IT Managers must help their organizations make intelligent choices when embracing new technologies. To be successful in this role, IT Managers must stay up to date on the newest technology trends such as cloud, analytics, mobility, convergence and virtualization.  This can be a challenge in many IT departments where IT managers must wear multiple hats and often don’t have the time to keep an eye on the current technology landscape. The second challenge is for IT Managers to ask the right questions that can help their organizations decide on which technologies to embrace now and which to avoid until later.

Here are five useful tips to help IT Managers stay up to date and help with choosing the right technology for the business:

  1. Set time aside

One of the most important things is to find time to research. Schedule time in your daily calendar to learn how to use new technology. Whether it’s trying a new operating system or trying a new tablet set time aside to get your hands dirty and try new tech.

  1. Find IT innovators in your space and follow them

Find and follow early adopters on Linkedin, Twitter and tech blogs, as well as subscribing to newsletters to gain insight on new technology trends and find out which trends are receiving the most attention. You can also create Google alerts that will email articles with relevant content as soon as soon as they are published.

  1. Attend tech conferences and events

Attend conferences like the iTech conference or ITAC events and virtual summits. Conferences, events and virtual summits will allow you to meet IT professionals and provide an opportunity to find out how they solve problems you may have as well. If your schedule does not permit you to go physically, then attend a virtual summit.

Check out the iTech Conference for more information on next conference dates.

Also check out the ITAC Blog, the voice of Canada’s information technology community.

  1. Tap into your network

You may have more resources at your disposal than you imagine such as professionals in your Linkedin network, family, friends and coworkers. You can also join or create a Slack or WhatsApp group with your professional network and post a lot of questions to learn more. This is comparable to having a team of consultants.

  1. Seek online courses and credentials

There are plenty of online courses to take to stay up to date available at Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera or join a professional organization such as ITAC or CIPS to acquire industry certifications and stay up to date on all new regulations and best practices.