A well designed and managed IT infrastructure is critical to any modern business, yet many people are wary of upgrading their technology. The good news is that these days, IT upgrades don’t have to be complex or expensive. In fact, it can help you streamline your business and improve your bottom line. Here are a few reasons why upgrading your IT during an office refurbishment is a great idea.
Improve employee efficiency
Any delays or downtime in your technology can have a significant impact on employee productivity and efficiency. Using old computers or web browsers, experiencing slow internet connectivity or waiting for a response to helpdesk requests can also lead to frustration among employees and a negative workplace culture. Your IT infrastructure needs to support your staff and help them achieve the tasks required in their role, no matter where they are or what device they use. By maintaining a modern IT infrastructure, your employees will spend more time working and less time waiting for things to work.
Reduce business risk and security threats
If you’re using old hardware or software, you’re vulnerable to attacks on your network, which can lead to loss of critical business information and customer data. Managing these threats can also slow down your network and take your IT team away from other business activities. Some businesses never recover from serious security breaches, either due to the costs of recovery or the loss of trust by customers and suppliers. If you want to protect your business and make sure you’re prepared for the worst, a carefully-planned strategy using the latest technology is a must.
Maximise your IT team
Managed services and cloud solutions have allowed many businesses to move away from having a large IT team in-house. Services like these can maximise cost-efficiency and ensure your system is always up to date and managed by IT professionals around the clock. Your IT team will also be able to support employees and create innovations that will grow your business, rather than spend their week fixing problems or working out how to connect disparate systems. It’s a win-win: your IT team will be happy and so will your bottom line.
Optimise technology costs
Upgrading your IT infrastructure may be a significant investment, but it’s well worth it in the long run. New equipment is more energy efficient, saving you electricity and allowing your business to be more environmentally sustainable. Cloud solutions can reduce the costs of storing and maintaining ageing infrastructure, while wireless technology means your employees will be able to use the same devices for a range of tasks, whether it’s answering calls from a computer or running a virtual meeting from a tablet. Going paperless also means less printers to run, less paper and ink to buy and a more cost-efficient workplace.
Grow your business
When we design your office refurbishment, we’ll not only look at where your business is now, but also where your business will be in the years to come. Upgrading your IT infrastructure at this time means you can streamline and simplify your systems and give your employees the tools they need to grow your business. While it’s tempting to purchase one application at a time, it’s far more effective to look at your IT infrastructure from a holistic perspective, to ensure it can support new technologies in the future and help you maintain a competitive edge in the market.