How healthy is your business?
You really need to think of your business like your body. If you don’t keep on top of things, your health suffers.
Multinational corporations and large enterprises have for years been conducting business on a global scale. These operations require a broad array of devices and software to function smoothly, and significant resources are invested to support and maintain them. That’s why they employ teams of IT experts – in data centres, hardware, networking, security, software, support, training and more.
The internet of things (IoT) is being heralded as a breakthrough technology that will be instrumental in enabling other next-generation technologies, such as AI, driverless cars and robotics. So far, much of the hype has focused on consumer items like smart TVs and fridges that can order extra milk. But it’s in business where the IoT is predicted to drive massive transformation.
When it comes to laptop and notebook computers, their greatest strength can often seem to be their most profound weakness. The very portability that makes them such useful tools for the mobile professional leaves them vulnerable to a host of catastrophes that never faced the average desktop machine.
It’s easy to calculate the cost of new hardware or software. But there’s more to a business case than these hard costs. Delaying your upgrade cycle may save on these costs in the short term, but there are other costs that may start ballooning as your fleet ages beyond its end-of-life. Some of these costs – like the cost of a security breach or reduced productivity – are hard to quantify or predict, but that doesn’t make them any less real.
It’s said that the best defence is a good offence. This is particularly true in cybersecurity, where the average cost of a security breach in Australia is more than US$100 per compromised data item, according to a 2017 Ponemon study. Considering how many data items can be at risk in the event of a breach, this could rack up quite a hefty bill.
Research and advisory firm Gartner predicts that by 2019, up to 30 per cent of new software will be cloud-only. For today's businesses, the cloud already offers clear benefits of agility, scalability, cost and innovation.