If you’re a CIO, dealing with tighter budgets is probably a familiar challenge. But you may also find that you’re in the driver's seat when it comes to achieving organizational goals through technology. According to CIO.com, one key priority for CIOs in 2023 is doing more with less. Here are three strategies to help you get started.
- Optimize your network. Your network is the technology backbone of your organization, especially with the increased reliance on cloud-based products and services. Take stock of your current network in terms of reliability, performance, and scalability. Is it providing everything your organization needs? Has it been flexible enough as your organization grows and changes? Have users experienced regularly occurring issues or outages? Identifying areas for improvement can help you sure up your network for years to come.
- Rethink your voice solution. Many organizations will overlook their phone or voice system believing that new technology is a better investment. But the reality is that most customers prefer to reach out to an organization via phone versus other channels (like chat or email). So, it’s worth taking a closer look to determine how well your current voice solution is working for your business. If you’re still operating a traditional PBX system, you may want to consider transitioning to a VoIP phone solution. They can offer more advanced features than a standard phone system along with vendor oversight (built into a managed solution) that can save you time and money.
- Assess your network security. Over time, security can overlap as new solutions are added over existing ones. While sometimes redundancy can be helpful, other times it can just be a waste of money. Having your team take stock of current solutions, identify possible redundancies, and even research new security solutions on the market that might consolidate the functionality of existing products can help reduce security spend while advancing your actual security posture.
These are challenging times for CIOs facing tight budgets while spearheading tech-driven strategies. Optimizing your tech backbone—your network, voice and security solutions—can reduce overhead, reveal more advanced options, and set the stage for more successful strategic rollouts down the road.
Learn how about Frontier’s Managed Network Services, Integrated Voice and Managed Firewall solutions can help you achieve your goals this year.