7 common IT challenges
As an ICT professional, you constantly deal with change. It is a consistent trait of our profession. The rapid digitisation of business creates even more challenges. You can either consider these challenges a problem or an opportunity.
At Rank1 we prefer to look at these challenges as opportunities. We can optimally use technology to streamline your IT so that you can conduct your business creatively and effectively.
Complex and disorganized infrastructure
You think your traditional way of maintaining your IT environment is more efficient and manageable, right? You prefer to keep all data segments and software modules in their own silos. You think this way you are much more in control.
But over a period, as your business expands and evolves, your entire on-premises IT infrastructure turns into a mishmash of complications and inconsistencies.
Add to this your security concerns. Your VPN connections are skyrocketing. Different departments cannot share data and intelligence for strategizing. The internal disorganization also begins to spill over your external IT solutions (shadow IT). You want to employ fresh IT resources, but things are too complicated to be overhauled. You have no idea where to plug the hole when your business is at the risk of being exposed to threats due to lack of knowledge and data leaks and other unforeseen security problems.
You cannot get rid of the old legacy environment without putting your operations in jeopardy and you cannot adopt latest technology for the same reasons. In such cases, strategic changes can be implemented to merge the traditional with the cutting-edge and then carry out the transition without affecting your operations and losing data integrity. You don’t always need an overhaul. Even small changes can make big differences.
Are you still using outdated and insufficient technologies that are holding your operational capabilities back? Is there a big technological gap between your ICT environment and expectations of your suppliers and customers/clients?
Of course, as an IT manager or a CIO, you are not totally in the dark and you realize the limited capacity of your infrastructure. Doubts are constantly being cast on how you can support the enterprise with your current team, infrastructure and budget. Even the efficiency of the business-critical processes is being questioned.
Your consumers want real-time insights into delivery dates and stock availability. Reliable documentation is needed. The market is just moving in its usually fast speed. Competitors are offering new options and new players are entering the market with modern solutions. Technologies are moving fast and thoughts of disruption give you sleepless nights.
At such junctures you should be able to depend on a solid partnership like ours to solve not just your contemporary problems, but also future ICT challenges. We can provide you seamless customization and streamlining with minimum disruption in your ongoing operations.
Protection against hackers, cyber-attacks and other threats
Cyber-attacks, data breaches and hacking incidents can wreak havoc with your business plans. They can bring your entire IT infrastructure to a standstill and even trigger lawsuits. You need protection against them.
Even if yet you haven’t fallen prey to a severe hacking attack or so far you have been able to thwart such attempts, the prospect of being the subject of a major cyber-attack always remains real. Even the biggest corporations and organizations in the country have had to face devastating consequences for not taking their cybersecurity seriously enough.
Data theft, ransomware attacks, spyware and malware, viruses and worms, phishing attacks via email and data breaches are very common nowadays. Even if they seem insignificant, they can be a big drain on your resources. A simple inadvertent click by one of your employees can bring your entire organization to its knees.
Do you want to wait till irreparable damage is caused? Certainly not. Prevention is always better than cure, and also far less expensive. You must invest in a strategy that can save you from almost all cyber-attacks.
We can help you formulate and put in place an impermeable cybersecurity policy that can provide your organization is 360° protection.
Optimizing your IT systems for maximum efficiency and scalability
Your IT systems are not designed for exceptional, peak performance? Are they costing you unnecessarily huge amounts of money just because user and data capacities are not coordinated?
Running servers and IT infrastructure can be a costly affair. Storage costs money, and so does memory. There was a time when you could let your data centres run quietly on overdrive but not anymore. Not just the actual IT infrastructure, even housing and space are in limited quantity, and so is energy, especially when it comes to keeping your hardware cool. You must have a responsible eco-policy.
You are constantly struggling with the question: "How to achieve operational excellence in your organization?"
It is often difficult to consolidate, but a great amount of effort and money can be saved by using smart and automatic management solutions. Many companies need to deal with seasonal situations when demands for your servers may peak. Sometimes these moments cannot be predicted but you want your servers to be easily scalable to complement the peak activity. This can be done through optimization and streamlining.
Cloud, or not to cloud
The decision to migrate your entire IT infrastructure to the Cloud is a decision fraught with unpredictable outcomes and sometimes even unforeseen challenges.
Using the Cloud environment may seem avant-garde in the realms of IT, but you need to proceed with care.
Can you migrate to the Cloud without causing interruptions in your operations, especially when diverse departments are concerned?
You also need to consider the scaling issue. How much cloud space do you need? How much bandwidth? The number of users? Can you easily scale as your requirement increases?
Our experts can provide you all these answers, and much more, to make your transition smooth and stress-free.
IT-landscape & Architecture
IT plays a central role in almost all processes of your company. You need a sounding board where you can exchange ideas with independent experts and evaluate their feasibility.
The ICT department no longer provides just functional support. It also provides guidance on how to optimally use resources and scale infrastructure for the growing needs of your business. Different business departments use both internal and external systems and these departments may have their own specialists and power users for various tasks. It is not an easy achievement to map the resources with the needs of individual users. The users may have countless questions.
In larger companies, it is the enterprise architects who design and optimize the entire ICT ecosystem and integrate standalone silos. In the case of an SMB this may happen at a small scale, but the CTO more or less faces the same problems.
You also wonder whether you have taken into consideration all the needs and all the aspects in your analysis. How are you handling the rapidly changing revolution?
Our experts can help you put together the pieces of the puzzle.
Bringing in-house expertise
Is there a knowledge gap among your employees? They haven’t been keeping up with the latest technologies in the market? There is a pressing need for some new expertise but are you unable to find it?
You want to roll out some new projects, but they are being delayed because your employees do not have the necessary skills. This is causing workplace stress. It is also increasing your operational costs. With time, the gap increases if you do not take any proactive action. But which action?
Eager to bring in well-trained employees but at the same time, you also want to keep your own team on track? You want an upgraded team that is well acquainted with the evolving market: new solutions, hardware developments, management software, coding methods and best practices.
In such case scenarios, it is best to augment the capabilities of your existing team by bringing in consultants that have greater hands-on experience in solving problems you currently have.
Our team members can seamlessly gel with your existing team and give their best while working under your existing work culture.