Change – in certain situations that is almost a rude word.
But if we stop and think for a while about the recent changes, then hopefully the no no will become a positive nod.
Maybe just a little reminder – accounting written in hand has become one of the biggest addicts to the IT department. Or maybe your work with clients – if it weren’t for technologies and videocalls, emails and other communication channels, the impact of covid wouuld have been much worse. And we could also look at gaining new customers and communicating with them – from sales reps driving around to automated processes in the form of ads and chatbots.
We have welcomed this changes in the business sphere even though in certain areas they were truly revolutionary. Which makes it even a bigger wonder that these positive changes have been facing closing doors in companies without any closer introduction. IT is going through big advances any minute but it seems as if these benefits have been forgotten.
If your company has IT up and running – infrastructure, equipment and processes – then it is good to get an objective eye to see if maybe there is a time for change.
Most Common Bogey Men
At first we will face the reasons why IT upgrades or updates often end up in the bin even before hitting a table.
Money first. Many IT decision-makers stop at the first number they encounter when thinking about changes in IT – investing in change. Quite often it isn’t the word change that arouses the negative feelings, it is more like the investment is viewd as any used on a catastrophy.
It is true that the migration of IT environment and changes in internal processes are steps that require time and effort. Once. Wouldn’t it make sense to look at the long-term horizon and company the costs and benefits?
If it works, don’t touch it. When it breaks, we will get to it. This is a logical approach. The problem is that today’s demmands and needs change so often that we encounter a major problem.
The fact that something works doesn’t mean it is aligned with the needs. A five sizes bigger sock will still work but would it be aligned with your needs? The same applies to not fitting your foot the same way the IT may not fit.
This topic has been mentioned in an article by our CEO regarding the thought state of company IT guys (article about professional deformation). Old habits die hard and in IT they die never.
Because there is so much time and experience needed to be able to work with a specific environment and system, it is no wonder that the choice between current and new solution that has a different logic and way of functioning, the result is almost always the same.
Why Should You Change Your IT?
It would seem that all these reasons why not have so much power that there is nothing more to discuss. And despite of that we continue. Let’s look at the reasons that in many cases roll over these mentioned bogeys.
Yes, it is true, finances appear on both sides. As we have mentioned, we have two financial view – first investment and long-term cost.
With the current solutions the initial investment is a history but that doesn’t mean that the new solution will not be more effective in the long-term. Even though you have to invest in it once.
From this reason it is key to give a chance to a financial analysis which doesn’t stop just with the first item. It is necessary to take into account all elements and parameter that play a role in the total cost. For this analysis, you need to find professionals that know not only finances but also IT itself.
Efficiency is closely related to finances but not always. If we focus on the side of the non-economic related performance, we find out that the work of the team itself can rise or fall with regards to efficiency.
It is about the IT department functioning in a way it has to. With regard to infrastructure and everything it operates but also with regard to the work of the IT techs.
If for example your company uses physical servers, there are activities that do not occur with cloud. Of a company rents virtual private serviers from providers that pump up the prices without mercy and understanding from the customers, the technicians have to manually oversee and control the systems (just like our customer DIKA servis who encountered this exact problem with its previous provider).
Cars are no longer started with a belt; quite on the contrary, we have gotten used to automating this and that. But in an IT department, sometimes the old fashioned processes are still used.
- We have to purchase it from global brands
- Only physical servers
- Cloud is too complicated for us
- We are okay with putting together tens of services to make it work
These deeply embedded opinions and many other prevent companies from finding solutions that are functioning, efficient and simply at the same time.
Where Do You Start?
The process is the same as with any other project – you get an expert view, calculate the costs and make a plan. It is not rocket science – you just need to have partners at your disposal that are able to commbine technical parameters and the way your company works.