What Star Wars can Teach you About your IT Setup

What Star Wars can Teach you About your IT Setup

Star Wars. That timeless, Shakespearean space saga that we just can’t seem to forget. With new movies set to come out almost yearly, we can expect that Star Wars will be in vogue for quite a few years to come. It’s been compared to, and used in analogies for, almost everything you can think of, and now, Star Wars is going to teach you a thing or two about your IT setup. Here’s how to make the jump to lightspeed.

Let’s talk flexibility. If there’s one thing that’s ingrained in the Star Wars canon, it’s that the scrappy underdogs come out on top, despite going up against the massive, seemingly indestructible Death Stars and Empire.

Now, your traditional, monolithic IT structures are not evil, nor are they inherently doomed to fail, but the newest IT structures have much more in common with the mobile, flexible Rebels than they do with the Empire. As more functions move to the cloud, organisations are able to rely more heavily on outsourced IT that can be scaled up or down quickly, and is flexible enough to meet changing goals within the organization. Being flexible is key in the Star Wars universe, and it’s the future of IT.

Then we’ve got the notion that the right tool can fix almost any problem. In most cases, that tool is a lightsaber. They’re pretty handy in a pinch, and no one wants to find themselves up against a lightsaber-wielding foe without one of their own. What we’re trying to get at here is that having the right tools for the job—the necessary hardware, software or installation—is pretty important when it comes to IT, as well. And you want an IT provider who can get you those tools as quickly as possible, even overnight. Much like R2-D2 giving Luke his lightsaber in the nick of time before he could be thrown into the Sarlacc pit.

And lastly, you have to have a plan. The newest movie focuses on the plot to get the plans to the original Death Star, and we don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but we all know getting those plans was pretty crucial for the good guys. Otherwise, how would they have known where to attack, where the weakness in the Death Star was? If your organisation doesn’t have a strong, insightful roadmap in place for the coming years, you may find yourself in a tough situation. Much like when Han was encased in carbonite. IT is going to be changing dramatically in the near future, moving towards a service and vendor based approach, and it would be wise to put together a plan for how your organisation can deal with these changes in a smart and cost-effective manner.

If you’re concerned that you may need some help putting that roadmap together, then give 64TEQ a call. We’re not jedi masters, but we do know a thing or two about IT, and we’d love to consult with you and address all of your IT needs.