Your organization is only as valuable as your information technology enables it to be. And this trend shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Data is what’s fueling your pricing, your profitability, and your overall business strategy. And technology will play a critical role in influencing your future. But how?
The rapid advance of information technology has had a transformational impact on enterprises everywhere. And, through five primary trends, here’s how your future is already being shaped by these innovations:
1. Hardware Development
While the ability to generate, collect, and analyze data is credited with much of digital transformation’s impact in recent years, today’s information age wouldn’t be possible without the physical devices powering this shift.
The cost of hardware has dramatically and continuously dropped – even as its processing and data storage capacity has moved the opposite direction. For example, your organization probably manages its information on a server that used to require a six-figure mainframe computer to operate these functions just a few years ago.
As information technology grows smarter, equipment expenses are no longer the barrier they once were. Tasks like application development and hosting – once impossible for many to perform independently – can now be built and maintained in-house using a variety of low-cost, code-free tools that are widely available.
2. Data Portability
Whether you rely on traditional information technology or more advanced mobile devices like 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), data has never been easier to move and communicate that it is now. Remote data management systems are commonplace across virtually every industry – and they don’t require specialized experts to fetch and push insights from one place to another.
Automation is also becoming an essential element to drive system performance and efficiency in this context. Your technology doesn’t need human interaction to move information from one database to another – instead, intermediate steps have been largely eliminated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that performs these mundane tasks on their own.
Web-based applications have revolutionized user access to information technology. In yesterday’s world, systems providers needed dedicated phone lines and hardware to support estimated usage rates – leading to amortized costs based on your total user population.
Now, these next-gen applications offer virtually unlimited connectivity by creating instances that last seconds as employees pass their requests through a web-hosted server. This means access for anyone that needs it – whether they have a dedicated connection point or not.
In terms of cost, this means tremendous savings for your organization. These platforms are making it a marginal cost to add new user access to your existing technologies. Going forward, your business will be able to grow and expand information access precisely how, when, and where you need it thanks to intuitive software and more advanced reporting capabilities.
4. Scalable Security
Increasingly advanced attacks require flexible security solutions – and information technology is adapting to fill this demand in a variety of ways. Today’s systems are working faster than ever before, making it possible to track and analyze every user request to determine its validity in the context of data security.
More and more often, this means a single security solution is capable of enforcing protections across your entire workforce. And, just as importantly, all sensitive enterprise data can be safely stored and managed on one system with gated access for each individual role or employee.
While it may be impossible to prevent 100% of malicious activities, the alternative of implementing separate threat responses is much more potentially dangerous if things are missed. And that’s assuming the needs of each user is addressed in the first place…
5. Intelligent Design & Maintenance
Information technology development is also being turned upside-down in today’s business environment – resulting in applications that are faster and easier than ever to design, build, and maintain. New authoring tools also make it possible to seamlessly incorporate new functionalities into existing systems rather that requiring a complete overhaul.
Maintenance is also far less expensive in this advanced model because the bulk of these new innovations simply require a web browser to work. And your employees already know how to access and use these basic technologies. There’s no software to install or upgrade on individual devices, so anytime a new generation is released the application owner simply updates its system to instantly make it available to all users at once.
If there is one drawback, it’s that intelligent design and maintenance is a continuous process – and so your work is never fully finished in this area as a result. If updates and release schedules aren’t maintained, these systems rapidly become obsolete and potentially risky to use.
So, How Can You Keep Up With Information Technology?
Things in this space are changing so quickly that you only have one option to ensure future success: continuous learning. You need a training plan to not only keep pace with information technology’s current pace, but to further your career and take on the opportunities and more challenging roles tomorrow will inevitably bring.
While you undoubtedly have analytical skills and problem-solving abilities beyond the average employee, these aptitudes – like anything else – take practice and ongoing refinement to evolve. That’s why the combination of professional training and industry certifications will only become more critical to your career moving forward.
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That said, no amount of training can ultimately prepare you for every information technology scenario you’re sure to encounter. Your professional development needs to take these lessons a step further to make them real – talking through strategies and learning from your peers is the best way to turn your education into actionable performance improvement.
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