIS directive…) and an ever-increasing threat landscape, we need a new approach to security. We need to build it in rather than wrap it around the outside – especially as we open our network to BYOD, IoT and no doubt a host of other acronyms…
If we get all of these things right, we IT folk can create a really strong platform for our organisation's digital efforts. Cloud-like infrastructure will help you to move quickly and provide a platform for innovation; mobility will enable you to provide a wonderful experience to your team and your customers; unearthing your data will enable your organisation to plan their digital future; and building in security will help you to protect your brand and ensure customer trust. With all of this in place, you have a strong platform from which to 'do' digital.
So, these are the four areas on which we will concentrate for the year ahead. Talking of 2018, what are our predictions for the next twelve months?
Happy 2018 to all our wonderful Softcat customers; if you need guidance on your tech strategy as you plan for the year ahead, please get in touch with your account manager or via the button below.
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