As the economy becomes ever more globalized, companies need to build out IT infrastructure and install software at all of their locations worldwide,
which makes it harder to share information swiftly and securely.
Global IT governance at your company headquarters will enable you to build effective IT systems that can generate synergy.
To this end, it is crucial for the headquarters and global locations to be connected via secure IT infrastructure and to share information closely.
To do this, it is important that the headquarters and overseas locations are connected with a secure IT infrastructure and that information is closely coordinated.
Companies must achieve global IT governance and aim for overall optimization with their headquarters at the center, as opposed to partial optimization at each location.
In the past, many companies built IT infrastructure separately and installed different software at each worldwide location. This leads to detrimental effects, such as difficulties in sharing information smoothly; more time needed to build environments when establishing, merging, or reorganizing locations; and increased investment costs. It is also harder to implement security policies, thereby preventing the headquarters from correctly managing all activities. Strengthening governance is essential for both offensive and defensive IT strategies.
If there are multiple locations overseas, etc.
Each location has a uniquely built infrastructure platform,
meaning that it takes time to build the environment when establishing a new location, or when merging or reorganizing existing locations.
This leads to delays in starting up businesses.
Basic applications for email, scheduling, online meetings, file servers, and other services are different at each location,
preventing smooth linkage of information and communication.
A corporation may acquire a local company and merge systems with it to achieve synergy, but end up spending a lot of time in this process, causing delays in launching the business.
Alternately, the location may have communication tools that differ from those used at the headquarters, making it hard to collaborate and causing disappointment regarding the effectiveness of the acquisition.
A virtual wide area network (SD-WAN) enables you to deploy and manage rules uniformly across all locations,
and it flexibly adapts to changes in the network following merges or business reorganizations.
Implementing the same cloud services for all locations makes it easy to share data and documents,
enables information to be shared swiftly, and maximizes synergy at a global scale.
Significant costs are incurred when each worldwide location independently invests in system resources, leading to redundant investments and losses owing to fragmentation.
In such a case, worldwide locations are also saddled with the burden of operational management.
A company may allow local personnel to implement a low-cost system without considering ways to link with other locations,
which ultimately results in redundant costs due to installing a new solution.
Rather than leaving the system building work up to local personnel,
it is advisable to reduce needless investment by understanding each office's circumstances and investing in or expanding infrastructure by the necessary degree when needed.
You can reduce overall costs by implementing infrastructure services that can be centrally managed at the headquarters.
IT representatives are not stationed at worldwide locations, leading to uncertainty about security measures and other areas of IT management.
If the headquarters' security policy cannot be implemented, this leads to concerns about which actions to take following an incident, or how to respond to cyber attacks.
Staff members may use their own PCs for work, which might become infected with a virus by viewing a website outside of working hours.
This could lead to local news reports about secret information leakage, thereby damaging the corporate brand.
Inadequate IT security management and operations can result in heavy losses due to information leakage and other issues at worldwide locations.
To prevent incidents like these, it is of the utmost importance to employ a unified policy for IT management at worldwide locations,
and to ensure that the headquarters manage activities in a centralized manner.
By building a system that can be operated and managed remotely without the need for local representatives,
it is possible to minimize the security risks posed by such incidents.