One of the larger challenges that is faced by people that managing the IT responsibility for their company is finding good partners that they can work with. Believe it or not, it wasn’t until last decade that most companies finally felt that hiring systems had become solid enough that they could rely upon a candidates technical skill set being as advertised when they hired them.
The hiring battle then shifted to whether or not candidates would be able to handle information ethics standards. Most companies are very sensitive about allowing their information to be handled by vendors that employ people that leak information about them that is copyright or not to be talked about.
Today, with an uptick in technology development, some of the smarter firms have started looking at ways to avoid a return to worrying about a candidate’s technical skill set.
Here are some ways that hiring firms are optimizing their return on their IT dollar:
Using managed services:
Managed services is one of the more popular way to take your IT work and move it offsite. You can also have people come onsite from an outside vendor and take over the day-to-day operations of a specific part of your IT department onsite. The primary benefit of using a managed IT services is that you can expect to save money while getting the same level of service as you are used to. You can also cover new technologies more easily because your vendor will be responsible for seamlessly providing you with the type of experts that you need with you having to pay extra.
Turning to ROI as a measure:
Return on investment is a popular way to look at a project and determine whether or not what you are doing actually beats what you used to do. It is best run as an analyses when you are working on specifying the details for your new project. That way, you can either have the project approved or denied after you know whether or not it is likely to bring a lot of value to your firm. Managers that insist on ROI as a means of proving a project, tend to get the type of data back that they can use in meetings with upper level management to advance their career.
Moving into the cloud:
It is probably obvious to most companies that putting the bulk of your productivity applications into the cloud gives your workers a lot more mobility and freedom. In most cases, it should unleash more productivity because some people do enjoy working a little bit in their off hours.
It also brings greater data security to your company. Each data center that hosts a cloud presence likely has at least twice the security that your company does.
Many companies have allowed their IT departments to outsource some or all over their work to managed IT services companies because they have a track record of getting the job done for a lower price. They also can provide better stability of coverage in new technologies without you having to pay a thing.