In today’s growing IT economical tech world what are some considerations that may cause you to entertain the idea of having a dedicated IT provider? Even though there are a myriad of reasons to consider a dedicated IT provider, I am going to address three of the primary reasons we normally hear from clients.
1. Infrastructure Planning - So consider this, you are a young new professional with a business degree and dreams of your business empire. You realize the best way to get there is to look at other successful people and emulate their model, ideals, lifestyle, etc. So you research and plan and now you just need help putting it into practice. How do you realize your plans the best? Utilize those same professionals to assist in the building stages, planning stages, project management, etc. How does infrastructure planning help in regards to IT well for starters you get help building and developing a website, hosting it, maybe a database for user information/transactions, some analytical information on website traffic, SEO, brand awareness, etc. Sure you can research it on your own and spend a few days looking into how to do these things, implement them effectively, and maintain it all yourself or you can use that time to source out and research a reliable company with talented individuals who can set that up for you in a fraction of the time, such as yours truly Beacon Technologies. The question isn’t CAN you do it, the question is how important is your ROI early in the game of your company? Whether you are a new company or a long term one, you can always benefit from some infrastructure planning and refreshing in this cutting edge and rapidly changing world.
2. Preemptive/Preventative Maintenance – Raise your hand if you’ve had to call a sibling, nephew, niece, son, daughter or family friend to help with some “IT Issues” on your machine. All of us have been in that boat either as the helper, the end user or probably in some respects both. Things break, fall apart, and generally go wrong if they can. You can thank Murphy’s Law(media popularized sentiment by John Paul Stapp in the 50′s during some rocket sled testing, check out the history of Murphy’s Law) and the Second Law of Thermodynamics/Entropy for that. Computer hard drives die, fail, crash and sometimes inexplicably decide to just stop working. This is even more potent when it happens to servers hosting websites or machines housing gigs or now terabytes of emails from ten years ago when your company first started to present day. Having a good BDR (Backup Disaster Recovery) plan in place with offsite storage is a must as well as preventative maintenance for those workstations and servers to keep things from going belly up at the worst possible time. Then if Murphy decides to show his ugly face you have a plan and you can always just restore from a recent backup. Any IT provider worth their salt will have flawless BDR plans in place with multiple backups and offsite locations. If you aren’t sure that your current one does, ask them and if they don’t you know where to find us.
3. Money/Time - You’ve heard the old adage that time is money, well that is true and in any business time and money are almost interchangeable. According to an article a little over a year old now from Business Insider Bill Gates makes about $385 dollars a second. So in the time it took you to read this third point, up until right NOW, Bill Gates made over a thousand dollars using last years numbers on his net worth. Warren Buffett made closer to two thousand. While the shock of that settles in the point is that your time is valuable and when you are a business person examining your ROI and your outflow vs income, revenue stream, etc. it doesn’t hurt to calculate in how valuable your time is, even if it’s not quite to Bill Gates numbers. I have no doubt even though he could fix his IT issues he has Microsoft IT on a hotline. So it makes sense that as a budding company or even more so as a company that has been well established and is turning over high revenue per hour that you should have a hotline to your own IT group who can resolve your issues quickly, competently and reduce your downtime because time is a valuable ever moving and never ceasing thing.