03 Oct 3 Components in Finding the IT Balance: Business Growth and Technology Management
An informational technology employee or contractor is hired to oversee and manage the technology of your business. This specialized area is critical, but may not be well understood, except by the individual in that field. A lot of business leaders are experts in their industry, and depend on the IT specialist to make the technology side of their business flow smoothly. The leader can see the outcome they desire, but not the intricate considerations the IT specialist must go through. Here are the basic considerations that your IT specialist will weigh before finalizing a technology project.
- Budget. Technology is often the silent partner of a successful business. It works best when operating quietly, in the background. Although, when it is not so efficient, all business operations could completely cease. The IT specialist is aware of this conundrum and always strives for consistency in operation. When determining what equipment to invest in, there are often budget constraints. The most reliable, expandable, and consistent equipment may be priced out of the options. Likewise, lack of sufficient equipment will ensure that productivity is diminished. This balance is found with a technology plan. More budget conscious investments are made upfront, aware that they will need to be replaced more quickly. The technology plan will set a projected budget for equipment replacement and advancement. This would allow the technology to grow and evolve with the needs of the business.
- Remote access. One of the greatest advantages of technology is having information immediately, when you need it. Specific business information and customer details were once limited to access only when at the office. Remote access has made it possible to have this information from your smartphone or tablet. IT specialists can aid in outlining what information should be accessible, and the best way for it to be accessed. This consideration is often only limited by the level of security required.
- Security. Protection of the business intellectual property and passwords, maintaining software and anti-virus updates, managing lost and/or stolen equipment, and granting remote access can be contradictory to security. For example, by allowing someone remote access may loosen the protection to intellectual property. The greatest challenge to an IT specialist is to limit the business risk while still maximizing data access and efficiency. This field changes daily and can be difficult to keep up with. Challenge your IT specialist to stay engrained in the industry updates, and work closely with them to continually update your business IT system.
The span between business goals and technology needs may seem worlds apart. But understanding the considerations of the IT struggle will assist in improving communication and enhance collaboration.