With strong IT strategic development, business owners and executives know that IT personnel are supporting their company’s needs. The hardware and software, the organization of the IT set-up, and the policies governing cyber practices should all align with what’s best for the company’s growth and goals.
However, what happens when there’s a tension between two competing needs?
A recent article from Business Cloud News discusses a survey by Dell showing that many IT decision makers are too worried about security risks to expand on opportunities for employee mobility.
Having a more mobile workforce can significantly boost productivity and allow for smoother and more flexible collaboration between employees and business partners. Employees also respond favorably to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, which allows them to carry out work tasks on a variety of computing devices.
However, as the Dell survey shows, the benefits of a mobile workforce are clashing with concerns over compromised cyber security. Some of the worries stem from a lack of confidence in public cloud programs and their security. IT decision makers also aren’t sure about what policies will best protect company data across a variety of devices. Furthermore, only 25% of those surveyed felt that their company’s senior executives know enough about IT security issues to make educated decisions; and only 25% of respondents said that executives have laid out an adequate budget for data security.
Some of these problems stem from a lack of understanding and communication between senior executives and IT personnel; without such an understanding, a company’s IT policies will likely not align with its broader goals. Companies also struggle to find a balance between productivity and security, all while working within the constraints of an IT budget.
With strong IT strategic development, companies can address these issues in a more clear and comprehensive way, helping both IT personnel and senior executives work together to make well-considered decisions that serve business objectives. Don’t hesitate to contact us to further discuss these issues. Our aim is to support your business goals through thoughtful, cost-effective IT decisions.