To begin to answer the question in the title of this post, I would first ask the question: Are you a visionary?
Visionaries are the bold purveyors of idealistic scenarious that have the potential to carry people forward to end points of such magnificence that they become beneficiaries of their own leadership. Powerful stuff.
If you're an IT manager, now is your time to be one. Technology is dictating the way we live and you can understand the way it influences business direction and success better than most. Yours is an important strategic role to play in shaping the evolution of the IT in your charge.
Before we move onto the future, however, let's look at a likely scenario for your present.
You've been operating for over a decade and amassed a disparate and mostly obsolete collection of IT hardware and software across your business. Your workforce has evolved to more than 25% independent and mobile and they are demanding that you gie them better access to information and tools that will help them work properly outside the office.
Your company applications are sitting on different machines across several offices, making it difficult to access your critical data. Newer tools have surpassed many of your current ones but you haven't had the chance to investigate and integrate them.
You are faced with asking for large sums of money to replenish the company's legacy and complex IT infrastructure, as well as significant ongoing monthly maintenance expenses. You are under pressure to bring the whole of your company IT into alignment and make sure it's reliable delivered.
A challenging situation indeed but with willful action great things can be achieved. For the company - allayed concerns, and for you - the opportunity to spend most of your time on the IT functions that really interest you.
In the case of moving towards a virtualised office environment this can mean:
- CapEx and monthly OpEx costs are dramatically reduced
- Maintenance time spent on heavy on-site infrastructure is reduced
- More time can be invested in productivity enhancers and collaboration and communication tools
- Reliability of desktop infrastructure is significantly improved via remote delivery
- Whole of your IT needs are brought into one controllable place
And what of the next era? In 10 years time we think the workplace will still play a critical role in bringing together the necessary elements to make a business function - staff, space and stuff. But making sweeping reforms now will have far-reaching impacts then when the new working world order will be far braver than any of us can truly imagine.
If you're an IT manager, now is the time to be a vital part of the revolution. So what will you do next?
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