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Guide to building a better IT team structure

How motivated are data center employees? The answer affects how IT organizations run, which affects the business, so break down silos and ensure a high level of camaraderie, satisfaction and connection to end users.


The data center is a space of business-critical daily operations. Is it also promoting innovation? Unhappy, unsatisfied or stifled IT employees can't enable business growth.

Training and staying up-to-date on hot IT skills will keep you ahead of the data center curve, whether looking for a new job or innovating in your current role.

To ensure a better work environment, check the IT team structure for missing links in the operation. Are silos oppressing growth? Are employees feeling undervalued? Have you considered other options, like DevOps, to boost productivity?

Here is what you should be looking for in an IT team structure, and some red flags that signal you're about to lose admins.

1Good employees cost more-

The value of data center staff

Keeping your employees engaged is paramount in a data center. When you become complacent, innovation and operations suffer. Consider a new IT team structure with additional roles and skills.


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Five IT skills that guarantee promotions, raises

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2IT team structure sits on top-

How solid is your IT team structure?

Without a proper IT team structure, your data center is likely to lose track of its mission and fall behind technologically. Don't let an unmotivated staff lead to unproductivity. Here are a few way to ensure the data center succeeds, without jeopardizing your job with risky moves.


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Lose the hierarchy, gain self-directed work teams

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IT is the ticket to better business

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3What your IT shop culture says-

Surrender silos, develop DevOps

You may be comfortable with silos in your data center, but they are likely stifling productivity and growth. Implementing DevOps will improve your IT team structure through collaboration. It all starts with culture.


Silos stunt data center development

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Employ a unified DevOps culture

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Drama-free DevOps in your data center

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Is DevOps ever a bad thing?

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Take up ITIL service management

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4Words to live by-

IT team lingo

As you change the IT team structure, adopt the lingo of DevOps and ITIL.

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