It’s that time of year where IT leaders take stock and begin planning for the year ahead. Part of that planning includes breaking any bad habits you and your team may have started.
When an organization has a technology emergency and employees can’t access the critical tools they need, IT teams create quick fixes to get systems up and running again – things like patching together technology to bring a server back up or to get a legacy application running. Unfortunately, the long term effects of these quick fix band aids often start harming an organization’s bottom line.
Break free of limiting IT mindsets that create these headaches, inefficiences, and extra expenses. Kick off 2023 with your technology stack on the right track and be confident that your technology has what it takes to power efficiency and profitability for your business. These are the 5 bad IT habits you must break to set yourself up for success in the coming year:
Bad habit #1 – Accepting infrastructure TCO that’s higher than it needs to be
IT Infrastructure is crucial to every part of the organization, but not every IT dollar is well spent, and not every purchase avoided is actually going to save money in the long run. Are you spending on separate resources that could be virtualized and consolidated?
Bad habit #2 – Getting stuck at converged infrastructure
You’ve probably experienced the advantages of converged infrastructure. If not, it’s likely that convergence is on your agenda. But if you consider achieving convergence as a stopping point, you’re missing out on the next stage of efficiency and potential edge infrastructure advantages, like easier recovery and greater security.
Bad habit #3 – Assuming “Cloud first” is a forever rule
The cloud has been a boon to enterprise IT. Going all in on cloud as the once and forever solution will leave you dependent on infrastructure you can’t control. For lower latency, greater security, and a host of other reasons, you don’t want to rely on a cloud-only infrastructure. Many new technology applications already run at the edge, and that trend will continue to grow.
Bad habit #4 – Expecting downtime – and accepting it!
Every moment of downtime matters. It’s time that your employees can’t work, suppliers can’t get in touch with you, and customers can’t place orders or get the support they need. Being in business means being open for business, yet organizations suffer from an average of 28 hours of downtime in any given year – and for larger enterprises, it’s closer to 45 hours1.
Bad habit #5 – Buying what you don’t need, and paying for what you don’t use
It’s tempting to adopt solutions that promise more than what you actually need, but keep in mind that these solutions do often have a downside. Overprovisioning usually means overspending in the present for what might happen in the future. As technology advances, you may be dealing with a strained budget, and with yesterday’s solutions.
Hyperconverged infrastructure technologies, like Scale Computing Platform, allow users to break bad IT habits and do more with less, radically simplifying IT. If it’s time to break your bad IT habits and start investing in technology that changes the way you think about and manage IT, contact us today to learn more.
"FY22 Strategy Scale Computing,” Spiceworks Zi Davis, November 2021