Around the world, the new year is a time for celebration. It’s a time to reflect and a time we typically resolve to make the most out of the coming 12 months. We do this by leaving last year’s problems precisely where they belong – in the past year.
Many manage to adopt this approach in their personal lives, but it pays enormous dividends to apply it to our businesses too.
Cleaning up open issues from previous years gives you and your team free reign to make the next year a record-breaking success. Intermittent IT problems, network slowdowns, printing issues, and unavailable resources can all be left in the past.
Starting the year off with a clean IT slate allows you to handle the business areas that you do best.
Set Your Network Straight
If your only experience with IT last year involved calls to fix broken systems, then it’s time to have your IT fixed for good. Break-fix relationships can add stress to both your company and your IT provider.
While getting your system up and running fast is a clear priority, imagine a world where your system doesn’t crash in the first place. More can be done to ensure breaks don’t happen and downtime is avoided. Repeated break-fix calls waste large amounts of time to troubleshoot, diagnose, and patch an unfamiliar system every time it has an issue.
Managed IT service providers use knowledge and experience to be proactive and keep your whole system working together. They configure your network from top to bottom and are able to easily update or change it as needed. With a complete system picture, less time can be spent on troubleshooting, and more can be allocated to just getting work done.
Sports Car IT
IT with long-standing issues and bugs, ones that staff have gotten accustomed to working around, can be like running an old vehicle. It’s often more expensive to maintain an old car than purchase something more modern that requires less maintenance. An old car requires more parts, becomes less efficient, uses more oil, and is more likely to suffer breakdowns too. The same is true of old IT.
The cost over time of a well-configured system can often be the same or even less than fixing broken issues on the old one. The difference is a dramatic loss of downtime and lost productivity. Better IT means getting where you need to be, faster.
Your Staff Deserve IT
Nothing distracts employees from a task more than unexpected downtime or systems failures. Whether getting crucial documents Friday afternoon, or attempting to settle into work Monday morning; bad IT is frustrating, disheartening, and time-consuming.
One of the hardest but most rewarding elements to cultivate in a company is good staff morale. When you have it, productivity goes up, turnover goes down, and the business environment is vastly improved for everyone. When you don’t have it, the workday is that much tougher for everyone.
Workflow issues are well known to be one of the top contributors to poor morale. Slow machines, unavailable printing, and interruptions cause more knock-on issues than just the IT department can fix. Good employees need and deserve the right tools for the job.
A Better Way to Operate
Use the new year as a golden opportunity for a fresh start on your IT. Our IT professionals can perform a free assessment of your system to diagnose problems and give you a complete guide to get back on track. Whether caused by a configuration error, bad devices, or something else; we’ll track down the causes and leave them to be forgotten about.
There’s never a better time to establish a managed IT services relationship. Contracting professional services can put an end to system bottlenecks, configure your system right, and advise on the best course to take into the new year.
The most important decision you can take into the year ahead is to stop addressing IT problems as they happen. Take charge of your IT and fix the underlying causes holding you up.
Contact us today to start an IT service relationship that will see your business take off into a very happy new year.
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