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Start 2020 With The Right IT Plan
You need to think ahead about your technology: what needs updating, what needs replacing, what new resources you’ll need to support your business as it grows in the new year.
Now that the end of the year here, it’s time to start your business technology planning for 2020.
Your End-Of-The-Year Technology Checklist For 2020
1. Can You Lower Your Phone Bill With VoIP?
VoIP provides your business improved efficiency by limiting issues that come from having to replace or fix phones, as well as complicated management of adding and or removing employees. On traditional landline phone systems, you would have to wait lengthy periods of time for a phone to be replaced, or for a roll truck to fix issues. All this time spent waiting for a fix costs you money.
With a VoIP system, you don’t have to deal with these issues, which means less downtime. VoIP also improves your business’ efficiency by providing you with numerous options for routing and answering calls, without the expensive on-premises technology and staff.
2. Is Any Of Your Technology Nearing End Of Life?
Everything has an expiry date, including your technology.
Case in point: all support for Microsoft Windows 7 & Server 2008 will end on January 14, 2020. This means no more bug fixes, security updates, free support options, or online technical content updates. Over time, the usability of Windows 7 & Server 2008 will degrade. There will be a loss of usability and increased vulnerability.
No support means no updates, and no updates means no critical patches or fixes to protect you against cyber threats looking to exploit gaps in your security. There is no substitute for these patches. Without them, you have no choice but to upgrade to a newer supported software.
3. Do You Need To Enhance Your Cybersecurity?
There are a number of reasons why IT security should be top of mind going into 2020:
- Advancing cyber threats: Techniques employed by cybercriminals are improving and your security strategies need to meet that challenge
- Data retention: A viable data backup solution should be fundamental to your cybersecurity and business continuity.
- Insurance Costs: Cyber insurance is becoming standard in many businesses. Most insurers have a lengthy qualification form that evaluates your security posture. Your premium (or even eligibility) may depend on how well you are protected.
With IT shifting from just another piece of equipment in the office to the core of operations and a key aspect of how you defend your business, you should designate it as a central part of your budget.
4. Do You Need To Consider New Technologies?
Let’s assume you’re relying on outdated and ineffective line of business software. As dependable as it may be (and let’s be honest, mileage varies) software like this has a core flaw – it only works for those who are fluent in it.
You may know about the cloud, and you may want to use it for your work. But doing so without the right expertise can make the migration a tedious process, and the ongoing management can come with downtime and security risks. That’s why many businesses find it difficult to keep up with the latest advances in technology.
The cloud has transformed operations, marketing, sales, accounting and other areas inside organizations. Companies are moving to the cloud at record speed. Traditional server deployments have essentially come to a screeching halt. The benefits of the cloud are being realized.
5. Could You Benefit From An Advanced Type Of IT Support?
When you look at your business, you see it as a whole ecosystem. Every part works together to make the whole company function at peak performance. That should include your IT. Wouldn’t you like to have technology worries and burdens off of your plate so you can give your best to your business?
That’s precisely what managed IT services offer (and why they should be a key part of your 2020 IT plan). Features and solutions in a robust managed IT services offering should include:
- Managed Security
- Remote Monitoring
- Backup and Disaster Recovery
- Cloud Migration and Management
- Mobile Device Management
- Help Desk Services
Need Help With Your Technology In 2020?
All of this goes to show why you need to make an effort to understand how technology can affect positive change in the work that you do, and to have a plan that reflects that understanding.
Our team can help – we have the experience and expertise to help you develop a Technology Plan for 2020 that will achieve the following:
- Save Your Money: We’ll identify opportunities to eliminate waste and improve processes, saving you time and money along the way.
- Make You More Money: We’ll show you ways to put the right technology to work for you in 2020, bringing new clients and improving your service quality for those you already have.
- Reduce Your Risk: We’ll recommend cybersecurity technology and best practices that will mitigate the range of cyber threats facing you today.
Don’t “fly by the seat of your pants” when it comes to your technology in 2020. Put a plan together now to help you maximize cost effect and minimize negative outcomes in the new year.
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