Is your business’s network management staying on pace with those changes or falling behind?
The antiquated main IT focus on hardware setup and troubleshooting has morphed to include tasks related to cloud services and more.
Since sound network management is directly linked to effective internal communications and business success, here’s how to ensure yours is staged for success now and in the future:
Consider Information Security
Your top concern regarding the rapidly changing technological landscape must be the security of your company’s information.
Hackers are a dime-a-dozen and information can be compromised on many fronts.
Work with your network management team to pinpoint holes in information security and take rapid action on any concerns that are voiced by the team.
Assess Company Technology Policies
Whether on a work computer, a personal smartphone or another device, employees can now access thousands of apps and software programs with ease.
This shift in available technology has softened the edges of once-strict company technology policies.
Workers who once feared the wrath of their IT department after downloading software without permission now don’t see the problem of installing an app for the transfer of company photography or of using an online spreadsheet program for the input of company data.
Before the use of such software at your company gets out of hand and possibly compromises the business’s security, take a hard look at your technology policy.
Assess whether the policy addresses the latest evolution in smartphone apps and other technologies and work with your network management team to revise the policy as needed.
Look to the Future Workspace
Employees who sit at desks in the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day are quickly becoming the exception rather than the norm.
Flex and telecommuting policies are changing the way people work.
This workspace revolution is also changing the standards tasks that are associated with network management.
Just a few of the issues to consider regarding your company’s future workspace include how to deal with employees working from their private computers, how cloud services will change the way you do business and more.
Rather than ignoring these impending changes, face them head on to keep your network management one step ahead of the game.
If you are asking the question as the article, “Are you ready for the next generation of network management?” looks at, take an overview of your current workforce and consider the answer to that question.
If your company has an in-house IT department, consider the best professionals to hire into the department who can help lead your network into the next generation.
If your network management is outsourced, take a close look at how it’s being managed and if changes are needed.
By placing your network management into the hands of innovators, you can rest easier knowing it will stay in step with the future of business technologies.
Is your business ready for the next generation of network management?
Answer that question with confidence by considering the security of your company’s sensitive information, by assessing the business’s technology policies and more.
By taking action on the network’s weak spots now, you can keep pace with future changes in the technological landscape.
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About the Author: Shayla Ebsen is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience both in the corporate and freelance settings.