b2ap3_thumbnail_Productivity400.jpgBusinesses are looking to technology for ways to boost their overall productivity. As a CIO or IT manager, your company will be looking to you and your team to provide economical IT solutions to that make the company more efficient. Preparing for the future is the only way that you’re going to be able to meet the increasing demand for innovation. But where do you begin? Here are 5 ways that CIOs can improve productivity and efficiency, both inside and outside their department.

Build Innovation Into your IT Department. Now more than ever, companies rely on IT departments to offer innovative solutions that will improve day-to-day operations. By teaching your team to constantly look for ways that technology could improve these operations, your company can use technology to encourage growth and success. 

Adapt to a connected world. Mobile devices and the Internet of Things means that the majority of working adults are constantly connected to the internet in one way, shape or form. It’s the job of the CIO to make sure that the company and its infrastructure is prepared to handle the mobile revolution and all that it includes.

Bridge the technology skills gap. Inside an enterprise, there is an ever-growing gap between those employees who are tech-savvy and those who are not. In the future, creating an IT team that is willing and able to adapt with the rapid changes of technology will be paramount to the success of an IT department, and ultimately the whole business. A home-grown team of techs with the latest technology skills is the way to go!

Balance data accessibility with security. Employee-owned mobile devices have infiltrated the workplace. We’ve entered a mobile world, where employees expect data access from anywhere, on any device. Since no two businesses are the same, it’s up to IT managers to determine the best way to give employees network access while maintaining the integrity of their network.

Provide a singular experience across multiple platforms.To maximize productivity, more and more companies are turning to desktop virtualization. This means that someone can sit down at any number of workstations, inside or outside of the company, and access their network with the same interface. Implementing VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) will help CIOs control network security while allowing employees to have the same user experience.

Whether your organization is comfortable with change or not, technology is constantly evolving. As your company’s resident technology expert, you need to use whatever resources are available to keep up-to-date with the best technology options for your enterprise. It’ll always pay off in the long run.

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