Lauren Suggett is Product Marketing Manager at Nitro. She is a Southern California native and had never used a real PDF editor before working at Nitro. You can find her demanding free samples in the cheese section at your local grocery store.
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IT professionals are constantly challenged to optimize systems, tools, and their own processes for agility to keep up with today’s tech-driven business landscape, and that includes adapting the way they evaluate and implement new applications, services, and software.
Through our interactions with prospects and customers from some of the largest organizations across the globe, we’ve identified the following five trends driving IT teams to improve in these areas as we head into 2017.
Success starts with simplicity
Most businesses will start 2017 with the aim of optimizing systems and processes for better productivity. But rather than taking a “boil the ocean” approach with large-scale overhauls, organizations are initiating projects where small but meaningful adjustments can yield great impact. For example, auditing different business workflows that still involve paper could reveal big opportunities for far-reaching productivity gains.
Deriving value from standardization
Many organizations have spent the past decade acquiring new tools, applications, and technologies just as quickly as they’re introduced, leaving IT with a glut of different solutions to manage and pay for. This year, businesses are seeking to improve productivity through standardization. The benefits apply to IT—who will have fewer tools to track, manage, and train on—and to end users, who will see better-established processes by which to accomplish workflows.
Focused tools enable focused users
Heavy, resource-intensive tools and systems are out—agile, lightweight applications are where it’s at for 2017. Organizations looking to improve productivity are seeking tools with focused features sets and simple interfaces that encourage broad adoption and frequent use for optimal impact.
Integrations should be the norm
The good thing about implementing focused, lightweight applications? They tend to play nice with each other. Opting for solutions that integrate means users can easily maneuver between tools at different stages of their workflows without disruption—a big win in the productivity department.
Partnerships, not transactions
With so many services operating on a SaaS model these days, good service providers are working to prevent churn by focusing on customer service more than ever. To drive productivity this year, savvy organizations are taking vendor evaluations beyond the product offering and honing in on the capacity for long-term partnerships that save re-negotiating and re-acquainting year after year. Although if you are having to re-negotiate, its probably best thinking about taking a negotiation course in order to up your skills and be sure you’re able to gain and keep those long-term partnerships.
By observing these trends, organizations seeking new IT assets can get a solid jump on what will undoubtedly be another busy year for IT.
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