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How CIOs Need To Prepare Their IT Infrastructure For The Future

I was recently asked to provide some insights on how CIOs need to prepare their IT infrastructure for the future. Since this is something we help businesses of all sizes prepare for every day in our offices, I decided to take a second and share my insights here on the blog.

Thank you for reading along.

If you have any additional insights to share, please do in the comments below. I look forward to reading them.

What Changes Are Coming In The Next 2 Years With Regard To IT Infrastructure?

CIOs need to start thinking more in terms of seamless services rather than specific hardware or platform needs. As more and more technologies are integrating and virtualizing, there is greater flexibility in the technology discussion.

The younger work force is more tech-savvy and as such, employees and customers are looking for technology as a solution. There is also an ever decreasing dependence on a specific hardware platform. Virtualization, greater access to internet bandwidth, geographically dispersed workforces and BYOD will have a huge impact on this as well.

How Will The Landscape Change For CIOs? What Should They Be Thinking About Today To Prepare?

To prepare for this CIOs need to evaluate what their communication, collaboration, and process needs are. Examine the tools that are being used and start to think in terms of tighter integration, device independence, and scalability.

Many technologies can be deployed in much quicker fashion with technologies like VDI. Instead of planning hardware upgrades, the user device conversation becomes almost irrelevant. All of these discussions also lead to better data integrity, stronger security, quicker deployments and upgrades, and uniform versioning and feature levels.

The right decisions can also lead to lower support costs.

The “cloud” is certainly part of the discussion. However, CIOs should not be mesmerized by the buzzwords. Quite often a hybrid solution is more appropriate. Pick the services that make sense to be cloud based versus on premises. Spend the time planning integration and cohesion between the servers so email works with CRM which ties into a business ERP/MRP system which in turn feeds a unified support process.

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Sam Coyl
sam.coyl@netrepid.com

Sam Coyl is Netrepid's President & CEO. A US Marine with 9 years of service, Sam is an award winning 'Vetrepreneur', one of Pennsylvania's top executives under 40, and a member of multiple tech councils, business incubators and education boards. Connect with Sam on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @netrepid.