The days of doing “rip and replace” information and communications technology (ICT) projects are over. Nowadays, everybody is trying to do more with less.
Although IT managers are expected to make the business competitive with technology, they are often unable to secure the necessary funds to do a regular, full-scale refresh. In many circumstances, they find it too hard to make a business case for it.
Company budgets are tighter and capital expenditure is more heavily regulated by the C-suite, who is telling all departments to cut back and economise. IT managers are also competing with budgets from other departments that are of higher priority, so unless something is broken, they are not expected to fix it.
Doing more with less
Whenever an IT manager looks at improving their ICT portfolio, they can’t ignore the equipment they already own and the investments made into it. They will often wonder what can be done with the existing technology before adopting a new solution.
But change no longer needs to mean everything old being thrown away and replaced with the new. Instead, there are ways to salvage some of what is already there and even modernise it.
The advent of the Cloud has helped businesses move processes off-site, though on-premise ICT continues to be important for many companies. What a hybrid approach does is retain existing ICT functions while adding new capabilities with the Cloud.
For some businesses, leveraging existing technology could mean taking a back-end service for telecommunications and upgrading parts of the core to add capabilities. For example, a new system could be designed in a way that end-points, such as phones, remain unchanged yet come with added features and capabilities.
A hybrid approach can also help to create a business case to decision makers. For an additional operating cost, a business can make use of a hybrid system that takes advantage of whatever is already on-premise and delivered in the Cloud.
A holistic Snapshot
A well-designed company network with a good core can be extended with new capabilities without too much complexity. A hybrid approach would also be a less risky and inexpensive proposition for the IT manager.
However, if a company has a poorly designed network infrastructure and/or has not been upgrading the core, adopting a hybrid approach may come with its own complexity. Adding new capability to poorly designed or maintained infrastructure may end up being expensive and time consuming.
To understand what your ICT setup is and is not capable of, it may be valuable to get a holistic view of your current setup. Beyond understanding what the network topology, security, capacity, and weak points are, there is also value in assessing existing contracts with external vendors and providers.
BTAS is able to assist with Snapshot, where we inspect your current telecommunications infrastructure to get a picture of what works and what could be improved. In cases where improvements need to be made, we look at the overall complexity and the potential savings.
So if the core can be upgraded and maintained, there is no need to rip it out and replace it with a new one. If you have an increasingly mobile work force, you may not need a lot of end-point hardware and a software solution may be enough to leverage the existing technology.