Most businesses plan for their future in one way or another - whether it's in the form of a well designed and thought out plan of action with numbered steps, or simply in the form of ideas and ambitions that never quite make it onto a sheet of paper.
But whatever form the plan takes, it doesn't always take into account how the proposed development will impact every single part of the business. This is especially true when it comes to resources. Most businesses will look at whether they have enough employees to manage the future growth, but the IT infrastructure that is already present is rarely looked at in the same way.
That's a shame because this is one of the most important aspects of any planned expansion. Even the natural growth of a business that occurs on a day to day basis rarely takes into account the effects that growth has on the computer systems that keep the whole business rolling along smoothly - until something happens to turn everyone's attention towards it.
It's often the case that if the IT infrastructure is working smoothly, it's assumed that no action is necessary to keep it that way. It runs along the lines of the ‘if it's not broken then don't fix it’ way of thinking. But in actual fact this doesn't take into account the need to look at the future needs of the business as well as the current ones.
It's clear that an open mind is needed to be able to look at a structure that may be working extremely well at the current time, to be able to see whether or not any changes need to be made now to accommodate future growth. This isn't a decision that should be made by a single person; input from all areas of the business can help in getting a properly formed picture of how the business is performing at the moment and what needs may arise in the future if the current rate of growth is sustained.
But in the final analysis the input of the IT team will perhaps be the most valuable. Only they will have the knowledge that is needed to suggest what applications, programs, software and hardware could be used to adapt the current methods of working so that the business - and its employees - will benefit as a result.
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