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Top IT spending priorities in 2019: do yours match up?

Posted by Rudy Mitra on May 8, 2019 11:58:30 AM
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Top IT spending priorities in 2019: do yours match up?

2019 is a year for getting ahead and being more efficient with resources and money, so it’s important to focus your IT spend on areas that are going to be the most impactful.

With many Australian businesses now in the process of creating draft budgets for the 19/20 financial year, it’s worth ensuring the money is being allocated to important areas, such as:

 

Operational efficiency

More and more often, we’re seeing that IT teams are expected to do more with less, especially with the constant advances in technology that are coming through. Project management tools, cloud-based software and artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are all areas where businesses can benefit and increase operational efficiencies. Putting the right measures in place the first time around can also have financial benefits in the long run.

 

Cloud migration

During 2019, we’re expecting to see a lot of businesses move towards cloud-based solutions. Be it public, private or hybrid cloud options, your business can benefit from the scalability that cloud offers, along with the ability for your teams to access information and software anywhere at any time. This not only saves money; it can mean your employees will be more productive given the flexibility offered.

 

Cybersecurity protection

With the increased usage of cloud software comes the increased risk of cyber-attacks. And the everyday risk of attack that could be instigated by a phishing email is ever-present.

But that’s no reason to panic. Our team of cyber security experts are some of the best in the business and are ready and able to help you protect your business. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for something specific like data protection or are unsure exactly what your needs are, we can assess your current situation and make recommendations that will work for your business, now and in the future. And we understand budgets vary between businesses, which is why we build a custom solution every time to best meet the individual needs of our customers.

 

Improving analytics

Now, more than ever, businesses are starting to realise the value in data and tracking metrics across projects and workflows. Tools such as Google Analytics (for measuring digital activity on websites and other platforms) and Power BI (a data visualisation tool) are gaining traction amongst people across all areas of business.

It’s no longer just the domain of the digital marketer or business analyst, leaders across all levels of an organisation are realising that to improve, they need to understand where the business is currently positioned, as well as measuring the success or failure of any changes that are made.

 

Transforming existing business processes

Automation has been a buzz word for the last few years and it’s only now that it’s really starting to have a meaningful impact across a wide spectrum of businesses. Automation can assist in hiring, testing, security and customer service, just to name a few. We’ve written a couple of articles on the topic that you might like to read.

IT automation: the what and the why

IT automation: the competitive advantage businesses need

If you’re ready to start a conversation about how to get the most out of your IT budget, we’re ready to help. Contact us today.

 

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