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Three Ways to Focus Investments for Innovation and Transformation

Written by Christian Reilly, Vice President and Chief Intelligence Officer, Citrix

For modern CIOs, success is not about technology; it’s about using technology to drive business innovation and value. It’s about providing an always-on, secure digital workspace — without a costly outlay of capital. And it’s about efficiently and securely expanding into new markets and regions.

In other words, success is defined by strategic technology investments that enable the business and drive innovation. Success is, of course, easier said than done. Today, a large part of success is about reining in costs while extending services to a wider array of people, devices, and things. The modern IT organization must become a partner to the business — not a cost center — integral to competitive value and strategic investment.

How are you standing up to the challenge? Inventorying and controlling fixed assets only underscores potential waste. With a complete understanding of the physical servers, data, devices, and apps in your purview, you‘ve taken measures to manage, control, and secure them.

It’s now time to focus your critical resources on accelerating business outcomes instead of managing day-to-day IT tasks.  And you’ve made moves in that direction by adopting a cloud strategy that accelerates innovation and agility while ensuring flexibility and control. So what now?

Here then are the top three ways to focus your IT investment:

Leveraging advanced analytics
In an IDG survey, close to 80 percent of CIOs said they would prioritize spend on data analytics in 2018 and 2019. Though the vast majority of business processes are still governed by and carried out by people, advanced analytics, such as machine learning, uses data to automate work that was once considered people-dependent. This improves the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of computing processes so workers can focus on higher-value tasks.

Simplifying hybrid-cloud networking
According to a recent IDC InfoBrief, enterprises are embracing multi-cloud solutions to gain organizational agility, accommodate existing and new applications, and ensure apps reside in optimized environments. But IDC also reports that 82 percent of businesses believe complex network infrastructure hinders their ability to migrate apps to the cloud. When you simplify, secure, and optimize your networks for performance, you give your users simple secure access to the applications and data they need — from any device, anywhere.

Implementing digital workspaces
A digital workspace unifies access to all of the users of the app rely on — Windows, mobile, web and SaaS — with performance and security that adapts to user context. Engineered to increase visibility and simplify management of all your apps, data, users and devices, a digital workspace helps you realize the full benefits of hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies.

Innovation as an investment priority
Making these investments now can help set up your company — and the IT organization — for a winning future. With careful planning and alignment with business goals, these investments can position IT as a change agent and prepare the business for the future.

A Deloitte survey suggests that “IT budgets in high-performing companies (HPCs) account for a lower percentage of overall revenue, which could mean that CIOs in these companies make more efficient use of their technology dollars.” It goes on to say that “CIOs in HPCs are also more likely to have annual budget increases and less likely to have a budget decrease.”

What winning strategies can you apply now? Advance your cloud plan at your own pace. Look for services you can host and deliver them from wherever you choose — including legacy on-premise infrastructure — giving you the freedom to go all in with cloud, start service by service, or take a hybrid approach. Regardless of where services reside, apps, devices, and data should be easily integrated and managed through a single console for unified user experience.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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