Monday, 2 May 2016

The Problem with Reactive IT Processes

Reactive approaches to data threats neglect the need for active risk management. When companies fail to plan adequately, issues that should have been avoided will arise later. If organizations don’t account for core business objectives when designing their digital strategy, they usually find themselves scrambling to retrofit their design after implementation. 
Align IT with Business ITSupport Calgary The greatest challenges that many organizations face in regard to digital strategy are how they should be aligned with short and long term business goals. IT-intensive organizations should understand their business objectives if they hope to determine which tech solutions are appropriate. Short of this, they may end up blindly treating the symptoms and neglect the cause. Problems will re-emerge, perpetuating a reactive IT culture rather than a proactive solution.Companies need to examine the requirements of their digital strategy and consider the following:

·         What are our business challenges?
·         What is our business attempting to accomplish?
·         What areas of risk and exposure exist?
·         Does our tech infrastructure satisfy our strategic vision?

Using the right data classifications will help with information life-cycle management. It will save data center resources, boost performance, utilization, reduce costs, and overhead. 

Avoiding the Quick Fix Mindset
It can be frustrating to get sidetracked from your long-term strategic goals by the need to continuously patch problems resulting from a reactive IT culture.
 Issues that IT deals with on a constant basis can be alleviated by using a proactive approach. Anticipating possible problems by creating a tech management strategy will help reduce the chances of individual problems catching you off guard. At the same time, your tech management strategy will help establish a proactive process for dealing with all future issues. The failure to plan will eventually result in the ongoing unplanned expenditure of time and money just to stave off simple repetitive problems.
Another issue that will often stem from relying on a reactive approach awaits all ill-prepared IT departments. It is one that can place an organization in the uncomfortable position of having to react quickly, allowing technologies that have yet to be properly tested to go into mainline use.
 The risk of applying cutting edge quick fixes is that they will frequently require training and practice before your staff becomes competent using them. While new gadgets may solve your immediate problem, they will also usually introduce a number unforeseen complications in both the long and short term.
It is best to take the time to fully address the issues before they outgrow your ability to cope with them. It’s advisable to stop and perform an across-the-board assessment of all the possible solutions before patching the problem with new and untested technologies.
Risk Management is Everything
In times of economic uncertainty, the importance of managing risk is at its peak. It can be much more difficult to bounce back from unexpected losses, or a major business interruption. What's more, the typical price of avoiding threats like these is significantly less than the cost of recovery.
An essential part of this kind of planning is in recognizing that your company’s risk-preparedness has to match up to your projected recovery objectives– otherwise you risk a major gap in business continuity- which could lead added costs, spent resources and damage to your reputation. 
IT Consulting Calgary can Help
IT Consulting Calgary can help you to create an information security/business continuity and disaster recovery plan that is geared toward recovery, compliance, and audibility, as well as partner assurance. We apply strict industry standards and progressive frameworks that will help to assess how healthy your company’s risk profile is right now, plot where it needs to progress tomorrow and discover the correct steps to get there today.