Planning your IT for Growth
Most businesses expect to grow over time. Planning for that growth is important, especially in those areas where time and cost of rapid implementation may be a limiting factor to expansion. One of these areas is IT. Having the right support in place at an early stage and creating an IT infrastructure that will respond to your changing needs hand in hand with an IT support partner, like Commstec, will have many advantages in the short and long term.
Cost – When you begin, your business will inevitably live on one laptop, but as soon s you start to grow beyond the capacity of that one machine you need to look at how your IT infrastructure evolves. By moving into the cloud at an early stage you will save money in the long term by not getting sucked into the need to buy and maintain servers and hardware that needs maintenance and replacement. The costs of growing an IT system based in the cloud are predictable can be included in your plans.
Security – The risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches are ever present these days. It is important to have a comprehensive security plan in place to protect your organization’s valuable data. Your IT support provider will be able measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, and regular security audits to ensure that your data is safe from external threats.
Proactive maintenance – As your IT infrastructure becomes more complex, it becomes more important to perform proactive maintenance. This means regularly monitoring your systems for potential issues and resolving them before they become problems.
Disaster Recovery – As your business grows, it is important to have a disaster recovery plan in place to minimise the impact of any unexpected events such as natural disasters or system failures. Your IT support provider will have a comprehensive recovery plan that includes regular backups of critical data, redundant systems, and the ability to quickly restore data in the event of a disaster.
The word “scalable” is often used in connection with these points. We have talked in earlier blogs about the benefits of cloud computing, and Cyber essentials certification. Scalability is the ability to increase or decrease the size of operations quickly and efficiently to adapt to changes in the market, customer demands, or economic conditions.
Having a managed IT support provider in place early on in your business will mean that you get the best advice and avoid many of the costly and time-consuming changes to your IT infrastructure as your business grows.
A managed IT services provider like Commstec will support you in understanding how to build scalability into your IT infrastructure. Working through our four-step process to manage your technology; evaluation, solution design, implementation, and monitoring, will give you a clear insight into where the risks lie in your current infrastructure. Commstec’s unique people focused approach means we can work together to build the cost-effective IT systems you need for today and the future.
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