Today, if you’re like most businesses, your technology is directly connected to your success. When you’re budgeting and planning, how often is your IT budget a deciding factor for growth? Chances are they’re deeply connected.
There are simple ways to take some of the pressure off and become more proactive when considering the future. Here are three tips to help get your IT budget under control.
1. Take a Proactive Approach to Planning
If you’re hardware and software solutions take a day-to-day approach, an unexpected server or workstation fail can shut you down. You must react, however, if you haven’t prepared for new devices, you could be forced to overspend.
Creating an IT roadmap can help. Sit down with your IT team and map out your projected needs one, three, and five years out. Schedule upgrades so your technology does not fall behind and to keep your budget flexible.
2. Minimize Downtime
Downtime is one of the most disruptive problems any business can experience. Downtime is defined as “any instance when your business is not operating as it should, either due to loss of personnel or technology failure.” Eliminating downtime should be a goal for every business.
Technologies like dynamic backup and disaster recovery solutions can get you up and running quickly in the event of a disaster.
3. Outsource When Possible
Some business owners devote time and energy to learning about technology to save time and money. While it’s always good to educate yourself, it’s not the best use of your resources. It might look great on paper, but proper IT management and network maintenance are not simple tasks.
That’s why outsourcing is so attractive. It’s a cost-effective solution. Outsourcing your IT and working with qualified technology experts, means you’ll only pay a single monthly fee. Outsourcing will free up your time to focus on core business initiatives and growing profits. Outsourcing is scalable, so you can easily scale up (or down) as needed.
If you’re ready to learn more, why not give your UBS rep a call. Let us show you how you can get your IT budget under control and how Managed IT Services can help. Call today and let us show you all the benefits of outsourcing!