Eighty-two percent of CIOs believe their job is harder today than it was just two years ago.1 Hybrid work environments, employee retention initiatives, and global supply chain issues have all forced companies to focus on agility, reliability, and efficiency more than ever before. Technology is squarely at the center of those efforts.
What can your organization do in the next six months to stay competitive? These three actions will ensure that you not only keep pace with digital transformation but move forward.
- Unleash your IT teams
IT leaders have a vision for the future. More than half are making major technology decisions based primarily on their own strategic insight, and three-quarters believe their organizations’ success depends more on their performance than on any other C-suite role. 1
Their teams need the freedom to shape their organizations to meet the trends and changes they see coming on the road ahead.
That means supporting them with the most advanced technology.
As-a-service, consumption-based technology models empower IT teams to build the technology infrastructure they envision without upfront capital costs. Look for end-to-end services with solutions that move from the pocket to the edge to the data center to the cloud. With ongoing access to the most current and appropriate technology, IT teams easily address their day-to-day challenges and stay focused on innovating for the future.
- Prioritize capacity to scale
Versatility to scale should be an IT organization’s driving principle. IT leaders have to adapt quickly to changing market conditions:
- Fluid workforces with rapid employee movement and turnover
- Increasing demand for hybrid and remote work options
- Elusive consumer preferences
- A constantly evolving security threat landscape
In response, they need full control to scale their fleets up or down, manage remote technology, pivot to support new products, and stay ahead of impending threats.
Most CIOs are struggling with those tasks. More than half say they find it challenging to manage remote workers, deploy new technology, and scale the infrastructure to meet changing business needs.1
Consumption-based technology models deliver scalability in ways that traditional procurement methods can’t. Devices, infrastructure, services, and support can all be added, changed, or removed easily through a single point of contact. Organizations are always equipped with the optimal technology—no more, and no less.
- Choose a long-term technology partner
IT leaders rely on technology vendors to increase organizational agility, simplify fleet deployment and management, and optimize costs. The impact is so profound that an overwhelming 92% of CIOs believe technology vendors play an invaluable role in their companies’ overall success.1
It’s true, enterprise technology systems are only as agile as the vendor who supports them. The right long-term technology partner will:
- Recommend tailored solutions that address your organization’s unique circumstances
- Identify and support the best cadence for upgrades and expansions
- Remain engaged through configuration, deployment, service, and next-round strategic planning
- Continually share industry knowledge to keep you on the cutting edge of innovation
How do you identify a technology vendor who can deliver a reliable long-term partnership? Look for:
- Proven success in helping major organizations scale up
- A central financing/invoicing system to provide a single point of contact for account management
- A well-established as-a-service program for the versatile deployment of devices, infrastructure, and services
Organizations that work with visionary technology vendors have back up—literally and figurately. They can expect close collaboration to remove complexity, lighten the IT workload, match technology to organizational goals, and ultimately manage costs.
1 IDG, “2022 Executive Summary State of the CIO,” 2022