Big data. Machine data analytics. Artificial intelligence. Internet of Things. Hyperconvergence.
What may seem like a whole bunch of buzzwords are the topics CIOs have top of mind every day. Continuously inundated with different requests to try the “next big thing” that will “advance the business” and “automate important tasks,” they can lose focus of the fundamentals that make all of this possible: improving and simplifying their network connections. Below are three things all CIOs must prioritize to improve their network connections before moving on to the “next big thing,” according to David Spark, writer at Forbes.
- Secure your network.
Right now, security is top of mind for most CIOs. If the network isn’t secure, an intruder (or even (often) an insider), could potentially expose private information or completely lock them out, halting business completely. Thanks to technologies like IoT devices and the evolving threat landscape, there is so much data floating out there that is essentially up for grabs. Before developing complex algorithms and building intricate firewalls, together, the CIO and IT team must determine who is in charge of data security.
- Get ready for the cloud.
In the words of Todd Inskeep, a member of the RSAC Advisory Board, “CIOs are missing the opportunity to rethink their network architecture in the age of the cloud.”
As more and more organizations begin to add public and private clouds to their growing IT footprint, they’re often onboarding these new tools and services without actually making sure their networks are prepared to deal with these types of workloads. Consider the IT industry’s focus on hybrid cloud. Often, CIOs are tasked with adopting hybrid strategies, and they simply fail to plan ahead. Without laying out the details of the project ahead of time, they can’t develop a cohesive plan that maps out just how they’re going to migrate large amounts of data – and how they’re going to readily access it once it’s in the cloud. If IT teams just jump into the project, they’ll ultimately overload their network and create even more problems than they had before.
- Manage latency.
It’s what we call the elephant in the room when it comes to the cloud. According to an IDC study, more than 50 percent of cloud customers have brought workloads back on-premises as a result of latency issues. For cloud migrations to be successful, CIOs must address latency problems up front. Consider rebuilding applications or leveraging the resources provided by major colocation centers.
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