There’s more to an IT manager’s job than just operations and delivery. It’s becoming ever more important to develop an operating model that minimizes risk, whether through sourcing the best talent, investing in the right software or working towards solutions capable of supporting a given future state. As well as such pressures IT managers have to account for less stable variables, predicting the impact of trends in hardware, software and security. In such an ever-shifting environment, it’s vital that CIOs and IT managers can minimize risk and exploit efficiencies. Here at Kensington we believe that security and asset management are key to this. Here are our 5 key principles for future-proofing your workspace.

1. Have a clear investment strategy

When it comes to taking initiatives regarding project objectives, resources and finances, IT managers are at the coalface; and an understanding of hardware and software assets is a key tool which can extract value and ensure successful delivery. Managing a device fleet or an entire IT portfolio is complex and decision-makers must have a clear and comprehensive vision.

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2. Build in flexibility

In a competitive marketplace, technology can give organizations a comparative advantage over their rivals. IT managers are constantly having to evaluate the strength and durability of emerging technologies, which means that knowing when to stick and when to twist is all the more important. Building in flexibility, however, can sustain the life of assets and limit the need to divest. For example, with cloud computing and multi-device workflows allowing for real increases in productivity, hardware assets such as Docking Stations are becoming more and more important as companies seek to join up new and existing technology.

3.Invest in talent

An IT manager’s portfolio comprises more than just hardware and software. Talent is scarce and competition for the best people is inevitable. Intelligent staffing can ensure your organization has the skill, knowledge and initiative to adapt to changing circumstances and deliver on strategic priorities. Together with targeted recruitment, CPD and training ensure staff acquire the skills and capabilities the business needs.

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4. Pick winners

Given the highly competitive and precarious nature of emerging technologies, it’s very difficult for IT managers and CIOs to know when and where to invest. In such circumstances, knowledge is key. Organizations need to identify and evaluate the risks in their own portfolio, as well as considering any threats to key partners and providers. This information enables decision-makers to stay ahead in a changing landscape.

5. Know the value of your assets

The strategic value of your assets – hardware or software – changes with time. Consequently, CIOs and IT managers need to understand the strategic importance of every item on your organization’s inventory of technology assets, making this information accessible to other parts of the business. By communicating opportunities for investment or divestment, IT departments contribute significantly to the successful operation of programs and projects, on a day-to-day basis and in the future.

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