When COVID-19 sped across the globe, terrorizing public health and the economy in one sweeping gesture, enterprise IT raced to make accommodations so that remote workers could have the network connectivity and access to resources necessary for business continuity. Today, still in the midst of the pandemic, IT is looking at how to build a technology stack that holds up for the future.
The initial push of extending business assets and connectivity was done with intensity and speed, grasping opportunities to implement solutions that prioritized some aspects of digital transformation that would help businesses keep moving. Now, enterprise IT is forced to reckon with a bit of innovation fatigue while shifting back to strategies that prepare their organizations with a long-term approach.
Here are three areas that a technology stack built for the future must encompass:
Streamlining and Cloud-First Digital Transformation: While cloud adoption used to come with a mashup of legacy systems, enterprises are increasingly resorting to eliminating legacy solutions in favor of those that allow for the greatest agility and flexibility. Giving remote teams access means letting go of in-house solutions in an acceleration of transformation plans.
Investing in cloud solutions also allows enterprises to pursue expanded opportunities for revenue and cost savings that are not possible with an in-house, legacy solution.
More Collaboration: Just as enterprises are pushing toward better collaboration tools in their technology acquisition, the same trend is playing out in broader terms across organizations. Line-of-business managers and IT are increasingly collaborating to determine the path forward for technology investments. The customer experience is critical, and a marketing executive is going to work closely with IT to ensure business objectives supporting that experience can be met through technology.
This collaboration helps IT teams as they develop clear policies around cloud solutions, removing the risk of shadow IT and other problems that can complicate cloud adoption.
Security: Chaotic circumstances that encompassed many IT teams in spring 2020 required quick adaptations. This often meant an employee utilizing systems through a device shared by the employee’s children or accessing a network with little-to-no security measures in place. Hackers recognized an opportunity and used it as a way to target businesses that were hurrying to connect employees with security concerns pushed aside as a necessity to keep things moving.
Now the technology stack must prioritize ways to mitigate these new vulnerabilities. Enterprises will be evaluating whether remote teams will continue to be a part of their work culture, and they must determine how to invest in solutions that provide the best protection for their networks and systems.If your enterprise is trying to move from innovation fatigue to a more future-proof technology stack, contact us at Access Tech. We can help you evaluate your needs and begin to narrow down the best solutions for your digital transformation strategy.