Are you making your competitors nervous? Do you use all available resources to deliver better products and services? Are you looking at the strategic needs of your business to determine the technology capabilities needed to support your long-term goals? IT teams are under constant pressure to support growing business needs, increase productivity and service delivery while keeping costs to a minimum.
HELPING YOU ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AND FIND THE ANSWERS
Separate daily technology hype from strategic investments
At NIL, we help our customers confidently tackle technology-related decisions and ensure that their IT organizations serve as an agile and productive source of strategic business advantage. We stay on top of most recent developments and separate daily technology hype from strategic investments which deliver enduring results.
For more than 25 years, our consulting experts, IT architects, and engineering specialists have been working with companies and service providers in every industry to optimize core processes, improve customer value delivery, and deploy IT solutions which not only solve current problems but serve as a base for future business growth.
Every IT landscape must change over time, and businesses have two key expectations of services provided by IT. Services should be stable and predictable, as well as allow rapid changes to meet evolving business requirements. These expectations are, by design, in conflict. Successful change management ensures that the evolution of IT meets these conflicting expectations - facilitating rapid development and roll-out of new services while minimizing disruption to ongoing operations.
Every IT implementation carries its risks. Is this the right course for the company? Will we be able to implement and integrate complex systems within planned timelines and budgets? Once implemented, are they going to deliver the business benefits we initially sought? The more complex projects are, the harder it is to evaluate these questions - and IT projects are becoming more complex every day. This is why a strong focus on connecting business requirements to project design and implementation is crucial to reduce the risk of wasting time and resources on projects that don't bring desired results.
Integrate new technologies into your broader infrastructure
Let's not pretend there are no legacy traps in IT environments. Every new technology implementation is going to have to connect with some legacy systems which weren't designed to do so. There's a reason companies continue to use legacy components in their environments - they are usually incredibly difficult to replace without significant disruption, they are crucial to daily operation, and let's be honest, they just work. To tackle such challenges, you will need to define projects with experienced professionals who know the systems you implemented years ago, as well as the cutting-edge resources you are adding to your stack today.
Measure twice, cut once
Mistakes you have made or shortcuts you took in IT system implementation are often mistakes you pay for much later. We hear about enterprise system outages, data loss, and security incidents every day, and the vast majority of these issues can be traced back to shortcuts taken in implementation. Changes to enterprise infrastructures should withstand the various challenges they will encounter throughout their lifecycle. This protection from future threats is primarily achieved in the initial part of the project, where all possible issues are evaluated before the project plan is drafted.
Don't forget implementation experience
Complex IT implementation plans should never happen without practitioners in the room. Engineers and specialists who get their hands dirty with practical implementation have seen assumptions and theoretical plans fail over and over again. They have seen deadlines and budgets underestimated by orders of magnitude, and perfectly sound "paper assumptions" collapse under the weight of challenges in the field. No consulting team should forget to include experienced practitioners, who'll spot common missteps or features which rarely deliver on their promises from miles away.
Continually improve network performance, availability and security
IT infrastructures are, for lack of a better term, living organisms. Any system implemented and optimized today will, over time, need to integrate with new additions and expansions, and will need to be tweaked and further optimized to perform optimally in a changed environment. When planning changes to your IT infrastructure and services, you should never forget to plan for continued improvement in performance, availability, and security. This will ensure that new additions and expansions don't cause a deterioration of your broader existing infrastructure.
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Our consulting teams combine the experience gained in complex data center, networking, and security projects. This allows them to identify the best course of action to solve your business challenges, as well as deliver projects which ensure that you are in complete control of the changes and new systems.
A professional implementation and effective knowledge transfer to your internal team is the only way you can guarantee that your strategic investment is going to keep on delivering value long after the implementation project has been completed.
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