Whether you resolve to trim off a few pounds, budget better, or communicate more with the ones around you, you can use the same goal setting strategies to improve your business. Technology has a place in your business and your budget. In 2015, embrace technology in a way that saves you cash and IT headaches. Consider the following to reduce business technology expenses in 2015:
Trim the fat
Get rid of excess and focus more on effective uses for your company’s technology. Now is the perfect time to do an audit of your business’s equipment. Look for anything in the budget that is repeated, unnecessary, and costing you the most money. If you are unsure of how to evaluate your technology and infrastructure, seek help from a professional team. IT support services from Teknique IT can complete a full system evaluation, including software, security, and operating systems, and tell you what can stay, what needs to go, and what you need to maximize efficiency and productivity.
Go on a budget
Stop delving out money for your IT systems and device overhauls. You do not need the latest and greatest products to maximize your business’s operations. You need a solution that embraces the varying degrees of your company’s existing products and one that is scalable to meet your changing needs over time. Businesses spend the most on IT when something goes wrong, instead of focusing on service and maintenance to prevent IT complications. Many businesses utilize outsourced IT companies that provide 24/7 support and assistance for a flat, monthly rate. Instead of billing for services as a company needs them, flat rate IT support stays on top of the entire system and its updates all the time to monitor and prevent potential complications. It is cheaper for a company to pay a monthly fee instead of having to pay for large overhauls, fixes and updates.
Businesses lose money when employees and managers are unable to work. When a company’s technology goes down, the company suffers a sudden loss, or company employees are out of the office, work does not have to stop. Remote access and cloud services allow all employees to continue to work so that the company’s bottom line is not affected. Cloud services also encourage more collaboration among employees and other business partners. Some businesses save thousands of dollars every month by allowing their employees to work remotely, instead of paying for office space and utilities.
Unified communications are also another approach to improving communication and saving money. Unified communications packages provide business owners with the latest technology, services and features that all play well together for a seamless communications experience.
Plan for the worst
Technology is helping businesses owners prepare for the unknown. Malicious activity, weather disasters, human error, and IT failures can all disrupt business. If a business does not have a continuity plan that includes data recovery, recuperation is painful and expensive. A business needs to ensure its operations can pick up right where they left off, without compromising security, sensitive data, and public perception. Managed services and cloud computing both support businesses in the event of a disaster and ensure that the company’s data is stored safely in an off-site location, not in the computers and filing cabinets that may or may not survive a devastating loss.