The Foundation for a Strategic Initiative
Internal audits can make a world of difference for a company's bottom line. They act as a bird's eye view of infrastructure strategy resources, making it a snap to pinpoint overspending and inefficiency. Cost optimization allows organizations to use their resources more efficiently and open new revenue opportunities.
Budget optimization doesn't mean slashing the budget on energy costs and cloud infrastructure. Sometimes, it means the opposite. While automation and new technology require significant upfront investments, digital transformation may contribute to savings in the future. That way, a business boosts both its short-term productivity and its long-term revenue.
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Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is IT infrastructure strategy?
IT infrastructure refers to the operation, management, and deployment of IT services and solutions. Companies can implement an IT plan within a cloud computing system or at its facilities. Without this framework, an organization cannot deliver infrastructure services to employees, customers, and business partners or handle internal network management.
What are the seven components of IT infrastructure?
An IT department can tailor information technology based on a company's needs and budget. However, most systems share seven components:
- Computer hardware platforms, such as server and client machines
- Operating system platforms, including Windows, UNIX, and macOS
- Enterprise software applications like PeopleSoft and SAP
- Networking and telecommunications platforms, such as UNIX and Linux
- Data management and storage, which covers traditional storage methods and cloud services
- Internet platforms that allow a business to maintain its intranet, extranet, and corporate sites
- Consulting and system integrations services that merge legacy software systems
What should an IT strategy include?
No two companies are the same. Therefore, no two organizations should have identical infrastructure environments. The best plans consider a company's current technology, and it needs to stay relevant in the future.
Some pillars of modern infrastructure strategies include:
- Cloud strategy.
- Mobile-first strategy.
- Advanced analytics strategy.
- Data center architecture design or redesign strategy.
- Identity and access management (IAM) strategy.
- Broadband and wireless connectivity strategy.
- Disaster recovery and incident management strategies.
What are IT infrastructure components?
Infrastructure components are the interconnected elements that make up an IT infrastructure strategy. As a rule of thumb, companies often divide components into two groups: hardware and software.
Hardware includes desktop computers, servers, routers, and data centers. Meanwhile, software encompasses content management systems, enterprise resource planning, and customer relationship management.
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