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3 Ways to Demonstrate IT’s Value in the Budgeting Process

By |2019-10-15T18:29:12+00:00October 15th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning|

With most organizations now in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year, the time has come to get serious about budget planning for 2020. As usual, the process is likely to be challenging for IT managers. Historically, most organizations set aside a percentage of revenue and expect IT to keep spending within that range. According [...]

Effective Planning Is Key to Keeping IT Projects on Track

By |2019-07-03T15:26:34+00:00July 2nd, 2019|IT budgeting and planning, Uncategorized|

Launching an IT project without a well-developed project plan is like traveling to a strange city without a map — there’s a good chance you’ll get lost, wandering around aimlessly and potentially winding up in a dangerous predicament. As the old saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. The Project Management Institute (PMI) [...]

The Cloud Cost Conundrum: Why It’s a Problem and How to Fix It

By |2019-06-18T17:18:04+00:00June 18th, 2019|Cloud computing, IT budgeting and planning|

The business case for the cloud has moved well beyond cost savings. Organizations are proceeding with multi-cloud deployments to ensure that each workload and application is in the optimal environment. They’re focusing on making their teams more productive and the organization as a whole more agile. They’re using the cloud to take advantage of artificial [...]

How to Get Executive Support Behind Cybersecurity

By |2019-06-12T03:25:34+00:00June 12th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, Security|

In a recent study conducted by MSI-ACI Europe, 61 percent of IT professionals said senior executives expect more lenient security policies for themselves than everyone else. For 65 percent of study participants, that leniency resulted in more data breaches. The obvious question is, shouldn’t it be the other way around? Given the increasingly perilous threat [...]

Fewer Vendors, Fewer Headaches: The Value of IT Vendor Consolidation

By |2019-05-30T12:20:04+00:00May 30th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management|

In a previous post, we discussed how IT standardization simplifies your IT environment, making it easier to manage, secure and monitor. Less variety also means less risk of performance issues and more predictable budgeting. IT standardization is often needed after years of one-off configurations and adding new tools, applications and services. Similarly, trying to keep up [...]

Why Standardization Is Critical to Effective IT Operations and Security

By |2019-05-14T20:40:20+00:00May 14th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, IT Services, Security|

When you’re constantly scrambling to keep the lights on and serve customers, it can seem expedient to make a user happy by changing a configuration, installing a new application, or adding a new device or service that the user requested. This may put out the fire of the moment, but it can also make your [...]

A Lack of Available PCs Could Slow the Process of Upgrading to Windows 10

By |2019-03-19T17:34:33+00:00March 19th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, Security, SMB Strategies|

As we discussed in a previous post, the clock is ticking on Windows 7. The old reliable operating system that provided relief during the Windows 8 debacle will be unsupported after January 14, 2020. You can accept the risk, pay through the nose for Extended Security Updates, or migrate to a new operating system. Migrating [...]

How to Develop a Value-Driven IT Budget

By |2018-10-09T21:26:34+00:00October 9th, 2018|IT budgeting and planning|

In the not-too-distant past, technology was considered a luxury, often reserved for a select few business functions and senior executives. Today, technology has become critical to business operations. In fact, many organizations can’t function if technology fails. Beyond day-to-day business functions, the services provided and capabilities enabled by technology create competitive advantages and revenue streams. [...]

Why a Rigorous Approach to IT Is Critical to Your Operations

By |2018-09-26T16:02:39+00:00September 26th, 2018|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, Managed Services, Security|

In the mainframe era, computer systems were housed in a specialized room and closely tended by IT professionals — a tightly controlled setting known as a “glass house.” Today, IT equipment is often housed in any available space and managed as time permits or issues as arise. Few organizations have the IT operational rigor of [...]

Why Business Acumen Is as Important as IT Skills

By |2018-06-04T20:26:08+00:00June 4th, 2018|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, SMB Strategies|

Information technology has historically played a supporting role in most organizations. IT systems and applications help to automate and streamline workflows and provide employees with the information they need to make decisions and serve customers. In this traditional model, technology is vital to operations but not necessarily core to business strategy. That’s changing rapidly. Smart [...]