How to tell if your business IT needs an upgrade

How to tell if your business IT needs an upgrade

Your business relies on IT to deliver efficient services to customers. But because you’re so busy with day-to-day operations, you often forget to regularly install software updates or purchase new hardware. Technology is ever-changing and improving, and if you continue to hold off replacing outdated IT, you risk productivity loss, cybersecurity problems, lower quality of work, and wasted resources.

Is your IT in need of an upgrade? Here’s how you can tell:

Recurring malfunctions that increase downtimes

Systems can glitch once in a while, but if your machines often slow down, hang, or crash, then they’re due for an update. The lifespan of office hardware and servers average 3–5 years, but don’t wait for the fifth year to evaluate your network’s health. Conduct regular assessments to make sure your current system is in tip-top shape.

Even better, partner with a managed services provider (MSP) like Online Computers. Our experts will review your servers, workstations, and other hardware, release a report, and recommend solutions for any issues we find.

You’re holding on to obsolete hardware and software

In the past, people stretched the value of their dollar by using their equipment for as long as they can. Today’s technology isn’t like that. Upgrades and improvements are constant, and keeping your old or legacy systems will not help you save money. The opposite happens — they consume more power, require more frequent maintenance, and won’t have support from their manufacturers.

Still using too much paper in the office?

If you are still flooded with paperwork, then you need to consider better IT solutions. You may want to look into cloud-based solutions and document management systems. With the latter, you can digitize documents, index them, send them to the appropriate database, and retrieve them quickly and easily with a simple search query.

Employees are using shadow IT for work

Shadow IT are systems used without organizational approval. For example, most businesses now allow their employees to use mobile or portable devices for work. But if your IT infrastructure is subpar, your employees may start using their own personal devices and connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots with weak security protocols. Shadow IT use is unofficial and uncontrolled, and raises the likelihood of breaches and noncompliance.

Security is a recurring problem

Have you been a victim of a cyberattack, or worse, of several hacks and breaches? This only means your system’s security is easily compromised. There are many ways for cybercriminals to breach security, whether through lack of measures in place, weaknesses in unsupported operating systems, or unpatched software vulnerabilities.

Regular system checks and updates are important in preventing a host of malware and other cyberattacks. Criminals are always searching for new ways to attack your systems. Be proactive in updating your software and applications whenever possible by running the latest patches.

You’re lagging behind your direct competitors

Are your competitors leaving you in the dust? Your problem may not be your service, but your technology. Without the right tools, you’ll find it tough competing in a larger market. With the right technology, you can improve operations and boost productivity. Not only will that give you a fighting chance among competitors of your size, but you can even take on much larger companies.

When it comes to IT, leave it to us

Do any of the above mentioned signs apply to your company? If so, it’s time for you to upgrade your IT system. But if you feel overwhelmed by all these, then contact us at Online Computers. We are dedicated to providing proactive, state-of-the-art IT solutions and managed services to help your company achieve greater success. You focus on your business, and we’ll take care of your IT. If you’re in or around Hanover, Morristown, or Madison, then we are the MSP for you.

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