By Julie Bishop

Your employees might not realise quite how important it is to always be able to access the software and applications that are needed to deliver their business functions. 

But you can’t afford to. 

As your company grows, so do the needs of your customers and your employees.  

As a business leader, ignoring the importance of planning and developing an IT infrastructure based on the needs and priorities of your company could be catastrophic to long-term success. 

You could think of yourself as a pilot, if it all goes wrong that’s hundreds of people’s safety at risk. If your company infrastructure fails, it means no one can work effectively.  

Having A Strategic IT Infrastructure  

A strategic IT infrastructure addresses the needs of users today while being flexible enough to satisfy requirements as the business matures.   

Most start-ups and small businesses begin with an infrastructure that gets the job donethey invest in standard hardware like desktop computers, laptops, a simple phone system and a router for an Internet connection. Delivering services and communicating with employees, suppliers and customers is typically accomplished through cloud applications that allow you to share files over the Internetlike Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Apps for Business. 

But as the company grows, issues of security, connectivity and overall productivity are increasingly challenged. Computing speed and reliability are important, but what about system disruptions and security breaches? 

Ensuring that your IT infrastructure is reliable and secure is rudimentary, to gain a real competitive advantage, a strategic infrastructure is vital. Intelligent investments in platforms, software, network services and the right service management could be the difference between a profitable company and a failing one. It can also frequently cost less than the mishmash of infrastructure you may have built up over time.   

To grow in a competitive marketplace business leaders need to get involved in the infrastructure conversation, elevating the importance of it and making the right investments for the futureWhile the basics of every IT infrastructure are the same, plans for building an infrastructure must be strategic. 

Consider company growth in terms of employees and customers. Does your current IT infrastructure accommodate mobile access by request? Are you able to easily integrate cloud computing on demand? 

One of the major advantages of a solid infrastructure is that it provides for an exchange of information across your organisation. A strategic infrastructure makes your company more collaborative and effective.   

IT Infrastructure matters so much more than you think. 

Take control of your future 

IT Naturally can help you work out if your current infrastructure is the best it can be.

Please do talk to us to find out how we can help on 0208 016 2126or enquiries@ITNaturally.com

As a business leader, ignoring the importance of planning and developing an IT infrastructure based on the needs and priorities of your company could be catastrophic to long-term success.