The business case is clear: Well managed IT will help your organisation save money.
Here’s how. Keeping your systems up to date and secured then checking them, is appropriate to every size business. Well-managed systems often make sense from a TCO (total cost of ownership) and ROI (return on investment) perspective. Here’s a break down of 3 areas that can help your business save money:
1. Patch IT
It’s simple: Software manufacturers release both patch updates and new versions of their applications that contain code that removes security vulnerabilities and errors that have been found since it was released.
These keep your system operating at the optimal performance and allows support to be obtained from the manufacturer should an error occur.
Failing to keep your systems up to date will result in a more costly fix should anything go wrong and greater expense when implementing new services.
2. Secure IT
Data security is the means of ensuring that the integrity of your information is assured and that it is kept private.
You have been bombarded with messages from the IT industry about password policies, Anti-virus products, Anti-spam, Firewalls, backup and disaster recovery for years and there are still many organisations and individuals falling foul to data loss because they have failed one of these resulting in costly downtime that many never recover from.
To ensure your information is adequately protected you need to test your security; otherwise you may be wasting money and time on activities that provide no value.
Ask your IT provider when was the last time they checked your firewall was blocking undesirables or your antivirus was cleaning up infections.
Get them to send you a copy of the backup log to check it is successfully copying your information and more importantly a copy of their test restoration log to ensure you can recover should failure occur.
3. Check IT
Too often the causes of failures are predictable and could be avoided if proactive action was taken sooner rather than reacting to the failure.
By performing a number of simple checks on a regular basis you can build a picture of how your systems are working and recognise when it is going astray. Providing you with time to take corrective action before you have costly failures.
Many of these checks can be automated further improving your efficiency by informing you before a failure or during.
Ask your IT provider what they are doing to monitor your systems.
The call to action is clear —
- Patch IT
- Secure IT
- Check IT
Organisations adopting this approach are stopping wasting money on IT. Will you be one?