Imagine one day you go out to discover your car is not working. You have the car towed to a repair shop where it is inspected by a mechanic. He concludes that there are various things wrong with the car that are going to cost you thousands of dollars. When you ask him how you could have prevented these issues, he tells you that routine maintenance would have prevented them.
This is no different with your information technology network. Why wait for something to break when you can implement a strategy and procedures to ensure your IT network is running smoothly and securely? If only you had a roadmap planned out for your car’s maintenance, you could have prevented this costly expense.
In today’s ever-changing world of technology, being proactive in your IT strategy is key to your business plan. Often times, companies find themselves having to react after IT problems arise opposed to being proactive by implementing a professionally-designed IT plan. These experts work with your business to implement processes, procedures and tools that are specific to your business needs and make recommendations, system fixes and updates before problems occur.
Here are four ways being proactive can save your company time, money, and headaches.
Plan your network
A roadmap helps companies navigate through the correct technology investments, maintenance plans, and ultimately produce key results for your business. This is a collaborative and strategic plan to make sure you network is running efficiently and customized to meet your company’s goals and objectives. This plan helps your network specialists navigate through your network, lending helpful insight into the success of your company.
Plan for the unexpected
Every business needs to be prepared for emergencies such as power failures, security breaches, data loss or other disasters that could damage accounts and cause customers to question credibility. By implementing a long-term plan, you are able to prevent the kind of damaging impact a downtime event could have on your business and be able to call upon your designed process to get you up and running again with little inconvenience.
According to the 2015 IHS Market study, North American companies lose up to $700 billion a year related to IT outages. This includes a 78 percent loss in employee productivity. The total revenue loss from employees’ inability to access core systems during the outage period marks only the start of the negative domino effect that will cause business disruption and financial impacts. With a IT service plan, downtime situations are handled immediately and systems are restored rapidly.
Plan for costs
Many IT budgets consist of hardware costs, software and network costs, cloud service costs, labor, and maintenance, to name a few. Companies can be outsourcing all these items to various vendors. With a roadmap of service costs and needs, you have a better idea of what costs will be associated with your network and you can be better prepared when an incident occurs.
Plan for change
As technology evolves, so should your business. Many small IT staffs can feel overburdened with maintaining the company’s whole network, assisting with all employee needs, and finding the best technology solutions. This is where a managed IT service can help. Having an extra team of IT experts available who understand your business will help troubleshoot and remediate issues that arise without your business skipping a beat. These experts are on call to answer any questions, help your company stay up to date with the latest technology trends and create solutions that ensure uptime and profitability for your business.