Modernization and Transformation
In a dynamic IT environment, the need to periodically modernize is inevitable. Companies deploying computer architectures a decade or more ago are now finding they can no longer effectively support modern data processing demands. Although the modernization process seems like it would be relatively simple, it is usually includes an opportunity to transform current operations into a more productive, efficient, and less expensive state, as well. It offers an opportunity to transition from operations-as-usual to an entirely new method for delivering IT services.
This may include:
- Cloud Services (private, hybrid, shared, or public)
- Virtualization (replace systems with logical devices)
- Software-as-a-Service (or other XX-as-Service)
- IT Commoditization (a generic computing model)
- Remotely Managed Support Services
- Outsourced Operations (locally or overseas)
However, modernization/transformation of computer operations in today’s dynamic processing environment can be difficult. Regardless of how necessary they may be, the long-term ramifications for these decisions can be far-reaching, expensive, and counter-intuitive.
Companies faced with the task of modernizing their IT environment to capitalize on more efficient processes and/or emerging technologies must first understand how well the new IT strategy will align with their current business vison and objectives. Also included in the evaluation should be the new structure’s flexibility and scalability, to gracefully accommodate market growth and uncertainty. In addition, the current systems must be replaced without negatively impacting daily operations.
Some of the many challenge IT organizations face:
- Ensuring business alignment
- Improving operational efficiency
- Working within present and future budgetary constraints
- Management of excessive demand for storage growth
- Data protection and disaster recovery requirements
- Ensuring regulatory compliance is maintained
- Guaranteeing an uninterrupted continuation of Cybersecurity protection
- Addressing new mobility equipment issues and challenges
- Determining the degree of virtualization to be implemented
- Identifying applications and systems interdependencies
- Effective updates to policies, processes, and procedures
- Internal staff qualifications and training requirements
If ignored, these problems will continue to build until a major interruption occurs or overall systems performance degrades to an intolerable level. Seldom will these deficiencies improve on their own, or resolve themselves over time!
Data Center Enhancement Inc. can act as your guide throughout this process, bringing a fresh perspective, vendor-neutral approach, and industry best-practices to bear on the problem. We have many years of experience helping companies to upgrade their IT environments and transform aging infrastructure into a modern and efficient computing operation. Particularly important areas of focus include:
- Strategic alignment of IT with the stated direction of the business
- Evaluation of current and emerging industry technologies to identify which one promises the greatest benefit for your organization.
- Policy, procedure, and process modifications to support an enhanced IT environment
- Tactical program specification to ease the transition to a new environment
- Testing and Quality Assurance programs to ensure the transition is successful
- A solid Cybersecurity transition plan to ensure data is continuously protected
- Detailed project planning and project execution management
- Orchastrating a non-invasive, non-disruptive transition from current to future state operations
Our optimized transformation program will ensure your target IT environment is flexible, scalable, and resilient; readily adaptable for the demands of the next generation of corporate computing.
The modernization and transformation of an existing IT operation is a large and complex undertaking. We recommend a structured, methodical approach to its planning, which includes:
- An initial feasibility study
- Inventory and analysis of the installed IT structure
- Clarification of strategic objectives for transformation
- Identification and evaluation of the most promising technological approaches
- Tentative planning and budgeting
In addition, this program should be segmented into an Agile-like series of smaller projects that will yield quick, tangible successes and ensure the maximum degree of agility and flexibility can be maintained throughout the effort.
If you’re ready to immediately embark on a modernization and transformation project, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However if you are aware that something needs to be done, but are struggling with how to start moving in the proper direction, we have several simple assessment methods that can capture and assemble the information necessary to make good decisions about this project. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this critical program.