For many businesses, IT projects are long-standing wishlist items that are perpetually postponed. We have clients come in all the time who talk to us about projects that they’ve wanted to invest in but could never allocate the resources for. Whether you’ve had these IT projects on the docket for a while, or you’ve just reached a level of growth that necessitates a new strategy, professional IT services can help you scratch off items on your IT wishlist.
Here are the top IT projects you should consider in 2018. Each of these can help your business take the next leap in managing your technology and how your business interacts with employees and customers.
Cloud migrations are complicated ventures. Not only are you choosing between providers like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, but you also have to understand how each company can meet your current needs and help you expand in the future. For example, if you mostly use Microsoft Office applications for your business, you are mirroring your current servers in the cloud. But if you’ve got custom-built apps that keep your business alive, you may need to build natively in the cloud.
Did you know? 78 percent of executives said their teams lack the cloud skills required to achieve their five-year plans. – Accenture
File Sharing Restructuring
When you’re a growing business, you often run on ad hoc policies and procedures. Often the side effect of growing is chaotic architecture in terms of file sharing and access. In any organization, there should be levels of access appropriate to that position. It’s the principle of least privilege: Determine the least amount of data any job should have access to in order to complete the tasks at hand.
By restructuring your file sharing, you effectively create a family tree for all users that helps you control access to your hard-earned data.
Cybersecurity is imperative. The data shows that malware and cyberattacks are on the rise and are not slowing down. Part of this is because the ease of use for ransomware is pretty high. With hackers at your door, and poor cybersecurity tools in place, you are playing Russian roulette with your business. By taking on security as an IT project, you can greatly improve your position against would-be cyber attackers.
Few things halt productivity like bad communication. But getting the right communication tools can be a tricky task. Many other businesses apps and workflow processes are dependent on your communication, so an enhancement needs to account for multiple platforms and uses.
As an IT project, enhancing your business communications can help you improve productivity, increase your ability to work remotely, and help you compete at a higher level.
Process automation is one of the key components in innovating within your organization. Think of your current workflow? With a little analysis, you can probably find several areas that could benefit from process automation. By loosening the grip on your manual processes, you free up your staff for more strategic-level tasks.
Reaching process automation through an IT project phase and professional IT services can help you uncover those day-to-day tasks that would serve the greater purpose through automation.
Ready to tackle your IT project list? Call Axxys today to talk about our professional IT services.