5 IT Management Budget Tips You Probably Don't Want To Hear

Most enterprise IT teams are currently breathing a sigh of relief as budget rounds are completed or at least about to be. According to a Spiceworks survey, on average, 44% of enterprises (5000+ seats) say they will increase their IT budgets while 47% remain the same as last year. The better-than-last-year outlook on budgets is primarily due to an increased priority on IT projects (62%), the need to upgrade outdated infrastructure (57%), and increased security concerns (47%).

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Windows Virtual Desktop & Its Impact On Your IT Planning

On September 30th, 2019, Microsoft's Brad Anderson announced that Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft's new cloud-based desktop and app virtualization service, is now generally available worldwide. It has been in public preview since March 2019.

The promise of Windows Virtual Desktop is to "deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes" by delivering "simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments", according to the statement.

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3 Types Of Automation You Need To Be Pursuing Now

IT departments are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in application requests, largely as the result of the transition to a completely mobile workforce. However, staffing has remained relatively constant, prompting many enterprises to adopt automation as a means of deploying applications more rapidly in addition to realizing other ways for IT to benefit from automation.

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3 Tell-Tale Signs Self-Service Automation Will Improve Your End User Experience

In a world of Digital Transformation where "King Customer" rules, we can all agree that the experience a user has with a product is instrumental. In other words, today, success is about providing the best possible End User Experience (EUX).

End user experience isn't limited to an organization's customers. It also needs to include its employees and other stakeholders. Internal departments such as HR, finance, marketing, and IT need to learn to tune into and better anticipate the needs of employees as well — especially the IT department!

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Agile IT Planning & Deployments To Drive Digital Transformation

According to Gartner, Digital Transformation is one of THE hottest topics right now.

In a recent Gartner survey, 62% of CEOs said they have an initiative in place to make their organizations more “digital.” To support their customer engagement, businesses need to primarily solve three issues:

  • How to handle suddenly spiking demands and demand volatility cost-effectively,
  • How to support a much greater variety of product and services reliably, and
  • How to quickly adapt to changes in customer tastes and demands when it comes to product features and/or channel.
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How To Get Your Business Units On Board With IT Automation

The possibilities of automation are endless — and that scares many employees. And while enterprises today need to have a short- and long-term plan in place to retrain and reassign their resources whose jobs are now done through automation, IT Automation is aiming to make IT processes faster, more efficient, and ultimately more agile to provide the organizations with higher productivity, healthier and more stable IT environments, and faster turnaround times.

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6 Steps To Ensure IT Readiness To Drive Digital Transformation

In the past 12 months, pressure to drive Digital Transformation has reached a new milestone. Alongside with growth, becoming a digital business is now one of the top priorities for CIOs. In fact, our clients and prospects are telling us that one of the biggest concerns right now is figuring out how to increase business agility and drive Digital Transformation to create a sustainable, long-term competitive advantage.

This means companies must figure out how to increase the number, scope, and variety of digital transactions while boosting their ability to react to today's fast changing customer demands. And time is ticking: 33% of organizations already claim they have reached digital scale (significantly more compared to the 17% in 2018), according to Gartner's CIO's Agenda 2019 Report.

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10 Questions To Ask Before Starting Any IT Automation Project

Do you rely on a series of repetitive, tedious, and labor-intensive tasks that could easily be automated? Do you need to figure out how to free up resources to drive innovation and Digital Transformation? Are you trying to dig yourself out from under a mountain of compounding IT debt? Or are you moving to an Evergreen IT management approach to increase your organizational agility? Are you trying to figure out how to continuously update your IT landscape?

Whatever your reasons are for starting to implement a new IT automation project, there are a few questions that you should always ask ahead of time to ensure you design it as efficiently as possible — and to avoid going back repeatedly to re-engineer it and patch it up. Here are the ten questions we find the most useful to ask when implementing our IT automation solutions for our clients:

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IT Executives: 5 Ways To Boost Your IT Team's Productivity Today

Productivity is often overlooked as a metric when measuring the performance of your IT team. While it may not be as measurable as other key performance indicators (KPIs), the productivity of your IT team is a significant factor in your bottom line.

There is a simple reason for that: IT teams are overwhelmed — facing several challenges concurrently, i.e.,

  • Keeping up with the daily onslaught of IT tickets 
  • Updating LOB software
  • Hardware refresh
  • Migrating to a new OS/Server
  • Following a mandate from above to drive Digital Transformation and innovation

While your IT team is doing their best, they often have to get more work done with fewer hands — leaving the only option is to increase productivity. Alternatively, it's only a matter of time until you are facing anything from end user slowdowns/breakdowns to company-wide epidemics because your infrastructure is vulnerable to data breaches, malware attacks, and more.  

Regardless of what your IT team is going through, the need for increasing their productivity is high. Here are five easy ways to increase productivity today:

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Culture: The Single Biggest Roadblock on Your Way to Digital Transformation

Last week, we talked about how the role of the CIO is changing in pursuit of Digital Transformation and with it the key performance indicators to measure their effectiveness and contributions to the company's bottom line. But this tectonic shift isn't happening in a vacuum — it requires an organizational change, or culture shift, to be successful. 

If this is something new to you, you aren't alone. At the recent Gartner Symposium 2018, many attendees were surprised to hear that a non-traditional technology topic was given top billing in several of the messages: the importance of corporate culture!

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