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10 Things You Should Know about ‘Fast IT’

Remember the good ole days of the simple information superhighway? Well, those days are gone and have been replaced by the push for a “Fast IT.” In a world dependent upon the fastest response times, Scott Matteson, writing for TechRepublic, lays out ten things that need to happen in order to implement Fast IT:

  1. Think, plan, and respond in a new way.
  2. Center around the Internet of Things and the cloud.
  3. Data is essential.
  4. Simplification is the backbone.
  5. Security is still integral.
  6. It should complement shadow IT.
  7. It’s based on the agile mindset.
  8. Infrastructure needs to improve.
  9. Cisco is a frontrunner.
  10. It will not entirely replace core IT.

Faster IT for Faster Times

Under a mindset for a Fast IT, it is useful to use new technology to build newer technology. This is a self-perpetuating cycle that is dependent upon a plethora of tools and factors. Fast IT relies heavily upon exploiting the Internet of Things (IoE) and the cloud for its own advantage. The product of IoE, Fast IT is helping to move towards systems that have the ability to monitor company processes and to grow in priority.

When searching for where the problems in the infrastructure lie, data is the key to uncovering it. Data helps to build and answer needs; it is the cornerstone to providing meaning to all the “nifty gadgets.” Complexity is the dark-masked fiend that prevents IT management from completing its job correctly. IT by nature breeds complexity, but Fast IT is designed to combat this and bring the complex realm down to a more manageable one that is flexible and rapidly responds.

Fast IT is a primary component in fighting to keep company data and resources secure. It must bear in mind the importance of security while also understanding how to successfully implement it for its own needs. This is true of how it treats shadow IT as well. Shadow IT is a tactic in which people attempt to forgo utilizing IT and they implement their own resources, service, and devices. Basically, people seek to take advantage of “do it yourself” technologies rather than go to a busy IT. Fast IT is designed to help avoid a scenario in which a VP creates a blog and forgets to secure it; they can work together.

Experimentation is key, and modern toolkits and loosely scripted languages are the apparatuses that implement it. Fast IT works with this agile mindset and focuses on the dynamic, nimble IT professional. It helps to implement a means of communication that involves the user in the feedback process. However, Fast IT is centered on hefty ideas and requires a solid backbone to support it. Infrastructures need to adapt to handle more storage, greater computational power, and faster connectivity that is more reliable.

Of all of the companies out there, Cisco has the best grasp on Fast IT. They have taken the time to interpret the results and implement a successful Fast IT program and have become the pinnacle guide for other companies. In spite of this rush to change though, there are some aspects of traditional IT that remain important and will never go away. Rather than fretting over choosing one over the other, IT professionals should shift their focus to using both in parallel, because Fast IT is merely a tool to expand capabilities.

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