4 Questions to Ask If You’re Considering IT Virtualization

September 22nd, 2016
Liz Hoscheid
Liz HoscheidSr. Digital Marketing Manager

Depending on the nature of your business, the depth of your IT resources, and the distribution of your staff, IT virtualization can either be like hitting a 9th-inning home run for your business or a solid double in the fifth. That’s because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all for IT virtualization, and the type of virtualization you land on—from virtual desktops to network monitoring—needs to be a tailored decision.

If you’re considering a business case for virtualizing your company’s technology, here are four important questions to consider:

How app-happy and device-dependent are my employees?

Your company’s users may be highly focused on apps for communication, data entry, analytics, design, or transaction management. If that’s the case, running virtual desktop services could be a great way to minimize the impact of software upgrades and protect applications from being compromised. Beyond applications, consider the devices that your employees put to use most. If they often switch between desktops, tablets, ultrabooks or smartphones to capture and access data, IT virtualization may make those transitions more seamless—which could save your team both time and frustration.

Do I have sufficient IT resources to go it alone?

If your company is constantly struggling to fight IT fires or calling for outside consultants to fix outages, you’ll likely benefit from reliable network monitoring services. That would allow you stop managing your technology reactively, and instead contract with a company to monitor your network and maintain it proactively. In other words: less time scrambling to handle IT and more time running your core business.

How does my company collaborate and share files?

Imagine you’re an accounting firm, and you have onsite as well as remote employees who work from home. To facilitate file sharing and safeguard important files, you have to back up your local files regularly on a file server. It’s time consuming and requires you to stop work for about an hour every afternoon. Sound familiar?

Managed file storage, with systems like Office 365, OneDrive, or SharePoint, helps your business share files internally and can make sharing data with clients or partners easy and secure as well. You can control who has access to files, not only to read them but to edit and delete them as well.

How can I integrate insights from everywhere?

Many businesses naturally embrace departmental technologies to support different business groups. But those tailored solutions can make it hard to pass information from one department to another, or to use analytics engines to pull data from multiple repositories. IT virtualization can help break down some of those departmental silos, making it easier to identify company-wide insights and make informed decisions on the strategic direction of your business.