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The First IT Steps to Take in 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 7:20:00 AM

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Happy New Year! The school year may be half over, but there’s plenty of time to make headway on your priorities for early 2019 and beyond. If we had three wishes for you, they would be for you to have the ability to:

Quit Doing IT Projects
It’s time to start saying “no” to projects that aren’t grounded in organizational outcomes. More specifically, as a CIO, IT administrator, or a technology supervisor, it is imperative that you begin to establish yourself and your department as relevant contributors to your organization’s objectives. Before you sign off on another equipment order or introduce more campus safety initiatives, make this a discussion point. Getting started might be a little tough (we can help you along the way), but even a 1% shift in your actions can make a real difference in the long run.

Work Smarter, Not Harder
Let’s face it: Technology plays an exceedingly prominent role in our daily lives. Our dependence on technology has also led to the need for increased technology support, so IT teams are often buried in tactical tasks. One possible solution? Start shifting toward a model where you’re leveraging the best resources available to pick up the grunt work so your team can focus on organizational objectives and business goals. That might include having a partner who can proactively monitor your infrastructure. It may also mean stopping problems before they begin by connecting your mission-critical applications to a professionally managed hub that takes the Internet out of the equation completely.

Look Past the Technology
Yes, technology is amazing and can provide more support and opportunities than has ever been historically possible. That doesn’t mean it’s where the discussion should start or stop. The best technology applications are the ones that fit into a larger overall strategy and have established and measurable success criteria, assigned roles and responsibilities, and checkpoints at key phases to ensure the success criteria are being met. Access control is a great tool but it can’t make a school safe. Interactive whiteboards are terrific, but they can’t contribute to education unless they’re effectively incorporated into the curriculum. Encryption doesn’t protect your network if your employees bring infected flash drives into the office.

Ultimately, change is never easy, but it’s worth it if you can make a recognized contribution to your organization’s business goals. Let’s work together to help make 2019 the year you and your technology team are finally seen as relevant contributors to your organization. Cheers to the best year yet!

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