It is Never too Early to Include I.T.
IT plays a foundational role in almost every business’s day to day operations. The growing reliance on IT infrastructure means that IT needs a seat at the table when making strategic business decisions.
Technology continues to grow deeper and deeper roots in everyday business processes. Each year these roots grow more in-depth as innovative providers like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon continue to introduce new options and solutions to increase productivity. The IT revolution continues – and understanding how the dramatic shifts in technology can impact your industry is critical to keeping a competitive edge.
The growing reliance on technology puts unique pressure on the IT team. Technology experts must focus a great deal of energy putting out fires, working on break/fix issues and preventing or responding to a never-ending barrage of security threats. Add the additional challenges related to an ever-changing regulatory landscape, with extensive regulations like the GDPR framework, and you can see that IT's role in both day-to-day operations and an organization's long-term outlook continues to expand.
Because of the growing importance that IT plays, it has become even more important to include IT as soon as possible when discussing capital investment and strategic planning. Organizations that give IT a seat at the table early in the business decision-making process can gain a substantial competitive edge.
In today’s world, every organization is a technology organization. From fast food to retail to healthcare; when hardware stops working or there is a loss of connectivity, work stops. Servers, printers, workstations, routers, switches, and software are just some of the components that businesses rely on to execute their mission every day. Understanding and managing this growing array of elements plays a significant role in the success of any operation or project. Including those who engineer, install, and maintain the infrastructure your business is built on in the early stages of decision is a crucial first step in planning for success.
Take an anonymous manufacturing business as an example. To keep up with growing demand and increased sales they decided to invest in new manufacturing equipment. This equipment was more powerful, more efficient, and had a series of technological improvements that allowed for in-depth data collection, analysis, and real-time manufacturing adjustments. This new machinery was a significant capital expense and required careful budgeting. After months of research and planning the equipment was ordered and installed. Unfortunately, IT wasn’t included in the conversation until after the order was made. When the new equipment was installed, it became clear that the organization lacked the technology infrastructure necessary to enjoy many of the new benefits offered by the equipment upgrade. Technological limitations were now the bottleneck in operations, but there was no remaining funding to add the capacity required. Including IT at the beginning would have allowed for appropriate engineering and planning that would have maximized the organization's investment.
Including IT in the decision-making process as early as possible allows you to develop and grow your organization on a solid foundation and will give you the competitive edge you need to keep moving forward.