How to Structure your Business IT Solutions Around your Business Needs in 2020
Digital transformation boosts performance and effectively future-proofs business in a rapidly evolving digital world. In such a fast-paced environment, it’s easy as a business owner to feel overwhelmed and ‘out of their depth’ when it comes to implementing new technology.
Your current IT system, which seemed so capable a few years ago, now seems slow and may becoming obsolete. It’s probably not just an upgrade you need but new tools, new software and a new way of working. Understanding just what and what is not needed can be a mine field, certainly when you consider that the digital world is rapidly evolving at a frightening pace.
Even if you have your own in-house IT individual or team, it is easy to fall behind with the latest developments, software updates and new products as they come to market. How do you know if you actually need these new products? When is the right time to undergo digital transformation and how can you be sure you are fully protected against ever evolving cyber threats?
Before you begin to answer these questions, you need to evaluate your business. Which areas can be improved, where can processes be streamlined and what budget are you going to set aside for the transformation?
Digital strategy focuses on using technology to boost business performance and help maintain a competitive edge. One of the most cost-effective ways to deal with any kind of IT solutions or strategies is to enlist the support services of an IT consultancy who can help you assess areas for improvement or change.
Key components to consider of a digital strategy:
- Online presence – website, social media and advertising
- Digital marketing – adverts, blogs, banner ads and blogs
- Customer interaction – Communication, customer details and accounting
- Online security – Data storage and protection, secure payments
- Efficiency – Managing time sheets and pay, ordering supplies
Staying ahead of the technology curve and adopting the latest technology is often a barrier for small to medium sized business who have limited expertise and a tight budget. Whilst you might think that outsourcing your IT requirements is an expense you cannot afford; you might be pleasantly surprised just how cost-effective an IT support consultancy can be.
IT support is not just about fixing problems. It is also about increasing performance and optimising the usability of each and every component within a system. An IT consultancy will create a technology road map for businesses which keeps them secure and up-to-date for years to come.
An IT professional has the skills and knowledge to manage and maintain a network whilst keeping it as secure as possible from potential cyber threats. Outsourcing IT support is a cost-effective way of keeping your company running smoothly without disruption to your core business.
When you consider employing, training and maintaining an in-house IT consultant may exceed the £45k mark, suddenly outsourcing your IT support becomes a much more viable option. Add to this that you get access to a whole team of IT experts and can pay for as much or as little support as you need, the package becomes even more attractive.