What challenges do IT leaders face today?

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What challenges do IT leaders face today?

By Drew Morley
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Technology and business is going through a fundamental change. IT leaders are facing new challenges every day and it is not going to stop any time soon. Trends and buzzwords continue to develop – whether it be IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Cloud, Digital Transformation… the list is never ending.

At Custodian Data Centres, we work alongside some of the greatest IT leaders. Those who can adapt and deliver in such testing times for their prospective businesses. So what exactly are the challenges they face today? What areas can we expect IT leaders to be prepared to address in the coming year?

Talent

Many of our customers at Custodian are based in Kent and both attracting and retaining staff is one of their biggest tasks. With London on Kent’s doorstep, keeping a pace with the vast amount of opportunities and higher salaries causes major issues.

Whilst this may not sound like a new challenge for the IT leader, or any leader in fact, it’s certainly a different proposition to what it may have been say, 20 years ago. The younger employee of today is seeking more culture, more engagement and more career progression. Something leaders will have to outline from the off if they wish to attract and retain.

Data, data and more data

Again, this is nothing new. However, it is still an issue as we grow into a world that is driven by data. According to an article in Forbes, by 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human on our planet.

Data is growing and it will not stop. What’s more, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance set to come in by May 2018 – do the IT leaders and their organisations comply with the regulation that penalises them for not following the framework to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU?

Cyber Security

IT leaders will do well to stay fully aware of the current security risks they face. Securing their business and monitoring security to ensure they are as best protected from breaches as possible should be at the top of their agendas.

They say that staff are the company’s biggest asset, but also their biggest weakness. IT leaders should look to implement security strategies including staff training and meetings, regularly, to ensure all employees are as best aware about security safety as possible.

Summary

The world is changing and information technology is changing. These are just some of the many big challenges IT leaders will face from this day on. As a data centre, Custodian is helping businesses save money, time and resources – all of which they would need to build their own in-house systems to handle their data.