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Sean Nourse Chief Solutions Officer

For all the advantages that a Cloud solution brings to your business, mismanaging workloads means you’ll quickly end up creating as many problems as you solve – and it won’t just be your IT department that suffers. IT is a central enabler for practically every department and employee, and if you aren’t managing workloads properly, the impact on your business will be felt far and wide.

In this blog, we’ll look at how mismanaging your IT resources impacts the other departments within your organisation, and what you can do to prevent this.

Human Resources

Data silos, unnecessary workload replication, questionable security defences – badly managed workloads add layer upon layer of complexity that can drain your IT department’s time and resources. This invariably leads to lowered productivity and the unnecessary hiring of extra IT professionals to deal with the shortfall. By contrast, using a powerful and well-managed cloud solution can safeguard against replication, multiple versions and, ultimately, more efficient use of your staff’s time. By putting the effort into optimising your cloud solution and managing it consistently, you’ll free up time for your employees to focus on the most important parts of their job rather than getting hung up on operational hurdles.

Security

Although dealing with security risks eventually falls on the shoulders of the long-suffering IT department, the nature of the modern mobile workforce means security is every department’s problem. The cloud’s importance in enabling employees means that everybody who uses a laptop, tablet or smartphone within the organisation is a potential chink in the business’ digital armour.

Data silos and mismanaged workloads cause lack of visibility, leading to a haphazard distribution of access to key data and unsecured endpoints. Security professionals who suffer from this lack of visibility are unable to ensure that permissions are only granted to individuals or teams that really need them, leading to lax security practices that could one day have a devastating effect on all departments, not only those directly responsible for a security breach.

Finance

Mismanaged workloads and sprawling, siloed IT environments waste money – your finance department’s worst nightmare. Ask yourself: are you aware of your over-provisioned, forgotten resources and runaway workloads?

Just as virtualisation resolved the issue of real-world server sprawl in the data centre, only to be replaced by virtual-machine sprawl, cloud migration can be both a blessing and a curse. In many cases, unused applications are no longer running but are still costing the company money in unnecessary resources. Without accurate visibility tools to keep track of these scenarios, the organisation is paying continuously for something that is used only sporadically, sometimes on many different workloads and projects at the same time. What’s more, this results in your finance department spending hours chasing after information, consolidating invoices and apportioning costs for different cloud providers that may charge for workloads in unique ways.

Gaining accurate data and a good understanding of the state of your workloads is a critical part of ensuring that your IT platforms are supporting your business effectively and helping to achieve its goals. In the age of IT-as-a-Service, suppliers and partners are quickly realising this, adjusting their product offerings to offer greater visibility and control, and lessen the chances of workloads running rampant. Monitoring and controlling these workloads, however, still falls to the IT department, and it is they who ultimately hold responsibility for keeping the IT infrastructure affordable, lean and agile.

If you’d like to know more about efficient Internet workload management and what you can do to make your IT department the primary driver of efficiency in your organisation, download our free flowchart on selecting the right platform for your workload.

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