As more and more businesses become technology-driven, the pressure on IT departments is increasing. Gone are the times when a typical day mostly consisted of resolving helpdesk queries and optimizing the user experience.
Company board executives look to technical advancements to help achieve business goals and it’s down to IT departments to check compatibility and ensure smooth deployment.
Plus, existing applications need to be upgraded constantly, but before implementation, IT pros must ensure that the update won’t impact negatively on current systems. Worryingly, this small window between a new release announcement and actual roll-out can leave your business open to exploitation by hackers. Malicious agents can strike with denial of service attacks, introduce ransomware, capture sensitive data and, in extreme cases, even cripple your business operations.
All this activity is taking place against a backdrop of a global IT skills shortage. Recruiting and retaining skilled IT professionals is more difficult than ever before. The case has never been stronger for businesses to ‘grow their own’ IT talent and extend the breadth of skills across their IT departments.
How do you ensure your IT personnel are keeping pace with the ever-changing IT landscape? Do they have the opportunity to test and experiment before deploying new applications and updates – without compromising your live systems?
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