5 Reasons Every CIO Should Consult with an IT Provider to Map Out a Strategy for 2017

If you happen to have your eye on the IT world, then you know that there are some pretty advanced new developments coming our way in 2017. Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent, the cloud is ubiquitous, and the line between our non-digital and digital ecosystems is blurring into a “mesh”.

That’s not to say that older IT infrastructure is going the way of the dinosaur quite yet, but it does pose some problems for businesses trying to put together a roadmap for 2017. So why should you consult with an IT provider before mapping out your strategy?

1. What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
The direction you take in 2017 will affect what steps you take in 2018, and that year will affect the next, and so on and so forth. If you’re serious about staying as up to date as possible, or at least putting yourself on the correct course, it’s a good idea to speak with experts who can analyse your current IT and give you some direction. Planning out a roadmap that doesn’t put you in the best position to capitalise on these new trends can be worse than useless. 

2. Security Issues
Properly securing your business’s data and that of your customer should be a constant concern. But with the added levels of interoperability and overall cooperation being predicted, security is going to become even more complex than it currently is. That’s both a challenge and an opportunity. Consulting with an IT provider helps prepare you for any issues you may not have foreseen.

3. Keep Your Focus
With all the new cloud-based options out there, as well as the potential challenge of transitioning from your older on-site hardware to cloud solutions, the options available to you are nearly endless. An easy way to avoid being overwhelmed by those choices is to speak with an IT provider who understands what you’re looking for, and then gets it to you without any hassle.

4. Data Backup and Recovery
Having some kind of disaster recovery plan in place is critical in an age where data may be the most important piece of some businesses. Every company, large and small, needs to be able to quickly return to business after a disaster. The IT provider can help you determine what will work best for you, and you’ll have the assurance that your data is backed up and recoverable in case of an emergency.

5. Peace of Mind
If you’re keeping up with the IT trends predicted through 2017 and the years ahead, you understand that staying the way you are isn’t going to be an option after a certain point. What you need is a partner who can view your current IT solutions through an independent lens, and then discuss and recommend a strategy for future growth.

If you’re worried about the changes coming to IT, then connect with us today and we can begin putting you on a path towards a successful transition.