An experienced and successful entrepreneur once gave our founders a strong piece of advice. He said that the cheapest thing you could ever buy for your company is insurance.
He wasn’t talking about a specific policy or coverage type, of course. What he meant was that small monthly investments in various forms of protection will pay off in a big way over time. It’s always cheaper to be prepared for the inevitable because it’s going to arrive eventually.
This is a bit of wisdom we always like to pass on to new and potential clients. Dealing with monthly invoices for managed IT care or backup and disaster recovery preparations can seem like a hassle. Compared to the time and money that can be lost to unexpected emergencies, though, these small investments are just a drop in the bucket.
If you don’t have a technology backup plan in place, or you aren’t sure if the one you have is sufficient, it’s time to get smarter about your business. To keep your IT plan on track there are two things you need…
First, You Need to Have the Right Protection in Place
When it comes to caring for your business technology, there are a couple of different kinds of protection that matter. The first is having a 24/7 help desk so you can get answers, support, and monitoring when you need it. This can help you deal with most issues before they ever affect your ability to run your business in the first place.
The second level of protection has to do with planning and preparation. It’s about recognizing that hardware and software can fail, and that natural disasters or other unexpected issues can creep up out of the blue. Knowing that, it’s important to have contingency plans, save files, and have other emergency steps ready for when you need them.
These layers give you a kind of insurance against disaster and the unknown. They might seem unnecessary in the beginning but might eventually save you millions of dollars.
Second, You Have to Have a Great Team Looking After Your Tech
As important as it is to have the right protections in place, it’s sometimes overlooked that your backup plans are only as valuable as the people behind them. In other words, if your outsourced IT partner can’t help you get back up and running quickly after an unexpected loss of data, service, or connectivity then you aren’t really covered.
This is also a good place to point out that technical knowledge isn’t enough. IT certifications, for instance, are good indicators of competence, but they don’t tell you whether a vendor is going to be responsive, or whether they’ll take the time to get to know your systems and business goals.
Each of these factors is crucial when determining whether you are truly prepared to deal with the unknown.
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The first step to getting your technology plan right is having an IT provider who puts your company first. That’s where our team of experts comes in.
At Fantastic IT, we don’t just repair hardware and software problems, we find ways for our clients to save money and be more productive. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about plans, pricing, and the real-world business advantages of having a smart tech strategy.