Transformation is the trending buzzword in the IT space, but question marks remain around the visibility that professionals have over devices, systems and applications currently undergoing this process. This oversight is particularly crucial in the era of rapid change. The Covid-19 pandemic era for example presided over a drastic shift in working practices, bringing remote strategies to the fore, while consumption of products is moving into the digital space. Keeping tabs on all devices is pivotal to maintaining compliance, resilience and the ability to provide optimum customer service.
Considering cloud complexity
Cloud migration remains one of the biggest transformations currently in the IT industry. The global market value of the cloud computing industry is set to reach just shy of $600bn by 2023, as small and medium enterprises look to take advantage of big data, AI and machine learning. Now, using multiple cloud providers has increasingly become the standard, with many using a mix of both public and private clouds in a hybrid model. However, spreading out the IT estate can be problematic, with oversight of every element a complex and time-consuming undertaking.
With human resources busy enabling positive change in the business, technology needs to bring monitoring capabilities to these developments. Monitoring is essential to minimise disruption and ensure a seamless customer experience, while also enabling maintenance of regulatory standards and compliance. The risks posed by breach of regulatory compliance are significant and well documented, including hefty fines and reputational damage.
2021 data shows that data breach costs rose to an average total of $4.24 million, which was the highest ever on record. The report also discovered that costs were much higher for businesses that fell behind in areas such as security, AI, automation and cloud security. Alongside the financial damage, reputation can also take a hit, particularly for those in heavily regulated industries such as finance and healthcare where fines can be significant.
The complete toolkit for oversight
Maintaining jurisdiction and oversight over IT transformation is now critical for CTOs and CIOs. However, management across numerous devices can be a daunting and laborious task, especially with a matrix structure. How can they achieve the oversight needed with a modern IT suite?
Enter Cloudhouse Guardian. This solution provides a centralised view and unambiguous assessment of every element across a comprehensive IT suite. Any compliance and change management issues can be detected quickly, enabling quick fixes to be made. Omnipresence facilitates an effective level of oversight on the most complex transformation projects, while having data in one easy-to-access place also helps to bring disparate teams together.
Comparisons made between different environments across the estate help professionals gain clarification on where they are on their migration journey. Full visibility of tracking, testing and deployment of updates can enable potential issues to be identified before they arise. Compatibility across server, desktop and networks plus multiple vendors means the solution provides full peace of mind for those working with hybrid cloud systems.
Policy and permissions setting also provides another layer of protection for CTOs and CIOs. To help pre-empt compliance problems before they occur, policies can be selected from the Center for Internet Security’s 20 critical security controls, which cover the requirements of regulations such as PCI DSS and SOX. Automatic compliance is made possible with policies aligning to best practice configuration. Businesses can essentially set up an early warning system thanks to automated health checks, enabling misconfigurations to be caught before they are exploited.
Never missing a trick
IT transformation can include a minefield of different processes across a range of devices. Without technology-driven oversight, CTOs, CIOs and other professionals are left vulnerable to the potential of a regulatory or change management issue slipping by unnoticed. With Cloudhouse Guardian, professionals have a powerful solution that provides complete visibility of the most complex IT suites, enabling them to move forward with confidence when it comes to transformation projects.
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