With an estimated 70% of organizations overspending on hosting and a 30% first-time deployment failure rate, the need for expertise is real. The goals of increased agility, innovation, and lower costs, when coupled with the complexities of managing a modern-day GIS infrastructure, create a challenging task for CIO’s, IT Professionals, and GIS Managers. Organizational leaders must understand all the risks and opportunities in GIS infrastructure management.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way business is done and will demand that leaders consider their enterprise readiness in order to adapt to new economies. Consumer technology is central to this shift that is beginning to take place and demands that businesses approach enterprise readiness with the understanding that employees will be working and accessing corporate data from personal mobile devices. While this proves to be the most productive model of leveraging the IoT for productivity, it also presents more risks than if you were limiting their work to company provided devices and on-site work. By freeing them up and encouraging their consumerism, you can expect better work and, as long as you have considered your enterprise readiness in making this shift, the risks can be aptly managed.
A frequent misconception regarding cloud platforms is that they are inherently insecure. The reality is that all IT platforms are inherently insecure and, whether you’re using a cloud service for your hosting or an on-premises solution, security is always something you have to deal with. Once you understand what a secure cloud services platform can do for your business and what security measures need to be taken, you will quickly learn that the benefits of making the change far outweigh the risks.