Improve Tech Planning by Avoiding these 3 Common Mistakes
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve already read how DevOps can help you achieve quarterly goals. But simply having a DevOps process isn’t enough. Winning your quarterly goals requires planning, research, and execution. Planning isn’t always easy, but a little forethought can easily prevent these common tech mistakes:
1. Out-of-Date Software and Hardware
Minimizing downtime is always a key imperative. Out-of-date software and hardware make that much harder. The older it is, the more difficult and expensive it is to find people who can work on it. And, at some point, it will need to be replaced. So, it often makes sense to be proactive about those improvements / replacements so your team and your customers can begin enjoying the benefits of reliable, modern technology as soon as possible.
Incorporating regular updates into your quarterly planning cycle helps make sure they are not overlooked or deprioritized.
2. Not Keeping Backups and Not Checking Your Process
Your company is reliant on the data generated and collected by your tech infrastructure. Failing to have a tested, proven backup process in place when disaster strikes can be a death sentence for any company. Investing in the appropriate off-the-shelf solutions and/or service providers can safeguard against that extinction level event.
Even if your data is backed up, are you confident in your ability to get everything back online? How quickly could you get that done? What would the impact be of that lost time? Having processes in place to support data backup is just as important as the backed up data itself.
3. Not Planning for User Training
This mistake is painfully common. Plans to revolutionize your operation with new software are approved and the corresponding impact is baked into the strategic plan. You schedule all the needed time for development, testing, and edits. But end user training is completely overlooked.
No matter how intuitive that transition may seem to be, training will always be needed. Gaining end user adoption will be exponentially more difficult if users aren't confident in how it relates to their specific roles. The investment in the new tech will have been wasted and the growth it was expected to generate will have to be found elsewhere.
Phil is Aspirant's Managing Director of the App Development & Integration practice with a focus on providing enterprise-grade solutions. His 30 years of experience have given him the opportunity to work across many markets, industries, and applications. Phil is leading a team of skilled web and mobile developers building strategic solutions for our customers.