5 Steps to Efficiency for Tech Leaders
By John Ragsdale and Lance Wiseman
Being in the cloud has proven to be a critical tool in improving technical infrastructure and data management. Curious why cloud availability matters? We’ve got that covered here. If your core business processes have become increasingly inefficient, we outlined 5 steps to make your technical systems work better for you in IT, HR, and throughout your company.
1. Assess your infrastructure.
Are your business systems able to keep up with customer demand for your products or solutions? If you haven’t assessed your system performance for optimal speed, this is a critical step in gaining efficiencies that can accelerate revenue and improve customer satisfaction. For example, Gearbox Software develops interactive video game entertainment for multiple platforms. The engineering team quickly realized their technology system needed an upgrade.
Their implementation of a cloud-based computing solution, vArida, enabled engineers to accelerate the speed to market of games and significantly improve their data transfer times with unlimited egress. Through the cloud, they gained additional compute for their build infrastructure, improved the build process, and transferred files without costly limitations. A transition to the cloud can free up budget space and increase output, and in this instance, outperformed legacy technology.
2. Connect your business systems.
Now that your technical infrastructure has been assessed and remedied, connecting core business systems will eliminate manual efforts associated with managing data across your enterprise. System interoperability is a major roadblock in information sharing. Big systems are often siloed and you may have experienced extended wait times on upgrades or product roadmap enhancements.
A third-party system integrator is a time and budget-saving solution to connect technology applications and exchange data automatically. Consider information like employee demographics that might be stored in multiple systems. This was the case for a leading provider of integrated pipeline solutions across the oil, gas, and energy industries. Operating out of their Vista Point of Sale System (POS) and their Paycor HR software caused manual efforts and spreadsheets to keep track of employee changes.
Cloud-based integrations for their core business systems were a quick and effective way to eliminate duplicate data entries and manual work. When processes are automated, there is an immediate ROI in time and efficiency savings.
3. Track company performance with real-time analytics.
Financial and other business information that is siloed or pieced together from multiple reports isn’t always accurate. Analytics that span your technical and business enterprise can give a much clearer picture with insight into labor costs and financial performance.
Combining company data from various sources and presenting executive dashboards is easy to do when your technology does the heavy lifting. Companies that achieve real-time access to employee hours and estimated costs can pivot business operations quickly with a clear, concise, and accurate lens into the enterprise.
4. Prepare for sudden growth.
Mergers and acquisitions are a strategic growth model that can leave technology and HR leaders tasked with solving complex data migration challenges. Oftentimes new systems and data coming into the enterprise need to be assessed and reformatted. Integration can become nearly impossible without the proper tools and technology foundation to connect core business systems. A successful strategy includes scalable and repeatable cloud-based integrations that can prepare your company for M&A partnerships.
5. Get the right support.
Does your current technical support provide 24/7, high-quality resources and technical expertise? Poor response times can result in a significant amount of financial and productivity loss.
Consider a third party for your technical support needs, and one that provides ongoing support for all solutions will be most efficient. A partner that is rooted in solving your unique business problems will fuel your success.
Technical challenges can easily be overcome with the right IT strategy enabling the process. We are confident these 5 steps will help you achieve maximum productivity and technical efficiencies.
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About the Authors
John Ragsdale, TAP Innovations Founder CEO
For 25 years John has provided technical leadership, vision, and strategic planning, to help organizations deliver large-scale project solutions. This vast experience in cost and data management for diverse departmental and organizational needs drove John to create TAP Innovations so anyone can benefit from better data management for staff, customers, and partners. Follow John on social media for industry news and business updates! @JohnOnIT
Lance Wiseman, SVP Sales & Marketing Viyu Network Solutions
Lance delivers solutions that address the constantly changing challenges of the modern IT market. From product sales strategies to management of strategic partnerships and thorough market research, Lance provides leadership that defines Viyu’s unique value proposition to customers. His 21 years of experience in the IT industry gives Lance a skilled perspective on our customers’ needs and wants. Follow Lance on LinkedIn for industry news and information.