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Developing IT Infrastructure Resiliency in Industry 4.0

By Nikhil Sonawane - July 21, 2022 4 mins read

Building digital resiliency should be one of the top priorities of enterprises to gain a competitive edge and ensure business continuity. 

Industry 4.0 has forced businesses to embrace cloud transformation in their IT infrastructure to ensure flourishing business. In such a competitive environment, enterprises that are able to develop trust with internal and external stakeholders and strengthen their IT infrastructure resilience are able to get a competitive advantage. The hybrid workforce is the new normal and imposes a substantial amount of challenges on the work processes. 

Disruption due to the IT infrastructure will hamper workforce productivity and efficiency. Enterprises need to integrate robust tools like AI to identify issues and take immediate action to reduce the IT infrastructure disruption occurrences to have a minimal impact. CIOs should consider developing a robust tech stack to enhance the IT infrastructure resilience. Here are a few ways to build IT infrastructure resilience:

Create diverse IT infrastructure

Industry 4.0 has forced enterprises to embrace digital transformation irrespective of their size. A few businesses have integrated a single cloud or CDN provider into their infrastructure, but this approach has resulted in costly business impacts due to downtime. Enterprises that have a very diverse infrastructure by using a mix of two or more providers with distributed footprints will have minimized latency because of the reduced gap.  This approach will ensure businesses have other backups available even if one vendor is facing downtime. 

Prioritize setting an effective digital resilience framework

Enterprises that have proactive planning frameworks instead of reactive response frameworks to have a competitive advantage. Businesses need to prioritize investing in robust digital infrastructure that enhances business resilience. CIOs should consider collaborating with policymakers and industry veterans to strengthen digital commitment and capabilities. Organizations that embrace information and communication technologies (ICT) to develop a digital economy and accelerate digital resilience will boost the recovery process and ensure speedy economic recovery. 

Also Read: Three Key Strategies for CIOs Building Resilient Enterprises

Develop IT architecture resiliency

It is crucial for IT industry veterans to design and deploy resiliency into the IT architecture itself. They can achieve this by deploying instances and payloads to all geographical locations. Enterprises can develop resilient systems by streamlining what they can to meet the expectations. This approach will ensure that the resources are not overburdened with tasks. For instance, integrating automation for the incident, response, and change management will help to develop resiliency. 

CIOs should consider designing site reliability engineering (SRE) principles and practices for IT infrastructure and work processes to develop reliable and scalable systems. Designing and implementing a robust framework with effective principles, technologies, and approaches will help enterprises architect more resilient IT infrastructure. It is a perfect way for digital-native businesses to enhance their resilience against disruptive events to gain a competitive edge. 

Industry 4.0 has forced enterprises to embrace speed, agility, data centricity, decentralization, constant integration, and delivery to enhance business abilities to suffice the future needs of the organizations in a more comprehensive approach. Organizations need to have more product-centric approaches to ensure a strategic method to support IT infrastructure resilience. Businesses of every size, type, and industry have integrated cloud architecture into their IT infrastructure. CIOs should consider evaluating unique cloud capabilities to bank on and enhance organizations’ capabilities to be more resilient and agile. 

Remain vigilant

As technology and business needs evolve, organizations are more exposed to various risks. CIOs should consider evolving the IT infrastructure resiliency practices too. Enterprises need to evaluate the business processes to determine the potential business disruption risks, the impact of the risk, its criticality, intensity, and its potential value. Businesses that are able to clearly understand the current state of the IT infrastructure will be able to determine their capabilities to respond to the potential disruptions. CIOs should consider developing an effective response plan to mitigate the threats and ensure an efficient change management process. 

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AUTHOR

Nikhil Sonawane

Nikhil S is a Tech Journalist with OnDot Media. He is a media professional with eclectic experience in communications for various technology media brands. He brings his eye for editorial detail and keen sense of language skills to every article he writes.

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