Do These 4 Things to Avoid Bad IT Situations
One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses is IT. More often than not, SMBs lack the strong IT leadership and plethora of resources that enable larger organizations to effectively manage their technology. While there are countless mistakes that SMBs can make regarding technology management and implementation, we’ve selected four that stand head and shoulders above the rest. These are the most costly mistakes your organization can make regarding its technology management.
It is easy to get carried away when the next big thing is announced, especially when everyone is jumping on board. We urge you to resist this temptation and ask yourself if this new technology is actually needed or if it is an impulsive investment. The more complicated your network becomes, the more avenues hackers have to infiltrate, and in general, there is more that can go wrong. Your business should not be implementing a solution that it cannot handle, either, so make sure that you only implement technology that aligns with both your operational goals and your budget.
Plan for Longevity
If your business is not planning with growth in mind, then you will inevitably fall behind your competition and threaten your continued operations. Any technology you choose to implement should be considered in the context of anticipated growth, i.e. how it scales over time to accommodate your organization’s future needs. On the other hand, longevity can also mean preparing to deal with worst-case scenarios like data breaches and natural disasters. Solutions like data backup and disaster recovery will go a long way toward ensuring that your company is not languishing in prolonged recovery processes. Trust us; you’ll be glad you implement these tools.
Don’t Skimp on Security
Many small businesses believe themselves to be immune to the dangers of cybersecurity, but this is a false assumption. They might think that a couple of months without a data breach or a password theft means that no one cares about their infrastructure and that they are not a big enough target to bother with. Nothing could be further from the truth. All businesses have valuable data that a hacker can steal for a profit. In fact, some simply want to see the world burn, and they will compromise networks, interfere with operations, and create chaos just for the laughs. Make no mistake; you are just as big a target as larger companies, so protect yourself like one.
Don’t Wait Until Things Go Wrong
When it comes to IT maintenance, it is better to take proactive measures than to react to issues as they crop up. Some businesses still rely on the break-fix approach to IT, a practice that threatens their continuity. If you only fix your technology when you experience problems, you are going to deal with unnecessary downtime and the costs associated with it. Isn’t it better to just avoid all of that if you can?
We know that not all companies have technology professionals at the helm, and that’s okay. That’s why outsourcing exists—to ensure that you have access to talent and services that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. There is no shame in outsourcing; if anything, it means that your employees can focus on their day-to-day tasks rather than the complex task of technology management and maintenance.
Ashton Technology Solutions can assist your business with keeping its technology in proper working order. To learn more, reach out to us at 216-397-4080.