Corporate regulations and compliance have changed radically to fit the online world we now live in. They are highly likely to change again in the future to respond to new challenges and it is vital that organisations are able to make fixes fast. The penalties for non-compliance are serious now but will soon become a game-changer. For example, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) could levy fines of up to £20m or 4% of your turnover.
Systems Integration is not a topic typically discussed at the dinner table or even in the Board Room. Like the plumbing that underpins the functionality of your bathroom, integration is either the unsung hero, or the ticking time-bomb waiting to wreak havoc on all your plans for business change.
A lot of things are built every day in every corner of the globe, from enormous skyscrapers to tiny plastic widgets and they are mostly useful things that are built efficiently with the end customer in mind. Many Information Technology (IT) things are also being built but it seems to be a little harder to quantify how efficiently they are built and how useful they are going to be. There often seems to be a disconnect between what the users want and what is delivered.
Unfortunately, IT demand is notoriously difficult to plan, particularly for fast moving industries where the business priorities change on almost a daily basis. The tendency is for IT teams to oversimplify or inwardly focus their demand management process because painting a more accurate picture is a complicated affair. The impact of this is that IT is either grossly over or under manned to deal with the incoming challenges and is viewed either as an overblown and expensive department full of geeks twiddling their thumbs or, as incompetent butterflies who are always working on the wrong things and never getting the important stuff done.