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3 Ways Your Legacy IT Infrastructure May Undermine Innovation

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John Murphy | Head of Hybrid Cloud

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, innovation is the lifeblood of success. Organizations strive to stay ahead by embracing new ideas, technologies, and processes.

According to the recent survey of IT and business leaders conducted by Dell (Dell Technologies Market Research, 2023) 6 in 10 business worry that their organisation will not be relevant in next 3-5 years. Moreover, in Ireland only 6% of businesses believe that their business is innovative, which us 3 times lower than global 18%.

Legacy IT infrastructure can be a significant roadblock to progress. Indeed, 64% of organisations agreed that the complexity of the infrastructure slows operations and digital initiatives.

Let’s explore three ways in which outdated systems may hinder your organization’s ability to adapt and innovate.

1. Lack of Time for Innovation

Challenge: Overwhelming workloads for IT staff often leave little room for innovation. IT specialists may prioritize day-to-day operations over strategic thinking, leaving innovation on the back burner.

Solution: Modern IT infrastructure offers automation functionality that frees up resources and reduces staffing requirements. By automating routine tasks, IT specialists can allocate more time to strategical projects that drive innovation. Whether it’s exploring new technologies, optimizing processes, or developing creative solutions, having time and resources to focus on innovation is crucial.

2. Coping with Data Volume and Complexity

Challenge: On average, nowadays organisations are managing 10 times more data than they did 5 years ago (IDC, 2022). The explosive growth in data complexity poses a significant challenge. As organizations collect more data from various sources, managing and deriving value from it becomes increasingly difficult. In addition, quality of data is the cornerstone of successful Generative AI projects, as it ensures accurate training of generative models.

Solution: Organizations must invest in robust IT infrastructure, such as Dell Technologies comprehensive infrastructure portfolio, that can handle diverse data types, ensure data quality, and support advanced analytics. The more an organization leverages its own data for innovation, the greater the value its projects will bring.

3. Data Silos Prevents Data-Driven Innovation

Challenge: Many organizations suffer from data siloes, where information is trapped in isolated systems belonging to certain departments and is not shared across the organisation. This fragmentation prevents a holistic view of data and inhibits informed decision-making.

Solution: To foster innovation, businesses must break down these siloes. Implementing solutions that allow seamless data ingestion, analysis, and actionable insights is essential – no matter where – in a data center, in the cloud, or at the periphery of your network – the data is stored and processed.

A hybrid and multicloud strategy offers a plethora of benefits for organizations looking to innovate and stay ahead in the competitive market. By leveraging a combination of on-premises and public cloud services, organizations can optimize their IT performance and cost-efficiency. This approach not only enhances operational agility but also provides the flexibility to deploy services closer to where they are needed, whether on the edge or in a centralized data centre. Furthermore, the use of consistent management tools across various cloud environments simplifies the complexity of IT systems, making it easier for IT staff to manage resources and deploy new services quickly. Dell Apex Cloud Platforms, systems integrating Dell infrastructure, automated management and operations software, provide this consistent management experience across clouds.

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By strategically addressing these challenges, organizations can create an environment where innovation thrives, ensuring relevance and competitiveness in the ever-evolving business landscape.
Thanks to partnership with leading cloud solution providers and Dell, Ergo offers a comprehensive suite of hybrid cloud services, while delivering scalable, secure, and cost-effective services that meet the diverse needs of businesses. By integrating private and public clouds, Ergo ensures that customers have the flexibility to run their applications and manage data across different environments, while also benefiting from Dell’s robust infrastructure.

As a Dell Titanium Partner and Dell Advanced Performing Services Partner 2024, Ergo has expert-level certifications and the ability to deliver Dell’s products, services, and solutions effectively. For detailed information and to discuss specific requirements, please contact us.   

References 

  1. Dell Technologies market research, (2023) – the Innovation Index – based on responses from 6,600 business and IT decision-makers from organisations with 100+employees from across the following regions: North America, LATAM, EMEA, APJ and Greater China
  2. IDC, “IDC Futurescape, Worldwide AI and Automation 2023 Predictions”, doc #US49748122, October 2022

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