The accelerated pace of innovation and transformation challenges everyone to adapt and improve. Your entire organization must be agile enough to evolve swiftly – and your IT partner must be able to encourage and support your development.
Be agile in every sense
Agile is not just a method for project management – it is a mindset that must encompass your entire organization. The old-fashioned methods for doing business are simply not flexible enough to handle the rapid changes affecting everything from customer expectations to new ways of working. Instead, the willingness and ability to adjust must be a central element of your organization’s culture. The need for agility cannot be understated.
A fresh approach to cost and procurement
Being able to adapt quickly becomes harder, if you have to secure funding for large investments and wait for a supplier to deliver essential hardware. Not to mention the risk of shifts in the market or your company strategy rendering your assets obsolete before you even see a return on your investment. To increase agility, shift spending from CAPEX to OPEX - for example by embracing a hybrid cloud approach by moving some of your workloads to the cloud.
Always on – always!
The more critical your IT systems become for your business’ ability to operate, the more imperative it is to keep those systems always running optimally. Be prepared to respond to abrupt changes, which can be anything from crisis and disasters to political or societal fluctuations. Being able to access your system remotely or activate a backup at short notice can mean the difference between being in business or out of business.
Pick a partner that can match your pace
It is imperative that your organization can respond appropriately to changes in technology – at the right pace. Be sure to pick an IT partner who shares this agile mindset and is able to support and encourage your development. A good partner will be able to anticipate how the new digital realities will affect your business and will help you prioritize so you are neither lagging nor in danger of being overwhelmed.