Technological advances continually improve organisational capabilities. Through IT revolutions, companies can become faster, focused, and powerfully connected to their consumers. Working with a managed IT services partner means keeping ahead of the game. Here’s what’s going on in 2019.
Like many businesses, you may be wondering about how often a company has a technology upgrade. The answer is more complex than you might think, because IT is increasingly as much of a philosophy as the practical nuts and bolts. The current evolution in organisational theory is driven by connectivity. Companies are recognising that businesses are not disconnected units, but are holistic entities that require constant information flows.
We first saw the shift when customer relationship management (CRM) was finally integrated into enterprise resource planning (ERP), formally jolting companies into awareness that customers are major stakeholders and have the power to make or break a business. Since then, nobody has looked back. 2019 is the year that organisational IT systems need to talk to each other as the embedded heart of the company.
And More Connected…
The latest IT trend is termed the ‘connected cloud’. The idea has been around for at least a decade, but it has taken trial and error to develop software capable of operating in public, private, and hybrid environments. This is part of the Internet of Things (IoT) – a term describing anything and everything connected to the internet. The principles are connectivity, information sharing, and accessibility. As an advanced form of information management, the connected cloud optimises data flows for increased speed and awareness.
Do I Need A Connected Cloud?
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise, yes. It costs less, has higher reliability, and simply makes more sense. A connected cloud allows companies to pay for what they need, resulting in a tailored, optimised service. The connected cloud brings together Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas), and Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) into a single, efficient unit. For SMEs in particular, this levels the playing field and offers pathways to increasing efficiency and communication, making it one of the latest – and most important – trends in the IT industry.
How Can Managed IT Services Help?
Managed service providers are gaining momentum in 2019 for two reasons.
- Firstly, businesses are recognising the productivity benefits of outsourcing IT responsibilities.
- Secondly, the tech itself is becoming more vital to the survival of organisations. The more crucial it becomes, the more important it is to get it right, and this is where IT that is managed by experts is particularly beneficial.
A model where professionals collaborate with several partners is cost effective, and builds a deep well of professional experience. By keeping up to date with the latest changes to IT hardware and software, managed IT services enable their partner businesses to focus on their own agendas.
If you would like to learn more about harnessing the power of the cloud, TMB can help. Our free audit service can connect you with an expert today. For more information, please call 0333 900 9050.
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