How to choose your IT infrastructure? When it has been chosen according to technological developments or announcements, the IT infrastructure can become a very heterogeneous complex: a database here, an application there, an integration that is never completed... All of which adds to the workload of the business. And, to top it all off, it can make you more vulnerable to cyber attacks.
But is it really that important to rethink your choice of IT infrastructure? Yes, because an aging infrastructure is the opposite of the agility and flexibility that will prepare the company for tomorrow's world. But there's no moralizing here. Instead, let's look at the elements to take into account and the existing solutions to know why and how to migrate your IT infrastructure.
A good IT infrastructure choice integrates resources, environments and strategy
The human being remains at the center of the decision
The first thing to look at is your team. What skills does it have? What are the upcoming recruitments? What is the team's level of maturity? If it relies on its internal resources, the IT department must adapt its choices. However, the company can reach its objective more quickly if it engages service providers to provide the missing skills, either on a one-off basis or for a longer period.
Constraints also have a place in the thinking
Banking, healthcare, insurance (see our article dedicated to the challenges facing the insurance industry in 2024)... Sectors with strong regulatory constraints are subject to a second limit: legislation. When the data at stake is sensitive, it is subject to more stringent legislation, forcing entities to organize the space in which they access said data. Not all sectors organize their IT infrastructure in the same way. We have written an article on healthcare data and the RGPD.
When the historical infrastructure blocks evolution, changing a small element can give the business enough impetus to free up management and review its way of working. For example, the company can think of the bimodal infrastructure, a mixture of Cloud and monolithic infrastructure, which modernizes without renewing everything. Access to APIs also offers the possibility of simplifying procedures while respecting legal constraints.
The ROI in the line of sight to choose its infrastructure
In a world of constant change, one may wonder about the value of changing IT infrastructure. Staying up-to-date, yes, but for how long? Will we have to rethink everything in 5 years? Renewing your IT infrastructure is a huge cost, as Gartner shows, estimating that it will cost $3.9 billion by 2021. The IT department probably doesn't want to invest in the (too) short term. Especially when the company is still sponging the damage of the Covid crisis. The choice of infrastructure must therefore respond to a technological strategy, but also financial.
Should you prefer an on-premise infrastructure or Cloud ?
38% of executives talk about pressure on IT teams to migrate to Cloud. But on-premise has not said its last word. For reasons of legislation, security or speed, it remains the preferred choice.