As we look back on 2018 and celebrate all the successes, it's time to prioritize what comes next while looking toward 2019. As technology changes dramatically, the headlines still focus on the same themes: Security, Cloud, and Digital Transformation. In this blog article, I will review important "to do's" in the following three areas to help guide you and your organization on prioritizing your 2019 technology initiatives.
Every Veterans Day, I take a moment to reflect on the flag and the millions of veterans who have helped defend our principles. In peace time, they have trained and been ready for the worst, protecting us from potential threats and sending a message of our strength around the world. During a war, they have traveled to faraway places, been separated from their families, and put their lives on the line for our freedom.
Risk management is something I am passionate about. My mantra is "plan to win," which basically means, fear is the devil. Find a viable plan, communicate, and execute. Why? Because with excellent risk management, you can optimize teams to move more quickly - and focus on successful outcomes.
I spent a lot of time early in my career solving complicated problems related to security. In the late 1990's, I consulted as a civilian for the NSA to help automate the 'need-to-know' access of their internal web infrastructure and documentation. I followed that with some time as a Reserve Information Operations Officer for the U.S. Army, and then working for financial services companies including VISA during the birth of the PCI standards. Needless to say, the security field is one with overwhelming depth and it can be challenging for companies to make an iterative, incremental plan to become more secure.
The New Year is a great time to revisit your technology strategy. IT Strategy is getting more and more important every year - whether you are a software company who makes a living with technology or someone running a law firm or other small business - technology should be making you better. Far too often, however, we lose sight of our strategy dealing with the day-to-day bustle of running our business while keeping older systems running. The New Year is a great time to step back and revisit the key components of your IT strategy. Here are five strategic IT investments every company should be making in 2018: