Businesses should plan their IT architectures beyond a 12-month timeline, as technological advancements may likely catch them by surprise, according to a Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) study.
Seth Robinson, CompTIA director of technology analysis, said that shorter planning cycles for enterprise IT technologies would not allow companies to prioritize investments for different purposes. As IT becomes more complex, businesses should prepare for rapid changes.
Larger companies have used enterprise IT planning since the 1980s to save on costs. Smaller businesses can also do the same by hiring more professionals or expand their partnerships, according to Robinson. The process would be challenging, yet the IT industry’s status as a haven for high-paying jobs will make it easier to find new employees.
For instance, an enterprise architect earns a median base salary of $112,560, which makes it among the top 25 jobs in the U.S. The compensation is sometimes very attractive that applicants sign up for an A+ practice test to pass the certification exam and receive CompTIA accreditation, which is an important requirement for IT professionals.
The study based its findings on a survey of 500 companies in the U.S. in May. Only 34% of the respondents have business plans beyond 12 months, while around 36% believe that enterprise architectural planning will improve collaboration between their IT departments and other business divisions.
Flexibility serves as a simple reason for creating a long-term plan beyond one year, according to the study. Otherwise, enterprises will be unable to adjust to new digital trends in the future. Robinson believes that small- and medium-sized businesses should start considering the concept of enterprise architectural planning in their IT development. This will allow them to stay competitive and relevant.
A longer-term enterprise IT plan will help your business remain updated amid a constantly changing environment for digital technology.