04 May Top Five Tips for Managing your IT
Secure Your Business IT Systems
Many small business owners usually do not have the luxury of having a full-time IT staff. Many times, it is either friends, family, a local IT company, employees or even yourself that performs the role of the resident IT expert.
According to the research, an un-patched Windows PC connected to the Internet will last for only about 20 minutes before it’s compromised by malware (assuming use by an average user). Implement some best-practices or company policies to protect your network, your data and ultimately your business.
Consolidate your server estate
Server virtualisation is now a mature and widely accepted technology. This is not without good reason either: Consolidating multiple physical servers on one (or fewer) machines, using virtualisation technologies such VMWare or Microsoft Windows Server 2012’s Hyper-V can save money on hardware costs, power and administrative workload as well as improving your “Green IT” footprint.
Don’t buy top end equipment
Eventually any PC hardware fails or become obsolete. When it comes time to buy new computers, whether its servers or desktop PCs, you can save a great deal of cash by not buying the latest-and-greatest equipment. When you buy the fastest CPU on the market or biggest screen or hard disk, you pay a big premium. Go for the option that is one or two steps down from the top end, it is always considerably less and the performance difference will be negligible. In the IT industry the top-of-the-line model won’t stay in that position for long. In a few weeks a new, faster model will take its place leaving your high price investment considerably less valuable. At last check, Technical product succession can be as quick as 4 weeks!
Outsource some IT services
Outsourcing is potentially a touchy subject, especially in such economic time as many people think only of job cuts and foreign call centres. However smart outsourcing can allow you to better utilise your existing personnel more efficiently and cost-effectively run your IT operation.
For many small to medium businesses, growth of the business means expansion in IT equipment, servers and the depth of knowledge required to administrate, maintain and host these servers. You may find that it is less expensive and less hassle to use a hosting service for your Web servers or e-mail, rather than purchasing more hardware, software licences and the expense of the hiring process. This is not a one-size-fits-all business, and you should first assess and seek advice to meet your needs in both the short and long run. Talk to us about it, after all IT Support is what we do best!
Invest wisely in your IT infrastructure
One of the biggest mistakes any business can make in computing is spending too much time and money on the wrong things and not spending enough on the right things to increase the value of Information Technology used in the organisation. Working with a specialist IT Company will allow you to focus on driving your business whilst developing your IT strategy in combination with sound advice.