8 early warning signs of IT disaster

The same systems keep breaking, shadow IT is on the rise, ideas are no longer flowing — sure misfortune awaits those who ignore early indications of impending IT doom.

8 early warning signs of IT disaster
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There may be something rotten in your IT department, and if you don't deal with it soon you could have a disaster on your hands.

Things may look fine now. But the warning signs are already there; you just haven't noticed them yet.

The network is suddenly glitchy, simple problems are taking longer to fix, and some things just keep breaking over and over. Every massive code release is followed by a blizzard of bug fixes. Shadow IT is now business as usual. And you're the last one to hear about changes in business strategy.

By the time your staff walks out, your website goes offline, your users have spun up their own data centers in the cloud, and hackers have put your customer records up for sale on the darknet, it's too late.

Here are the early warning signs of potential doom — and how to stave them off. Ignore them at your peril.

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