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9 Signals From a Poor IT infrastructure

Many IT infrastructures have grown over the years into a spaghetti configuration. Changing the watch in IT management, departmental policies and proliferation of new system components gives both technologists and end users headaches and a lot of work. Here the most important signals that indicate that the IT infrastructure needs a thorough overhaul.

1. Manual entry of data

If applications or databases are incompatible, manual input is required. You then actually use people as interfaces. It keeps them from their actual work and when they make mistakes when entering, it leads to inconsistent data.

2. Many local solutions

When employees request task-specific applications, all kinds of additional interfaces must be built and installed. These interfaces not only slow down the business processes, but also increase training costs.

3. Overlapping programs

Working with redundant applications is at the expense of IT resources that can add demonstrably value. In addition, a lot of money is spent on licenses that offer little new functionality.

4. Redundant data

Often different applications use the same data, but are stored in different sources. Integration is impossible if the databases aren't compatible. And data synchronization with multiple databases is time-consuming and expensive.

5. A surplus of interfaces

The more interfaces, the more sensitive the total system and the more difficult maintenance becomes. Moreover, building interfaces draws a heavy burden on the available IT resources that are often scarce.

6. Cosmetic application integration

The interface dilemma appears to be soluble with a services bus or other form of middleware plus metadata. But with that you only hide the interfaces in the application integration (EAI), so the complexity remains.

7. Wood rope solutions

Temporary solutions to an acute problem often take on a permanent character. That makes systems vulnerable. Furthermore, maintenance costs increase if quick fixes are attached to each other with tape.

8. Outdated technology

The longer you use legacy technology, the harder it's to maintain and link to new software and hardware. This increases costs and reduces flexibility.

9. Unread improvement proposals

If many signals about the IT infrastructure are red, you can form a working group that needs to make improvement proposals, often assisted by external consultants. The problem is that not all parties involved read the reports, let alone follow the advice.

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