To ensure the productivity and security of your business, you need to deploy your apps and systems in a stable environment where the effects of negative factors are minimized. Here are the essential requirements for the corporate IT environment.
1. High-speed and safe interaction (data exchange between various modules of ERP, between the accounting system and CRM, between sites and CRM, etc.)
Each app and system module is highly specialized, and it is important to customize their interconnection so that the data protected from interception.
Let me explain this interaction with an example: an order is received through the website → CRM system captures it, and the sales manager processes the order → the order is added to the accounting system and then to the ERP.
2. Easy system management
The IT environment where your systems are deployed should be intuitive and straightforward in terms of management, configuration and support.
3. Secure remote connection for access from anywhere in the world (remote offices, remote employees, business trips)
Secure remote access to corporate infrastructure is vital these days. It's a fairly typical situation when you have to waste time, and often money, waiting for an urgent response from a partner or customer because they are on vacation, on sick leave, on a local business trip, abroad, and so on. To eliminate the risk of such losses, establish remote access via a secure channel to connect to the company's IT environment. This way, you’ll stay in touch anywhere in the world and under any circumstances.
Remote access to the corporate IT environment is crucial if your business is works in multiple regions or continents, or if some of your employees work remotely. Staying in touch and operating in a single environment is essential if you want your business to grow and generate profits.
4. Infrastructure Data Security
It is a significant risk that is often overlooked by many. Attempts to hack your corporate systems are a rule, not an exception. All URLs on the Internet are checked by malicious bots almost daily to find vulnerabilities. You can't see this with the naked eye; often, it does not affect the system's performance. However, this almost always leads to the worst consequences. Imagine that one day your client base suddenly ends up in the hands of your unscrupulous competitor. To prevent this, think about how to provide reliable protection for your IT environment.
5. Independence from physical factors, such as power or internet outages etc.
If the operation of the system is interrupted, the processing of information is slowed down, and, as a result, the company's business processes freeze. Downtime is always too expensive for businesses, which is why you should take measures to prevent it.
6. Data duplication to prevent data loss in case of fires, illegal actions, etc.
Unfortunately, many companies overlook this possibility. However, no one is safe from an accidental fire, a flood or intruders. Data loss within all systems and drives can drive a company to bankruptcy if critical data is affected.
7. Data recovery for unforeseen circumstances
Make sure to organize the possibility of a quick recovery in case of any failures. We tend to always hope for the best, but a wise approach is to prepare for any developments, especially negative ones.
*8. Flexible scalability
Any person in business will tell you that it's hard to predict when you will need to expand your infrastructure. This depends entirely on your business growth. However, infrastructure scaling must be easy and convenient to adapt quickly. It's reasonable to guarantee the possibility of IT infrastructure scaling from the get-go.
9. Reasonable price
This is the last point on the list for a good reason – it is like a summary. The company's internal infrastructure is its health. Health is not something you should try to save money on. However, it is also fair to say that you shouldn’t dive into business with extra costs. Therefore, the project budget should be enough to allow you to choose the best solution, but at the same time, remain within the limits of reasonable cost-effectiveness.
We have listed mandatory requirements for an IT infrastructure, the implementation of which will ensure the stability and reliable functioning of your business. The lack of any of these points can lead to disastrous results for the entire company.
Let’s consider the main options for infrastructure deployment and analyze the pros and cons of these options. I'll share a little life hack that I use not only in business but also in life. If I have several options to choose from, I draw two columns on paper and put down the pros and cons of each option. The one with more pros is obviously the best option among those considered. It’s quite simple.