The year 2019 is upon us and a well-articulated strategy with actionable items need to be clear for achieving the end goal: success! Organizations relying heavily on Information Technology need to think about agile solutions to drive their business. IT specialists have a mammoth task to keep up with the latest offerings that are being made available. With a plethora of latest applications, IT services, and policies available, it may be challenging to integrate new tools and services. However, the important services can never be underestimated. Let’s look at what businesses should do in 2019 to improve their IT.
2019 Business Resolutions for IT and Security.
The importance of data maintenance and security can never be overemphasized. Losing data is as good as losing business. Data backup has been a field with constant improvements and advancements. In 2018, we have come across many high-profile data breaches in major industries, including banking sectors, government organizations, and we also saw the resulting damage businesses have had to endure. As a result, even small to medium businesses have joined major organizations in taking backup and storage more seriously. Proactive IT specialists can plan on secured backup hardware and software to help safeguard the data integrity of an organization.
• Backup! Then backup your backup
• Use secure backup hardware and software
Millions of people used services in 2018 that experienced data breaches that revealed sensitive data and personal identifiers. Major organizations that suffered attacks this year included Facebook (social media), Saks Fifth Avenue (fashion industry), Sacramento Bee (news industry), which shows us that no industry is immune from cyber attacks. The list of cyber attacks in 2018 is a long one, and we have only mentioned a few of the major data breaches. What can you do differently in 2019 for your IT and security? Be proactive and never take any loophole for granted. Hackers are persistent and innovative in their approach and even big organizations are falling victims to even the most minor loophole or vulnerability. Companies should never take cybersecurity for granted.
• Invest in cybersecurity
• Keep your employees informed about best practices for cyber security
• Don’t wait for an attack…prepare in advance
• Make sure you have closed all the loopholes to your network
Scalability, reliability, and functionality are some of the deciding factors when doing cloud migration. There are several benefits in a cloud migration but there are risks as well. IT teams should have a complete overview on whether the benefits outweigh risks. For that, it is important to take several factors into consideration such as the nature of the business, the data being migrated, users, security restrictions, etc. For modern industries, cloud migration has become one of the most important strategic initiatives.
• Create a proper plan for migration. Consider the benefits, the risks, and cost.
• Migrate to the cloud and train the users on best practices to be efficient
• Monitor your cloud use and identify ways to optimize your cloud usage.
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Keep Up with the Pace: Educate yourself
Almost every industry is aligning their focus towards becoming technology reliant. To have a competitive edge, tech teams and managed IT service providers need to educate themselves with the latest technology and trends. Remember…businesses are looking for tools and services that make their work processes easier and more efficient. The information technology trends that you mastered a couple of years ago may have become redundant or outdated. Prepare in 2019…learn, learn, and keep learning modern and futuristic technology. When you educate yourself with the latest, you will be able to recommend the same to your customer and add value to the process. Keeping yourself and your employees educated on a consistent basis will help you keep a competitive edge, and IT businesses can stay relevant in providing top-notch IT solutions with education and training too.
Low priority for 2019
Next year is all about making the best use of the latest software, hardware, network, and security features. You may not know everything about the cloud, email migration, cybersecurity, or backups. However, experienced managed service providers should have the expertise to provide top-notch services in these domains. Spending time on R&D may only postpone strategic implementation of the most efficient software, applications or IT services for your organization. So rather than trying R&D on a crucial technology domain for your organization, it is best to delegate the task to experienced professionals. Outsource some of the IT tasks and services to Managed Service Providers so that you can spend more time focusing on keeping the organization up to date with the latest technology, or on your business’s core competencies. Spend time in understanding how a specific technology or service can help your organization function efficiently and partner with experienced MSPs to handle the technicalities.
GeekTek is a technology firm providing strategic, secure, and scalable information technology services to a variety of industries. Our technical expertise, coupled with our suite of services, assists businesses in scaling up in their growth cycles by our unique blend of modern IT services, industry-specific expertise, and approaching client relationships as a strategic partnership. We have also led the conversation on data security and privacy in industries vulnerable to hackers seeking the highly confidential information that the industry generates and stores.