For many organizations, once a computer or piece of software is purchased it isn’t thought about again until something breaks. This often leaves employees with outdated hardware, technology tools that no longer serve their purpose, and leaves an organization vulnerable to lost data. Organizations without IT departments or large budgets often wait until something is broken to call in technology specialists to fix it. While this may seem to save on costs, a proactive approach to technology planning can save a lot of time, energy, and money in the long run. Here are some examples of what technology planning can help you do:
Prevent problems instead of waiting for them
By monitoring for problems on a regular basis you reduce the probability that your systems will go down suddenly and cause business disruptions. An MSP can take care of this for you so you aren’t left scrambling for a solution after something has gone wrong.
Get to the root of the issue
While some issues can be one-off problems it is always helpful to have technology experts on your side who can view your entire infrastructure to find the root cause of the issue. This allows you to enact strategies that will reduce the likelihood of the problem repeating itself or become worse.
Create an accurate budget
One problem many organizations face is limited budgets. This may make it easier to forego technology planning or regular IT support, but it can also cost you a lot more if an unexpected problem crops up. An MSP can help you create a plan to spread out costs for maintenance, projects, and upgrades and limit the amount of unexpected spending you’ll need for your technology.
Schedule upgrades and updates
IT systems aren’t set-it and forget-it tools. You’ll need to reboot servers, update firmware, and patch software regularly. An IT team can help you monitor your systems and determine when it is time for maintenance. This can help you proactively plan and avoid disruptive downtime.
Plan for the long-term
Long-term IT planning can involve everything from your servers to your laptops and will help you stay ahead of your technology needs. You can create purchasing plans, schedule updates, and setup your IT systems to help your organization meet its goals.
Improve your security
Without a security plan in place you run the risk of spending valuable time searching for solutions to a security breach instead of getting your systems back up and running. Proactively protecting against threats and creating a detailed outline of the steps you’ll need to take if a breach does occur can help you get up and running faster, saving you time and stress.
If you don’t have much experience in IT planning this can seem like a daunting task. If your organization is looking for a proactive approach to your technology, feel free to contact us for a consultation.