Congratulations, you’ve made it over a full month into 2017! Maybe a lot of your professional and personal resolutions have already flown out the window and you need to get back on track? Or maybe you didn’t make any resolutions at all? No problem! We put together a list that will help add a little structure to your strategy. And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what better time to light a fire beneath the goals of your IT organization?
Check out a few things below that every successful IT professional should resolve to do:
Get Rid of Dead Weight
Leftover projects, leftover reports, unfinished scripts, you name it, there’s a lot of leftover stuff and micro-projects laying around. Make a rule, if you can’t fix something in three business days, it’s a new project or it’s in the trash.
Increase Metrics Throughout Your Operations
Does your build time for a new system take two days? What if there was a way to cut that down? Does your patching require a 12-hour outage? Are backups taking all weekend long to run? You can bet there are ways to improve all of these things, whether it requires new technology, improved processes, a scripting effort, or anything else. Take the time to identify ways you can improve simple metrics that affect the entire environment. Build relationships with partners you can trust to help evaluate and ultimately run your infrastructure to free you up to amplify your impact on your organization.
Set Three Goals and Get Moving
Find a way to get budget for tools to keep your organization agile. Inspire your team through a homegrown tech competition. Audit systems that are deprecated and get rid of them. Whatever your goals are, prioritize them right now, take a day to get everything plotted out (with deadlines) and then go to work. Struggling with how to plot your goals? Try the SMART methodology. Start by targeting your three areas for improvement, deciding how to quantifiably Measure your progress, Assigning the responsible parties, setting Realistic results based on what resources you have, and determining the Timeframe in which you’ll achieve it.
Clarify the Role of IT in Your Company
IT can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Take the time to build a list of what your areas of focus are, share it with senior leadership/managers, and set clear values for the year ahead. And if you want to go even one step further, define which IT functions (like running your applications, you website, or your email and collaboration platforms) you can outsource to a trusted managed service provider so that your team can focus on supporting the actual business goals of your company. As an example, is your team in charge of getting your infrastructure compliant with PCI or HIPAA requirements? Then you are way better off working with a company that knows how to help you get compliant, and host your infrastructure in a compliant and secure manner.
Be the Master of Your Domain
Eliminate unknowns, close your knowledge gaps, and know your systems from top to bottom. If you lost power in your house, you could navigate your way to your utility drawer, a flashlight, or the garage. Your workplace is your virtual home away from home, you should know it just as well. Take the time to map out your knowledge, identify the things you have to research, and fit this discovery into your schedule. And if you simply can’t fit this into your schedule, rely on a trusted managed service provider that can deliver a free IT assessment.
Know the Full Value of Your Systems
Are you providing the best value possible for your company? How much potential benefit could your company gain in individual performance improvements if you could communicate that value to everyone around you? Your business is only as good as its information technology systems allow it to be. Remember that, share that fact, and make others share it too. Seek out more advocates if you have to. IT is all about enabling people and enabling business. Be proactive, voice the benefits of your upcoming projects, reach out to your base, and most importantly, be open to feedback. But above all, make sure you don’t spread yourself too thin. Know what you are best at, and seek help and advice for the rest.
These are just a few things you can do to ensure you and your IT team are adding value to your business. Chat with a Hostway Trusted Expert today to find out how we can help advance and accelerate your IT strategy.