The Changing IT Landscape
Take a look around your current workplace environment. Chances are there is some sort of technology within arms reach. Technology has become a vital part of our lifestyles and our job requirements. The increase in technological tools and processes within the workplace has raised the IT department from back office maintenance to front-line strategy within the C-Suite.
The innovative IT leader is now an essential part of any organization, as they drive their organization forward with more efficient processes and implement new, robust tools for organizational success. The unique skill sets of these leaders allows organizations to continuously advance in the changing IT landscape.
What Modern IT Leaders Are Facing
IT, just like any other department, has their own set of complications that they face while striving to achieve organizational goals. Last year, Forbes published a list of trends contributing to the digital transformation that could create challenges for IT in 2017 . Some of the top trends discussed included:
Constant Change & Rapid Innovation
IT leaders must anticipate an evolving business environment and embrace it with rapid innovation. Unfortunately, many Health and Human Service organizations face strict budget and resource constraints, which could lead to the use of old, outdated technology and undertrained staff. Being on the lookout for the latest digital trends is a great way to stay ahead of the curve.
Big Data Analytics
Regardless of where the data arises from, it’s important to remember how essential of a role it plays in organizational growth. Most IT departments do not have the necessary tools in place to properly analyze the incoming data, which prevents them from strategic planning. As the role of the CIO continues to evolve into a leadership position, it’s important to have workforce analytic tools that transform IT into a decision-support resource.
Removal of Silos
It’s important to acknowledge that silos exist and continue to cause challenges throughout all departments. With that said, it's important to push for the ultimate removal of these silos. IT departments need to be able to share valuable information throughout the organization with minimal roadblocks along the way. Additionally, there is significant information that other departments, such as HR, Finance, and Marketing, have access to that should be easily accessible by IT.
What IT Needs
With the need for better integration within the organization, it’s important that IT has the necessary tools in place to help organizations adapt to the changes that come with the changing IT landscape. Having a cloud-based system can free up IT staff from managing complex and cumbersome equipment and enable them to focus more strategically on how to use technology to solve organizational problems.
In this day and age, an organization cannot prosper without an adequate, functional IT department. Regardless of the industry, from now on organizations will need IT professionals suitable to perform all data-oriented tasks that will continuously help them grow and prosper. Don't be left behind as IT continues to change and increase its role in organizations in all industries. Make the necessary changes and adjustments today to make for a more innovative tomorrow.