blog

Creating a High-performing IT Environment that Flexes with Evolving Needs

August 23, 2022

As organizations continue to digitize their operations and integrate new technologies—each with its own requirements—they rely on their IT solutions to shift and scale to keep pace with changing demands, new applications and unexpected disruptions like COVID-19. Yet, designing, implementing and managing complex IT architectures can be challenging. To build an effective IT environment, organizations should consider three key factors that can impact the success of the solution

 

Flexibility to Support Long-term Direction 

 

No single IT solution can satisfy all the needs of an organization, making the flexibility of the IT model and the provider critical. Hybrid IT offers the flexibility to position workloads in the most appropriate environment—whether colocation, public cloud or private cloud—to manage performance, security and cost. Using a hybrid IT strategy, organizations can build a comprehensive solution that combines legacy deployments, cloud-native applications and other IT environments to optimize each workload’s operability, address new requirements and introduce new technologies. 

Working with a third-party provider with a flexible partnership approach is also key. Standard, out-of-the-box solutions that fail to solve customer pain points or deliver the necessary outcomes are like forcing a square peg into a round hole. Organizations need a partner that listens to their needs, understands their concerns and devises a business-enabling environment. 

 

Expertise and Insight to Get the Job Done

 

Developing, deploying and managing an impactful IT model requires a level of expertise many organizations lack internally. Additionally, many IT teams do not have the time to manage the environment for the long term. Experienced data center teams deal with data center operations across multiple businesses daily and can also offer insight into IT trends, emerging technologies and best practices to promote cutting-edge solutions.  

The data center team also continuously manages and regularly maintains critical equipment and services. Internal IT teams have other IT obligations and may struggle to find the time to maintain their enviornments on their own. As a result, managing and maintaining the environment can fall to the wayside, exposing the organization to system outages, outdated applications, end-of-life equipment and more. A third-party data center provider ensures regular maintenance schedules and ongoing management to deliver a more consistent, reliable, high-performing service level.

 

Balancing Cost and Service to Drive Value

 

Cost, of course, plays a crucial role in every decision. However, it should not be the be-all and end-all. The right solution should balance cost with service to drive value for the organization. A low price point is futile if it does not satisfy the needs of the organization and strengthen its operations.   

Ultimately, the right services and partners allow organizations to effectively address needs, solve problems and deliver a consistent performance that can pivot with a changing business landscape to drive long-term success. 

 

Join us for our FlexTalk with Stephen Myers, SVP of Technology Services for PharMerica -  BrightSpring Health Services, to learn how Flexential met their diverse needs with a hybrid approach to IT.

Watch OnDemand