If growth is in your plan for 2015, we encourage you to think about IT as an engine that powers employee productivity, data efficiency, business continuity, & security. A poorly structured network, bad technology advice, and pesky daily issues can bog you down. Despite how talented and motivated you and your team are, IT could be the weak link that stagnates your growth. Don’t let it be!
Here are the top technology projects for business owners and top management to consider for 2015.
1. Upgrade and migrate your server!
We can’t stress this enough: if you’re running Windows Server 2003, please plan on upgrading before Microsoft suspends support in July of this year. Beyond July, you will be exposed to major security and compliance risks. Don’t wait. Need a place to begin? Click here and let us know if you have questions.
2. Make sure you have a working, reliable data backup system — and business continuity, too!
Do you know for certain that your backup is working? Many businesses we come across, especially small/mid-sized businesses, don’t have a good system for backing up their data. It might be too manual (subject to irregularity and user error), or too risky (no one is monitoring it or being alerted if it fails), or too short-sighted (it can perform backup but not restoration or security of data). Even more businesses don’t have a continuity plan, should any disaster strikes that renders operations non-functioning for days or weeks! For the sake of your hard work, demand a reliable, holistic, & scalable backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solution. Don’t wait until it fails for you to realize that your system is not adequate.
3. Secure — secure — secure!
Security is on everyone’s mind – as a consumer and business. We hear of all the high-profile hacks on big companies and think: that will never be us. Hackers don’t target us. This is true, but it doesn’t mean small businesses can slack off, because while not actively targeted, small organizations (and their owners!) can fall victim just the same. Be vigilant about updating and monitoring anti-viruses, anti-malware, and firewalls. If you’re a Be Structured client, you have our people, processes, and state-of-the-art monitoring tools to protect you.
4. Get solid technology advice
If you have a big move, or an expansion, or a merger this year, you need to enlist expert consultants. Why not include IT? Our clients choose us – and continually rely on us – to plan alongside them. We conduct thorough and regular planning sessions throughout the year that encompass not just IT but business considerations as well. Holistic planning can be a reality, if you have a trusted partner who can strategically map out how best to invest in IT that suit your goals. That last phrase is the most important element: if your IT consultant doesn’t take your business and your industry into account, you may be paying for the wrong expert.
We wish you Peace of Mind and Productivity in 2015!