Have you ever played a card game with a strong hand, but wished the deck had 53 cards so that you could win? Is that what it feels like in IT at the moment? A great set of IT teams working with disparate IT systems and manual processes that need a winning card?

Are any of these concerns on your mind right now? Rising IT costs with business stakeholders dissatisfied with how IT is supporting the business. An upcoming, time-consuming software audit. A recent all-hands to the pump security breach. A team in manual Windows 10 migration purgatory. A new industry compliance standard or an M&A project looming. The odds feel like they are against you. You don’t have an ace up your sleeve to give your teams the help they need to make it easier, and faster to win.

You could throw away the chips you have, do nothing, and wait to see the hand you are dealt. But what’s the impact on the business? What does that mean to the IT organization? What does that mean to you? You hold some of the cards, but you need a way to win every day, every week, every month and every year. Instead of waiting for fate to deal you the hand you need, it’s time to stack the deck in your favor.

Because of the fragmented way that we organize IT around functional expertise—IT service management, security, asset management and endpoint management—some of the challenges faced are self-inflicted. With experts choosing tools independently, we’ve unintentionally created IT islands. Teams without a common purpose using siloed tools that are complex to integrate and therefore difficult-to-use. In IT operations you need to allow teams to focus on innovation to solve business problems as well as enable continuous improvement for the ever-changing pace of the industry your organization operates in and this cannot be accomplished in siloes.

The truth is that IT teams cannot operate in vacuums. You need tools that give your teams a window into each other’s disciplines. They need to know the context of services, assets and security to the business to make IT effective. They need to pinpoint what assets to secure and manage to defend in depth. They need to detect breaches or risks and then respond proactively and immediately. They need to manage users from onboarding, role changes through to retirement. They need to be able to distribute software automatically when end users raise requests. They need to deliver amazing, secure user experiences. You must solve asset, endpoint security, and service management challenges for your teams with ease, and at speed or your job is on the line. You can’t do these things without unifying your IT.

It’s time to blur these functional lines and bring teams together. Work in a cohesive organization that cross-fertilizes and optimizes across IT rather than within IT teams. You need to stack the deck by pairing IT toolsets to create powerful outcomes. You need to streamline and automate processes removing tedious, low-value add operational tasks. You need the IT organization to win every challenge they face. You need to add value back to the business so that the rest of the business wants to play with you rather than bet against you.

Unified IT is more than interconnected IT; it’s about the outcomes that come with it. Unified IT brings free-flowing information so that teams become more operationally aware of their environment and other teams to see clearly risks, costs and opportunities. Unified IT automates processes and workflows across IT to deliver more satisfying and personalized experiences, faster. Unified IT speeds up work, freeing time to investigate new opportunities and new innovations. Unified IT enables the support of new strategic initiatives to create a competitive advantage for your business in spades.

Want to Know More?

If you are attending the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference in Las Vegas, you can visit us there or check out this page for more info. We’ll be talking about and demonstrating Unified IT solutions that enlightened IT pros are already reaping the benefits from. You can also hear from our experts who will be presenting a session titled Automate Your Operational Workflows to AWS and Other Clouds, on Wednesday, December 5 at 9:15am in the Veronese room 2404. And if that isn’t enough come along to our booth and try your hand at our own version of Casino Wars.

Not attending Gartner? Not a problem. Contact us and the Ivanti team can have a one to one chat with you to explain more and clear the path for your unification projects.