Understanding Today’s Tech Environment
There are benefits and hazards to tech today. With technological advancements often comes greater operational efficiency and simplified business processes and customer experiences, however, it is imperative to maintain security as technology adapts. With technology developing as quickly as it does, this often means that disparate technological solutions define your operational environment. This can affect your network performance, leave enticing security gaps for cybercriminals, and reduce the reliability of your devices. As a result, you can’t just operate in a vacuum and simply do things “as you’ve always done them”.
As new innovations come, they will trickle down to tech companies, their clients, and the customers of those clients. But additionally, changes will trickle down to cybercriminal elements who have a stake in exploiting new innovations. Just as old vulnerabilities are patched up by new fixes, new ones develop. Sometimes a simple software upgrade can introduce new bugs into the system which go unnoticed for years, or until some hacker learns to use them.
Especially regarding software, you want to be right at the point where new versions develop and new patches become necessary. This will require both automated solutions, and technology integration. For example, an automated lab environment integrating technology can simulate operations, allowing users to avoid unexpected issues when a solution is rolled out in a production environment.
Expected Outcomes of Automated Solutions
Automation is gaining significant traction as a viable way to deliver business outcomes in an efficient fashion. Proper automation and technology integration is likely to yield a number of positive outcomes, including:
- Reduction of IT Costs
- Increased Operational Security
- Decreased Likelihood of Human Error
- Faster Implementation and Achievement of Business Outcomes
Even so, you’ve got integration issues to consider as you continuously update your systems. One way to make this work in your favor is through virtualized environments such as those built into Atrion’s Center of Excellence (CoE). This allows you to stage upgrades, patches, and new solutions in a way which exactly simulates how your live network works. When you can test integrated technology prior to implementation, you’ll achieve valuable results so you can make the correct business decision the first time. This works not just for infrastructure designs, but also for cybersecurity solution implementation. Integrated solutions have a great variety of benefit to your organization, and in a comprehensive way which covers multiple areas of operation.
Take training, for instance. New technology is going to be necessary as your business grows; with an automated solution in a virtualized environment, tech operatives can have hands-on experience, giving them greater ability in the field. Automated solutions can also help you experiment on these new tech solutions. You can use automation to run multiple hypothetical scenarios at once, making something as complicated as a process-of-elimination innovation hunt less time consuming and more manageable. In fields like engineering, such automated solutions can be absolutely fundamental.
The Importance Of Remaining Up-To-Date
Ultimately, the way you use integrated tech and automated solutions as they’re available today is up to you. Between cloud arrays that have more than a million servers, IoT, edge computing, and Big Data, there is a lot that can be done with these solutions today, and they deserve exploration.