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Business innovation is crucial to an organization. It can help you come up with new and efficient ways to provide a service/product and carry out day-to-day operations. With technology driving change in today’s world, almost every business has—or is interested in—cloud computing or desktop virtualization.

Selecting the right technology is only half the battle—it must be integrated with your services to scale business processes and meet all business-user needs. A sound infrastructure can ensure a lean end-to-end process, thus enabling innovation and business growth. An obsolete infrastructure can limit your business innovation capabilities. Here’s how:

1. Less focus on the core business

Without a proper IT budget-allocation, many companies tend to spend too much on low-skilled labor. This can impact innovation in two ways: First, by wasting budget on simple, monotonous tasks that can be done for less by vendors. Secondly, by keeping IT staff from scaling up to engage in business-critical functions that can help them focus more on business.

2. Less compute power to test new features

New business features need to be tested before being launched. Often, this requires a robust infrastructure with massive compute power. An obsolete infrastructure cannot provide you with enough computing power, which can lead to inefficiency in testing new features.

3. Loss of competitive edge

With an old server, not only are you lacking speed, but you’re also losing an edge to your competitors who can launch the products/services much faster into the market with their superior IT infrastructure.

4. Losing out on the best talent

If you want the best talent to work for you, you need to be able to offer them faster, efficient ways of working. People prefer to be associated with futuristic companies. An obsolete and slow environment can hinder their progress. Consequently, an outdated IT infrastructure, may turn off the best talent in the market.

5. Higher costs

An agile IT solution can speed things up and maintain quality at a low cost. For instance, when using a cloud platform, you can get the best and fastest IT while only paying for what you use. By contrast, a non-agile IT solution may not offer scalability and you may end up spending more.

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