You are always on the lookout to fine-tune your business finances. Have you thought about how Information Technology (IT) fits in that picture? It’s likely you’ve made some significant investments in computers, servers, and networks, but perhaps at the time you didn’t consider it an investment so much as a necessary expense. The fact is IT can and should make your business much better at what it does. Not only by providing a utility function, but also serving as a business enabler. Let’s focus, for instance, on what proper maintenance might do to provide a financial gain right now.
For starter, is scheduled maintenance really necessary for your IT? Absolutely! Consider your IT as analogous to your car. Most people don’t need the frustrating experience of a roadside breakdown to understand that high-tech equipment functions much better and more reliably with regular checking and attention. Just like your car, IT that is maintained will serve your needs better, last longer, and hold its value over time.
Not sure? Consider what a server failure or network outage cost your business in terms of lost opportunity, employee expense or otherwise. For some business owners there is an immediate and quantifiable number obtained.
Less tangibly, but very important to assess, is what does an IT slow-down cost? That’s a bit tougher to answer, but if your systems are non-productive, so are your employees and that is reflected in the business, including customer satisfaction.
An important final consideration in evaluating the protective benefits of scheduled IT maintenance should be the financial and even legal impacts of losing customer or project data due to a theft or crash. Properly maintained systems enable the business to do what it does best, deliver on the promise of your brand.
So, in summary, here are the business benefits that scheduled IT maintenance provides:
- maximum up-time of your systems
- reduction of unnecessary slow-downs
- insurance that sensitive information is best protected from data theft
- certainty that your business can recover systems and information in the event of a failure
Making sound technology investments and maintaining the IT infrastructure is clearly one of the smartest things you can do for the financial success of your business.