IT solutions must be in line with the direction of the firm
April 03, 2013
Making the investment in construction reporting tools is a good idea for many firms. But before finalizing any critical IT decisions, it is important for executives to get together and make sure selections align with the goals and aspirations of the company. One way to debilitate the IT budget at a construction firm is to pour funds into new technology that won't be cost efficient to the entire company.
The problem continues to grow
The economy is making it even more crucial that companies are able maximize their funds. However, recent research from datacenter solutions provider Kovarus showed just 38 percent of IT professionals said the investment decisions made at their firm are based on true alignment and value to the business. Without thinking about how new technology and processes could influence the company, construction firms could be wasting money that could be spent in other ways to improve the enterprise.
"Our research shows a clear need for a back-to-basics approach to transforming IT," said Andy Lewis, chief information officer of Kovarus. "It is critical to first understand where you are now and how you can adapt what you have before you can effectively adopt and integrate new technology innovations. By starting with these basics, you can better align your IT decision-making to increase efficiency, reduce risk and prepare for the transformation needed for future waves of change."
Streamlined IT solutions merit better results
Technology vendors will create their suite of products and services to be used together to help firms accomplish higher levels of efficiency and productivity. While offerings from other companies may be able to work in congruence, it isn't beneficial to use all sorts of different technology. The survey revealed 44 percent of respondents said the business has a "mish mash" of technology solutions in their data centers.
When deciding on what IT solutions to purchase, an article for for CompuerWeekly talked about how its imperative to research technology that will allow the company to see a higher return on investment. Terry White, research director of CXO, an IT advisory and consulting group, told the source that focusing on utility will make it easier to see what solutions will be most cost efficient. Nonetheless, the investments made by the company need to be aligned with the business strategy..