“Press F1 for help”
This is a very well-known statement. But we are in a time where that help needs real help. With today’s hybrid environment, there are enterprises still running legacy equipment, there are third party vendors who still produce adaptors for integration, then there’s virtualization, and we’ve got Cloud. Through it all, the IT team still has to manage this load. It’s important to understand where the holes are plug them in before it falls. So here are some of those simple ideas which can be implemented quickly…
- Backup regularly and monitor them
The function of IT in an enterprise has largely been optimized with the Cloud framework. But are you operating on the right strategies for backup? It’s important not to just back up data, but to also think about metadata. That’s data about the data.
Metadata can help you out of serious issues by having them recorded or set in place somewhere. Ensure this simple fix in your policies the next time you backup. Backups don’t do anything to active files, so if colleagues have left for the day, ensure a policy closes all active files so that it’s backed u promptly!
- Maintain a cohesive team
Whatever be the process or goal, it’s people who drive it. It becomes paramount that people are comfortable in what they do and how they do it. If IT teams function as post boxes, their overall value diminishes. This concept now stretches even further with methodologies like DevOps etc where culture barriers need to be broken.
- Putting automation to work
IT management which has today become lot simpler through outsourcing still has a lot of points that are monitored daily. Questions also stem around what’s being monitored, is it useful, is it needed etc. Using automation this can be simplified and restructured. Identifying ways and methods to automate and provide this across every touchpoint will reduce failures and increase productivity. This action has to happen across everything IT stands up for.
- Security concerns
Security is something that is quintessential all the time. It’s not doubt that enterprises are wary and find it hard to move to something virtual in a matter of time when they were used to physical boxes all along. Again, careful planning is the key to preventing an attack or being a victim. Enterprises should not leave this perimeter unchecked. Investing with the right security partner who safeguards your business motives will be the best bet.
- Teams need to break culture barriers
The latest thing to join the software bandwagon is DevOps. As the software industry progresses, newer models of software delivery crop up. DevOps is no stranger, but the processes and roadmap engineers have is a long drawn one. And, one that can’t change fast. This is experienced with most software companies as they try and grapple with DevOps, CI/CE etc. One efficient way is to break all barriers that hinder communication, interactions and meetings. Over time, the team will build up and come together for everything. Breaking down barriers gives everyone in the team instant connect with each other facilitating greater response and agility…the thing that is needed today.
Whether you are a startup organization or a development house, these steps will help you to craft better software experiences for your users.