Knowing when to invest in information technology is a struggle for many organizations. With so many new applications and hardware upgrades available, it can be a challenge to know which has the highest return on investment. Spending the time to research and understand how an IT solution can help your business requires expertise and business acumen.
Technology has permeated our lives and revolutionized the way we do business. Love it or hate it, we cannot hide from it or do business without it. The endless development of technology (hardware and software), however, can contribute to workplace anxiety and stress, affecting company performance and organizational stability.
We are consumed with the Internet of Things, abbreviated as the IoT. The next step is the Internet of People (IoP). IoT has taken over significant mind-share and is being used by virtually every sector of technology. Sure, the proliferation of sensors, low cost radio chipsets and software stacks which can be implemented inexpensively are causing a Tsunami of entries into this niche. But be forewarned: Too many people will not use the gadgetry if it is at all necessary to install it with wizards and options.
In a previous blog post, I discussed virtualization and its benefits. Hardware cost reduction and server resource efficiency are the biggest selling points, but there are many other added benefits to a virtual environment. While costs can be reduced due to less hardware needs, there are many disaster recovery points that will help to save on downtime and increase productivity.
What is becoming more clear is how the cloud is changing the way business works. These cloud services have lots of advantages for businesses, including increased security, the ability to scale use, and immediate access to new options and software versions.