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INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY


Embedding IT within your business


By Peter Storer (pictured), Managing Director at Green Giant Consulting


Virtually all companies now utilise and heavily rely on IT. Unfortunately, many continue to follow the outdated protocol of running their IT infrastructure as a separate entity. In today’s climate, it simply has to be embedded within the company’s DNA.


THE CHANGING FACE OF IT IN BUSINESS Once upon a time (OK, 20 years ago), the use of computers in most organisations was limited to internal matters. Computers were used to make spreadsheets, log interactions, manage internal emails, and calculate figures relating to money, stock, and other features. Nowadays, IT is used for so much more. In addition to internal comms, IT is a gateway to client interactions. It


can be used to automate processes and equipment while managing remote-based teams. When implemented correctly, it can transform virtually every aspect of the operation to increase the efficiency of time and money while additionally promoting increased security and the removal of human errors. Thanks to this evolution of dependence, it’s only logical that it requires a modern strategy.


THE BENEFITS OF EMBEDDING IT INTO YOUR BUSINESS Embedding your IT into the operation is a far smarter solution. It revolves around incorporating various technologies, software, and strategies into each aspect of the company to achieve a more organic approach to IT. This produces far better results than outdated methods of providing IT as a separate service.


By embedding IT into the business, you can reap many rewards including, but not limited to: • Tailored to the objectives and vision of your business • A more efficient approach for the individual departments • Greater automation and communication between departments • Organic scalability that will automatically grow alongside the business • Any issues with IT used by a specific department will be localised.


HOW TO EMBED IT INTO THE BUSINESS No two businesses are identical, which is why it’s crucial to find a personalised winning formula for your organisation. There are many steps that can be taken to make IT an organic part of your business.


Some of the most effective options include: • Incorporating cloud facilities such as SaaS and PaaS services • Using digital communications between onsite and offsite facilities and employees


• Exploring the concepts of augmented and virtual reality • Centralising core data to make better informed business decisions • Utilising tech devices that interact with one another through Bluetooth and wireless connections


• Investing in staff training so all employees can utilise the technologies


It can sound daunting, but the operations should run smoothly once the initial installations are made.


business network December 2019/January 2020 93


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