Technology moves fast and even taking your eyes off the prize for a short time can make a small business owner feel completely lost. With new apps, hardware, and innovations seemingly popping up everyday, it’s a full time job just keeping up with this stuff.
If you started your business on your own dime, it’s understandable to have taken some shortcuts with your computer and systems hardware. No matter your area of expertise, there’s no business that can operate without some level of software, hardware, or network technology for support. Keeping your systems current and “operational” isn’t good enough – future-proofing your technology is the only way to ensure maximum productivity, security, and ROI. Here’s why it’s crucial to look ahead when choosing information technology for your business:
While investing in hardware solutions on the cutting edge may spook many a small business owner, any IT professional worth their weight will tell you that investing in higher-end computer and systems hardware now may keep the wolves at bay for a few years longer than a cheap, no-frills solution. Better servers, workstation hardware, and networking facilities now will generally require only modest upgrades over the next 3-5 years, whereas an off-the-shelf, barebones alternative is much more likely to need a complete replacement during the same timeframe.
It’s not always true that the latest and greatest software solutions are more secure than the tried-and-true systems of yesterday, but it is true that keeping an eye on internet security protocols and data intrusion methods is the best way to prevent data loss. Hackers don’t just target enterprise-level companies; about 85% of attacks against information systems are directed at small businesses. Furthermore, it’s estimated that three-quarters of small business that experience major data losses will be out of business within a year. By staying up-to-date and current with the latest software and network-level security methods, you can offset the chance of serious damage to your company’s information infrastructure and valuable data.
Retain Business Continuity
Protecting your valuable information isn’t just a matter of keeping bad guys out. When data loss occurs, keeping your business in an operational status is key to preserving customer confidence and maintaining a positive cash flow. Implementing multi-level data backups (both on-site and off) should be your number one priority. Don’t let your customer base jump ship to a competitor because of an embarrassing data flub and take a hard look at your business continuity plan to ensure you’re prepared for any type of disaster.
If you don’t feel confident in your company’s ability to predict the future of computer hardware or software solutions or if you’re unsure about your ability to recover from serious data loss, you owe it to your business to contact CMIT Solutions of Seattle. With the right advice, information, and resources, your business can stay nimble and confident in its ability to grow and prosper. Give us a call today or use the contact form to get in touch.