As an IT professional, how do you know the technology inside your organization needs replacing or updating?
- What’s your plan to ensure your technology is up to date?
- Isn’t the purpose of technology inside your business to propel your enterprise into the future, with the least amount of hassle possible?
We’re here to tell you that we feel your pain of having old IT infrastructure. Sometimes technology is just maddening enough to want to say things that would make your grandmother turn in her grave.
Yet, we see too many IT professionals and their respective businesses that are hesitant to make adjustments to their current IT systems, in order to avoid the pain of being stuck. More often than not, professionals we talk with believe technology and IT isn’t worth the investment.
So what’s the best way to approach upgrading your IT infrastructure?
First, you need an IT roadmap that lays out a plan for your technology’s future. This way, you won’t be surprised by what the future holds, and will have a clear direction of what you need, the costs, and what to expect after your technology upgrade.
After that, we’d suggest following this 3 step process for “future-proofing” your IT infrastructure.
Lease technology when possible.
It’s a bit easier to upgrade when you’re leasing equipment, rather than having to pay for new equipment outright. Usually, a hardware refresh will even be included in the terms of the lease. And most times, there’s no additional cost.
The monthly expense of leasing may seem like it’s costing you more than if you paid upfront for the equipment, but the savings will be seen in the cost is now an operating expense, instead of a capital expense. This expense difference is advantageous for your future budgeting and accounting.
Design your IT infrastructure for growth.
In our experience, we’ve found few businesses and IT professionals are forward looking enough to set up their IT infrastructure, correctly, to accommodate their growth. Most design their systems for their current situation. The strength of a company’s growth will depend on three things: its people, its processes, and its technology. You need to design your IT infrastructure with the same principle in mind.
For example, an IT system that’s designed for the future will have things like open access points to accommodate additional bandwidth to your internet access. Your company will have sufficient cloud-storage space because of increased employees. And you’ll be able to handle the different trends in IT that consume network resources, like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and The Internet of Things.
Organizations that are taking advantage of the cloud will often have an outside company host and manage their services. Because you may not know the future of your company’s growth, you’re going to want to commit to a cloud agreement that’s flexible. Instead of locking you into some strict terms, seek a cloud-provider that’s dynamic. Depending on your requirements, you’re going to need a provider that has the option of variability to consume more space.