The role of the IT manager has changed significantly in the last five years as things like virtualized servers and the use of iPads and Android smartphones have become commonplace in the business world. According to a recent CIO survey, over half of IT managers spent more time in 2010 than in 2009 planning their strategic IT goals instead of focusing on running the IT department that lay within their walls.
It’s a common occurrence now to hear IT managers talk about the change in the industry as things like VPS, social media and smartphone technology make IT environments significantly different than they once were. Instead of being able to focus on the physical technology in front of them, manage staffing issues and streamline the processes already in place in a business, IT managers are now being called upon to create strategies for the future, often using new and untested technological options.
For some, this has meant a foray into unknown territory while for others it has meant a return to basics. In many cases, for example, smartphone security is not on par with the sensitivity of applications or data, making their use outside the company to access data inside prohibitive. The same is true of virtual servers – while many virtual server companies receive a great deal of hype, these VPS options are not always the most efficient for companies, especially if they run small physical servers or are unsure of how to best move their data.
Going forward, it is clear that dedicated VPS providers with high levels of efficiency and security will be necessary in order to increase the ROI for many IT managers looking to plan for the futures of their companies.