Running a business or non-profit on a day-to-day basis can be stressful even on a good day. Most businesses –small or large — now rely heavily on technology, but make common IT mistakes that could easily be prevented. Consider the damage a security breach or IT outage could inflict on your business. Surveys show that many small businesses don’t regularly maintain their IT infrastructure. Waiting for disaster to strike without a protection plan in place is the most common IT mistake.
Here are three common IT mistakes and how to avoid them
- Planning and Budgeting – If you own a smaller company, you may not have the budget for an internal IT staff. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore your IT infrastructure. Outsourcing your IT to a local firm is a great way to make sure your IT needs are met while giving your predictable costs. Here are ways outsourcing your IT can help improve your business. Make sure you’re working with a local company that has several technicians available. You don’t want to tie yourself to a single-person outfit and risk having them not available when you really need it.
- Not Keeping up with Changing Technology – When the newest and latest technology comes out on the market its often at a hefty cost. So smaller companies tend to stick with the “if it’s not broke why fix it’” method and get stuck with older, less productive versions of hardware and software. Working with a reputable IT provider can help you decide when is the right time to spend money and in what areas an upgrade can have the most impact.
- Security – Since small companies tend to be targets for hackers, security is the most important item that small businesses should pay attention to. Here are some ways to make sure you are computing safely. Also, whether you do your IT in house or use an outsourced firm, make sure your software is up-to-date, you have firewalls installed, and that someone is continually monitoring your network.
Nettology can help with all your network security and IT needs. We offer the Nettology Total Care package for organizations that don’t have their own IT staff. If your IT staff has the basics buttoned down but could use some help with higher level issues, we also offer the Nettology IT Assist package. To learn more, call us now on 610-558-1730.