Maintaining your IT infrastructure is an essential requirement – but understanding what to upgrade and when can be a real challenge!
Many business owners and managers put off upgrading for a long as possible. Yet for anyone determined to provide the best possible service to their customers and stay ahead of the competition, failing to upgrade simply isn’t an option… that’s where this month’s guide comes in.
Letting your business plod along with an outdated infrastructure is a huge risk. Not only will it inevitably lead to the kind of performance issues that can either slow down or completely stop operations, it also makes you an easy target for hackers. Old software and operating systems present huge security risks, leaving business-critical data wide open to cyber crime.
So, why do so many business leaders put their companies at risk by delaying IT upgrades? It all comes down to a few common attitudes and ideas that stop them upgrading with confidence.
If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Any change is going to mean at least a brief period of discomfort while people get to grips with a new way of working. Coupled with the perceived costs of an upgrade, people are often reticent to take the plunge; particularly if everything still seems to be ticking along nicely. But the trouble with technology is that it has a way of letting you down at the most inconvenient moments, and that’s especially true when it’s going out of date.
Therefore, the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach is a dangerous one. Success in business means thinking strategically and being proactive, so instead of leaving everything until the last minute, change your mantra to “if it will make things better, let’s do it”!
Fear of change…
Human beings are said to be born with just two fears; the fear of falling and of loud noises. But as we grow, we learn to become fearful of all sorts of things, including change.
Being faced with an unfamiliar situation takes us out of our comfort zones and puts us into that “fight or flight” mode that produces sweaty palms, palpitations and sleepless nights. Whether it’s moving house, changing jobs or having to give a big speech to a room full of people, change really freaks us out.
By upgrading your IT infrastructure you’ll be able to enjoy a more flexible, productive way of working that facilitates new initiatives while staying ahead of changing market conditions. And most importantly, you’ll be keeping your business alive.
Change is inevitable, especially in the fast-moving world of computers. Business leaders who embrace new technology and aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zones go on to thrive, while those who remain suspicious of change, often get left behind.
It’s important to remember the critical role that IT plays in your organisation, supporting all operations and processes. Keep it up to date and you’ll improve your company’s efficiency, service and security.
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