A successful business needs a robust, secure network that supports its business goals. How do you get all those things – successful business and a robust, secure network? By making sure the folks who handle the network are engaged in the company’s business goals discussion.

 

Network and Security Strategy and Business Goal Alignment

 

In many companies, the top brass sets the business goals and then communicates those goals to everyone else. When this type of planning occurs, all IT personnel can do is react to managment's goals.

 

If, however, you are part of management's business planning process – well, that’s a different story. You can help determine what can or can’t be done with the current network resources and skillsets. You can also help decide on the most cost-effective (always important!) ways to help management accomplish its goals.

 

For example, if one of your company’s goals is to increase its online business by 25% over the next year, what does that mean for network management? And what about for network security? Will your company be expanding its business in your own country, or overseas, or both? Can your current network strategy support this kind of expansion? Do you need to upgrade your network software or hardware? Should you beef up your security strategy to accommodate all the new customers and the new lines of products they’ll be ordering? And what about your skills? Will you need to upgrade them? Or add to your staff?

 

SolarWinds can help you help those decision makers make better business decisions. Take a look at the paper, Network Management for the Mid-Market, for more information on what you can do to be more proactive in aligning network management and security strategies with your company’s business goals.