IT challenges ahead

Over the years, technology has become a large component of doing business in today’s world. While there are tremendous benefits that come along with IT, there are also struggles accompanied by relying on technology for just about every day-to-day business operation. IT challenges can vary across organizations and industries, but there’s one commonality, all IT departments have them. However, there are a few key challenges that many IT departments are facing today. We will go over some of the most common IT hurdles and some ways to combat them.  

 

Budget Constraints

 

Working in the IT industry usually means staying up to date on the latest technologies. And not to mention, implementing them quickly without disrupting your existing infrastructure. But how can IT departments innovate when the bulk of the budget goes towards simply “keeping the lights on”. Couple that with stagnant IT budgets, and your IT staff has a pretty tall order on their hands. Asking for more funds may not be feasible, so instead maximize your current IT budget by purchasing, renting, or leasing certified pre-owned data center equipment.  

 

Maintaining Current IT Infrastructure

 

With the ability to consume up to two-thirds of any given IT budget, support and maintenance remains a top concern for IT leadership, and for good reason. Properly supporting all your storage, server, and networking equipment can be both costly and time consuming. You rely on your data center infrastructure to meet your staff, clients, and end users IT needs. This can cause a number of complications. From juggling multiple support contracts from various OEMs to preventing downtime on mission critical hardware. To eliminate some of these hassles that come with maintaining your infrastructure, consider third party support for flexible SLAs and  other comprehensive support solutions.

 

Data Security & Compliance Regulations

 

Few IT concerns keep CIOs awake at night in the way that data security does. IT departments must protect their organization from data breaches  especially as risks continue to grow. According to a 2015 report from the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a lost or stolen record increased over 6%, from $145 to $154.  While the cost of a data breach varies by industry (with healthcare faring the worst), every industry is at risk for a data breach - and the cost of dealing with the lost or stolen data. As with any other IT challenge, preparation can go a long way in preventing a data breach. Security-as-a-service providers can offer solutions for data protection.

 

Are You Ready to Face These Challenges?

 

IT departments face challenges everyday. However, the key is to create the best plan of action to combat them. Whether your IT department is struggling with budget constraints, maintaining your existing infrastructure, or preventing a data breach, it is important to know that these challenges don’t have to mean disaster for your data center.  As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware and Support, Reliant can assist you with your IT needs. To learn more about how you can combat these common IT challenges, reach out to one of our dedicated storage specialists or give us a call at 1.877.227.0828.