Does Your Business Realize the Real Value of Your IT?
How much value does your business gain from its technological assets? This may seem like a simple question, but it doesn’t have a simple answer. You can implement the greatest and most current solutions, but you don’t necessarily gain value from them, or as much as similar organizations in your field. With businesses looking to cut costs and secure a profitable future, how can you make sure that IT is providing value to your business?
The reason you need to make sure IT is being profitable for your business is because you run the risk of it being overlooked otherwise. Ultimately, if IT is not being valuable or making any money for your business, why bother investing in it? To determine that answer, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have any services that are not being properly utilized? How much waste is accumulating due to software solutions that aren’t being used?
- How often do you replace hardware? If it’s not being replaced periodically, you run the risk of hardware failure or other issues.
- How much do you pay for technology that isn’t offering a return on investment? For example: it’s one thing to pay for services that save time, but another thing entirely to pay for a convenience that isn’t producing enough value.
Essentially, it all starts with asking yourself how your technology is influencing your bottom line. What is that new software solution really doing for your business? Is it allowing you to free up funds that would be better spent elsewhere? A great example of this is automation; more businesses than ever before are trying to take advantage of this, which lets them free up key staff and personal from more menial, lower-priority tasks.
Too many businesses are still wasting money on break-fix solutions. The break-fix model of IT support might appear to offer a semblance of value in the moment because you’re receiving service that’s needed as soon as possible. However, the issue here is the fact that you’re waiting until technology has already broken down before you do anything about it. This results in wasted capital and resources, including downtime, hardware replacements, and so much more, all because problems weren’t solved properly before they grew out of hand.
One of the best ways to acquire value from your business’ technological investments is to implement managed IT services from Macro Systems. This basically eliminates the costs of running an IT department, additional salaries of technicians, and the general upkeep costs of your organization’s infrastructure. It exchanges these costs with a single monthly payment. You then receive services as per your service level agreement. Macro Systems can perform a variety of services for your business, including:
- Remote monitoring and management
- Backup and disaster recovery
- Network security
- Email management
- And more!
To learn more about IT management, call us today at 703-359-9211.