A vast majority of small businesses depend on the latest technology to run efficiently. Making smart IT decisions is paramount for effective daily operations, as well as long-term success.
Here are four common IT mistakes that may be detrimental to business should they be made.
1. Failing to Plan for Growth
A lot of small businesses fail to properly account for IT within their growth strategy. Successful companies tend to make ongoing investments in hardware, software and support. It is recommended to invest in IT solutions that can expand alongside a company over at least a year in horizon. Putting money in IT solutions that are scalable may seem more expensive at first but long-term, it's a much more cost-effective plan.
2. Buying the Wrong IT Software and Hardware
Low-cost and consumer-grade products might look attractive, but in fact they're rarely designed to handle the requirements of a growing small business.
For instance, a business-grade software considers the unique interactions among employees, teams, and customers and partners. Business-grade equipment also has special considerations, such as reduced downtime and higher performance.
3. Failure to Keep Up with Changing Technology
It is no surprise that IT is the most rapidly evolving industry in the world. Keeping up with the latest technological advances can be a full-time job but all employees should allot some time in their schedules to do so.
Staff should receive continuous education to ensure they are using the resources provided to them efficiently. Not only will these skills boost their productivity and efficiency, but this will mjost likely lead to a better understanding of IT security as well.
Management also needs to stay ahead of the curve. They should familiarize themselves with the latest technology, along with the costs and benefits of each, so as not to miss opportunities to reduce cost and increase productivity.
4. Mismanaging Security
Until recently, small companies made for unlikely hacking targets. Limited resources and lax security made them an easy target, though an unproductive one. This has changed, however, in the the recent years.
Symantec and others have reported a sharp rise in attacks on small companies.
Small businesses should invest in security from the start in order to save money and avoid disasters. Anti-virus programs, anti-malware programs, firewalls and password managers are some of the security measures small businesses need to consider.
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