Change is coming to Canada’s business community at a pace that is unprecedented, bringing with it challenges and opportunities for IT decision makers nation-wide. This is particularly true for businesses in Montreal, who face the perfect storm of proposed tax reforms, dramatic currency fluctuations, and debate about whether and how to exploit Canada’s oil resources. These macro-economic issues create uncertainty and unpredictability across the region.

For IT decision makers, lack of clarity at board level can mean that budgets and business plans are delayed or put on hold. Meanwhile the demands placed on IT will only continue to escalate.

In life there is a saying that the only thing that is certain is death and taxes. The IT equivalent would be that the only thing you can be sure of is increased security threats and the need for agility.

Whilst Canada’s business leaders grapple with the options before them, this is the perfect time for IT decision makers to review their technology, policies and processes. Information technology life-cycle management can lead to greater business efficiencies; identifying better positioned co-location sites can save time and money, and updating data back-up and disaster recovery plans will provide peace of mind, whilst making a business more secure, leaner and fitter.

As technology moves forward at pace, so does the market in terms of third-party providers whom you can outsource specific aspects of your IT requirements. Contracts that used to be restrictive should now be flexible. Service providers should be able to support your business needs now and in the future with a range of technological solutions that can be tailored to your business. A one-size-fits-all approach no longer applies.

So whilst the Canadian Business World contemplates how to capitalise on the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow, we recommend that IT departments use any respite that this may generate to audit and review their current position, because things are going to get busy again very soon.

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