When is it time to update your tech stack?
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Enterprise IT has been in a near constant state of change over the past few years, as worker access remained largely in flux and lines of business were abruptly transformed forever.

In this new reality, the enterprise network has become the connective fiber of the business, allowing workers to stay in touch with customers and workflows regardless of their physical location.

But arriving at this hybrid, work-from-anywhere reality has called for IT teams to overhaul legacy technology and strategies and onboard new solutions at a breakneck pace—often only to have to change plans and attempt a new strategy just as fast.

So how can enterprise IT teams better calibrate their network transformation projects to avoid costly derailments and false starts?

While no plan is fireproof, there are a few strategies and solutions that IT can deploy from the start to ensure minimal impact on workers, customers and the larger business as they update their tech stack for a hybrid work reality.

New products and markets call for new tools, compliance

Whether many businesses realize it or not, serving customers and workers that are accessing network resources from virtually anywhere in the world calls for due diligence within the IT tech stack that many traditional tools simply can’t deliver. This includes leveraging tools that ensure compliance with standards across geographies.

Enterprise teams must first ensure that the tools they leverage today have the latest compliance and standards verifications (ie. SOC 2 Type 2) within their own geography. To that end, teams would be wise to explore the latest cloud-delivered products and services when possible, as many of these tools are designed with global reach in mind, having strategies around data protection and access already built in.

Minimizing bottlenecks and constraints

Along with being secure and compliant, the tech stack actually needs to deliver optimal performance for end users to be worth the investment. This is another scenario where it makes sense for teams to decentralize their network architecture by leveraging a greater number of cloud workflows to better serve a similarly distributed user footprint.

The benefit here is that data can live closer to the user edge, therefore increasing the business’ ability to scale operations without straining their centralized data center resources. One caveat, however, is that enterprise IT teams need to ensure that decentralization doesn’t come at the expense of visibility and performance.

Ensure complete view of workers and customers

The key ingredient in ensuring successful decentralization is ensuring that IT doesn’t lose sight of all corners of their network footprint. Teams need to be able to zero in on potential performance roadblocks or network constraints even if they take place on areas of the network that IT doesn’t have inherent control over.

By deploying comprehensive network performance monitoring, IT teams can ensure that they fully understand the impact of any network transformation on end users before, during and after the project. This ensures that teams can modify plans quickly and react immediately to any surprises that arise as they’re updating their tech stack.

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