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Top Challenges for Tech Leaders in 2021

In 2021, technology leaders have been pulled in a variety of directions – demands from senior leaders, employees, and in-house IT staff, as well as technological initiatives, cause a strain on their resources. Let’s take a closer look at top challenges for technology leaders in 2021.

CTOs Are Juggling Digital Transitions to the Cloud

This year, several companies are prioritizing plans to move to a cloud-based IT infrastructure. Gartner recently published reports stating that by 2023, 75% of all databases will be on a cloud platform. CTOs need to stay ahead of the curve by ensuring that they have a strong network security strategy to support these changes.

Managing these types of major overhauls can be challenging in itself – CTOs should consider supplementing IT teams with managed network services. This allows them to focus on their digital transformation while the experts make sure the network is secure and consistently up and running.

Remote Work Is Here To Stay

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work environments have been on the upswing – and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. A survey recently published by Citrix-OnePoll found that 52% of employees said they want a hybrid model where they can choose to work remotely or from the office each day, while 16% indicated they have no interest in returning to the office and would prefer a permanently remote role. Remote work is now the new workplace reality.

Current research found that 58% of companies surveyed have struggled with having sufficient IT resources to scale their work-from-home operations. With this kind of demand, technology leaders will need to be ready to implement new or update existing work from home solutions. They will also need to pay close attention to their firewall and endpoint security solutions and ensure there are unified communication and collaboration tools in place to support these distributed work environments.

In-House IT Teams Can’t Keep Up With Technology Demands

Many companies are placing greater demands on their in-house IT teams. A recent survey revealed the challenges that these companies face: 54% battled inflexible technology infrastructure and 46% cited the capabilities of their IT service partners. That’s why it’s important that IT teams have the support they need. Extra IT support can help take the weight off their shoulders while making sure the company is meeting its technological goals.

CISOs Need Better Insights To Protect Company Data Against Cyberattacks

CISOs (chief information security officers) are struggling to understand application and workload data, which impacts their ability to keep company data secure. The latest Global Security Insights Report survey found that 63% of respondents agree they need better visibility over data and apps to pre-empt attacks. In addition, 60% of these respondents also shared that their senior leadership team feels increasingly worried about bringing new applications to market because of the growing threat and damage of cyberattacks. To avoid these issues, CISOs can work with an MSP (managed services provider) to develop a managed security strategy. The right partnership will give CISOs better insights into their company data and create enterprise-level security that will help put senior leadership teams at ease.