With Halloween quickly approaching, IT leaders are feeling spooked as they contemplate the most terrifying IT scenarios.
According to ServiceNow’s Yoav Boaz via Forbes, here are the best ways to put your IT nightmares to bed.
Nightmare #1: Frankenstein Architecture
When COVID hit, CIOs had to ensure that security was upgraded to support remote working. Additionally, business applications needed to be developed, adopted, and upgraded. This led to the realization of how outdated the critical integrations of their tier-one applications were – most were manually exported and imported.
Their Frankensteined architecture was truly monstrous. Modernizing your systems and moving them to the cloud will help tame the beast.
Nightmare #2: Skeletons in the Technology Closet
In a scenario where you need to quickly upgrade your systems before they go out of compliance at the end of the year, the last thing you want is to open up your technology closet and find years of hidden skeletons.
Three different databases, four programming languages, multiple data models, and two different public cloud providers. Did I mention that most of the code is running in on-prem data centers?
Moving to a single digital platform that will allow you to oversee and manage your data is the most effective way to get these skeletons out of your closet.
Nightmare #3: Werewolves at Your Door
When it comes to cybersecurity, there are werewolves lurking around every corner.
Before you find yourself in this scary scenario, protect your organization by taking simple steps like multi-factor authentication, encrypting your data, and training employees to be vigilant in regards to phishing.
Nightmare #4: Vampire Culture
To keep your organization productive, you’ll need to implement a hybrid approach to business agility. Aligning smaller units of work to business outcomes, with less time spent on planning, will help drastically. When small teams of experts perform the work, which the company measures for value creation, the culture becomes more invested in achieving actual results – putting a sword in the heart of sluggish IT bureaucracy.
Nightmare #5: Zoom-bies
Working from home has caused a lot of employees to experience virtual fatigue. In addition, there are many distractions that come along with working from home.
In these times, it’s important to lead with empathy. Encourage your team to prioritize their own well being and listen to their needs.