7 Top IT Priorities in 2017

IT is a constantly growing field. Whether it’s the development of new software programs or the refinement of the hardware upon which they run, the field is in a constant state of evolution. Some changes are minor, like a way to squeeze just a bit more processing speed out of your network, and some are major, like a shift to cloud computing.

Regardless of whether your company is large or small, local or multi-national, your IT department needs to stay current, nimble, and ready for change. Here are seven of the top IT priorities in 2017.

1. Cloud Infrastructure

One of the first priorities IT departments are looking into is replacing your business’ on-premise network with a cloud-based solution or infrastructure. If your company is not already operating with a cloud system, or moving towards one, trust that your IT department is already drafting a pitch for its necessity.

2. Disruptive Technology

Technological advancements, regardless of their quality or success, can be downright disruptive at times. In the IT world, this is amplified ten-fold. When it comes to disruption, be ready to hear your IT department talk about the evolution of digital platform architecture, the rise of A.I. and machine learning, and the growing internet of things. These examples of disruptive tech are going to impact your business in 2017.

3. Digital Enterprise and Going Bimodal

Many companies, in the changing business landscape, are refocusing their attention from brick-and-mortar/physical products to a larger digital focus—more software and services provided through technology. As a business restructures to embrace digital enterprise, IT departments will need to advance at a similar rate, staying innovative while holding on to their functional roots.

IT organizations will walk a balancing act at all times: they must stay agile to be innovation leaders, yet stable and disciplined enough to deliver secure, reliable services every day. To help manage this balancing act, watch for IT departments to transform to bimodal operations.

4. Security

There’s more talk of network breaches in the news than ever before. Digital security is a complicated issue and is the number-one reason IT managers are losing sleep at night. It’s impossible to stay 100-percent secure, so having effective response plans to mitigate damage when a breach to your network occurs will be on every IT professional’s mind.

5. Where Are All the Business Analysts?

IT departments from across Canada and the U.S. are having trouble filling their open IT roles. In particular, they are looking for viable candidates for business analyst positions.

IT departments’ key strategy for acquiring these essential tech skill positions will be to actively recruit and train candidates.

6. Outsourcing Services

With open positions and a need to stay nimble as innovators, many IT departments will begin to outsource some of their services, particularly infrastructure and day-to-day support of business process. They’ll begin to move to a multi-provider model allowing their best and brightest to focus on the innovation required to keep their companies competitive in digital enterprise.

7. Looking for Capable Software Providers

As IT departments shift and evolve to be the fluid, innovative departments they need to be, watch for them to reconsider old relationships with software providers that are unable to match the speed and quality of today’s IT. Providers able to adapt in the ever-changing landscape may just find business through the roof in 2017.

The year 2017 is shaping up to be a year of adaptation, growth, and restructuring for the IT field. IT professionals are seeking to solidify their place as innovation leaders while finding new solutions for their old staples.

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