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Noble Truth #3: IT Complexity Grows Faster Than IT Teams

Ipswitch Blog| April 23 2015

| IT insights

Famed boxer Mike Tyson once said that “everyone has a plan…until they get punched in the mouth.” He probably wasn’t talking to IT departments (okay, he definitely wasn’t), but it's advice you, as IT professionals, should probably consider.

Think of it this way: with IT complexity growing everyday–at an almost exponential rate—your current strategies, resources and personnel are not going to be enough to keep pace.

We’re not the only ones who feel the same way:

  • Nearly 70% of federal agencies believe that network complexity is increasing
  • 81% of federal network managers believe that network complexity can slow down IT performance
  • 58% of IT managers believe that their staff is going to be reduced

Talk about a punch to the mouth!

Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this hard truth, but the first step is realizing that this is in fact the case. We recently covered this topic as part of our eGuide on the 9 Noble Truths of Network, Server and Application Monitoring. Before we point you in the right direction for a solution, let’s take a closer look at what “growing IT complexity” actually looks like and how it affects IT departments with regard to network performance.

  • BYOD and the consumerization of IT: In the early days, BYOD meant that only a few employees would be accessing company data on their Blackberries. Not so challenging, right? Today, almost every employee not only uses a device to conduct business, they use several: laptops, smartphones and tablets. Not only that, but the way in which they use them has changed. It’s no longer just email— it’s file sharing, video streaming, audio conferencing, etc. These are all devices and functions that the IT department must support through the network. Not so easy, right?
  • Your network’s constant evolution: The days of exclusive onsite servers are pretty much gone. Today, most businesses use a mix of wireless, physical, cloud, virtual, hosted, on-premise, and hybrid systems. It’s not how things were drawn up necessarily, but it’s a reality that the IT department must be prepared to deal with. The business demands it.
  • Escalating IT security and regulatory compliance demands: The odds of being subject to a corporate data leak or security breach are rising. By the time you read this post, they’ll have risen even further. At the same time, the compliance requirements for sensitive data are increasing with each passing year, as are the violation fines. This trend has no signs of slowing down.
  • Hidden threats to your network stability and performance: Well, they’re not really hidden. In fact, they are sitting right next to you. We’re talking about your employees and their proclivity for using un-sanctioned tools and devices for company business. You know, sending sensitive files via personal email attachments or using a consumer-facing tool like Dropbox. These actions are as easy for employees to take as they are difficult for IT to track and stop.

Discouraged? Don’t be. In this eGuide, we explain that to manage this growing complexity – while maintaining the same or smaller headcount, budget and footprint – organizations need simple and powerful IT management tools that are easy to buy, deploy and use. Ready to learn more?
9 Noble Truths of Network, Server and Application Monitoring »

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