Information technology (IT) is a necessary part of nearly every business these days. If that technology has been deployed grudgingly, by dribs and drabs, to solve specific problems that cropped up over the years, network support can be very expensive and frustrating. Often, each new fix just seems to expose weaknesses elsewhere. Don’t blame technology for this! Here’s how businesses fall into this trap:
Technologies are applied as needed only
The technological tools your business uses have to work together, and if the network was built in numerous unrelated steps, it’s likely there will be interoperability issues. Every so often, it is a good idea to look at your business, and imagine how the ideal IT infrastructure would be, and compare your existing one against that, and take steps to close that gap.
Technologies are chosen on price only
This happens frequently, when technology is purchased to solve a specific problem. The driving force behind the buying decision is quick deployment without spending too much. The result often includes equipment that is not professional-grade. For example, a wireless access point designed for home use will lack vital features with regards to interoperability, speed and security, and the problems this can cause will cost you far more than the better equipment would have!
Technologies are used until they fail
Your network consists of a number of components that work together and if one fails, it affects productivity across the office environment. For that reason, it’s important to keep tabs on the network assets and plan for an orderly rotation to get aging devices replaced before they fail. If network equipment seems expensive, compare those costs to the costs of network downtime, lost productivity and emergency repairs – it’s a good investment!
It’s important for your business to have and maintain a supportable IT infrastructure. Larger enterprises have staff who are responsible for ensuring the company’s IT infrastructure is working optimally and up-to-date at all times, but small-to-medium enterprises often have trouble staying ahead of this. An IT consulting firm like Clare Computer Solutions can bring CIO-level expertise to your company and let you focus on running (and growing) your business. Contact us today to get started!