Modern IT Management in a Cloud-First World

By Brad Ellison| November 02, 2017

While the cloud helps businesses overcome many of the limitations of traditional IT, the constantly evolving digital world holds a whole new set of challenges. To adapt to the changes brought on by the cloud, IT departments will need to define what “Modern IT” means to them.

How Has IT Management Changed in the Cloud?

To succeed in the age of the cloud, businesses need to be faster, more responsive, and meet rigorous security criteria and higher expectations for accessibility from anywhere on any device. Constant assessment and re-prioritization of efforts is needed to capture new opportunities in the cloud while avoiding disruption.

Despite mid-size business’ desire to leverage the speed, scalability, and economic value of the cloud, many well-established organizations have been slow to reorganize their IT management strategies to reflect the new business realities of today. To gain a broader strategy, Modern IT management is designed to manage the ever-present change, risk, and opportunities before us.

  • Manage Change: When size is no longer protection from a smaller company with a breakthrough idea, it is more important than ever for businesses of all sizes to continuously discover, define, and integrate new sources of growth. The need for rapid innovation has become a new mandate for companies of all sizes. If your IT can’t keep up, it’s not just a point of frustration, it’s a serious threat to the survival of your business.
  • Manage Risk: Most business leaders come from a time when the safest and most reliable way to build competitive advantage was through gradual improvements to their tried-and-trusted business models. However, in an age of great disruption, you stand to lose more than you stand to gain by playing it safe. While the continued evolution of cloud technology presents new opportunities for growth, these opportunities also create a new set of risks (i.e. security and compliance, consumption and cost management, etc.) that business executives and IT leaders must learn to overcome.
  • Manage Opportunity: Business leaders are looking to their IT department to not only manage daily tasks that keep the company afloat, but also identify new opportunities, implement the technology, and ensure users are benefiting from new capabilities. When investing more money into a largely reactive IT support system is no longer cost-effective or sustainable, business leaders need to start looking outside the organization for support. A Managed Services Provider can bring the necessary skills and experience to deliver every bit of value the cloud has to offer.
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