You implement a new system or solution, rejoicing in its success and patting yourself on the back for a job well done.
Some time later, it suddenly breaks down and you’re forced in to an expensive upgrade that interrupts your business and generally causes chaos.
Events such as this are almost entirely avoidable with regular maintenance and servicing.
Manufacturing equipment, vehicles and your air con systems get a regular once over to ensure they’re working and fit for purpose.
Why treat IT systems differently?
Businesses are fluid things. They change in response to markets, legislation, government,
salaries, staff, customers and many other factors.
And that means your IT needs to adapt, because it’s supposed to accurately serve the needs of your business.
And just like a building, it’s far cheaper to keep it maintained than it is to knock it down and build a new one.
So, get rid of any ideas you have about IT being set and forget.
Instead, make sure software, hardware and firmware are regularly updated, and take the time to ask your team whether the tools they’re using help them or hinder them.
If you don’t, you’re just setting yourself up for a very big fall.
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