You engage with your accountant and lawyer on a continuous basis to assess financial and legal needs for your business. An assessment of your technology needs should be in the mix as well. Depending on the type of business you operate, you may need the latest and greatest. However, before you begin investing in any specialized technology, you need to start with the basics.
What do you need and when is it time to upgrade? These two questions are often pondered by business leaders who want to minimize costs while maximizing productivity. It depends on the type of work being done, but computers have become faster, better and cheaper to the point of being a commodity. You can expect a 3-4 year shelf life, depending on expectations. Due to this expected timeframe, the best and most expensive might not be prudent. Develop a replacement plan that allows for proactive budgeting and smoothing of capital expenditures.
It’s time to upgrade your software. Should you just buy the latest version and deploy it across the organization? Or, maybe moving some of your technology to the cloud would be more cost effective and ensure the latest versions. Determine your business goals and employee usage to select the best path moving forward. One size does not fit all.
Security is not an area to take short cuts. Data security and backup are as essential to your business as computers and a high-speed Internet connection. Ensure you have the most current anti-virus software and firewall protection. Automatic updates and proactive patching are key to protecting your network.
Ask an Expert
When in doubt, bring a trustworthy, reputable and knowledgeable technology consultant to your team to help guide you company through technology updates and changes. With the same due diligence that you used to select your accountant and lawyer, select the best IT partner for your business.
Nextrio in Tucson operates as the sole outsourced “IT Department” for many businesses across the Southwest. Call (520) 519-6301 to learn about our Tucson managed services and IT projects.