Does your IT partner allow you to continue using outdated systems that are a security risk?
If the answer is yes, then there may be trouble somewhere down the line for you and your business. There could be a variety of reasons why your IT partner is recommending the use of outdated systems, but what he/she is doing is gambling with the health of your business as well as your IT structure.
Resistance to change can be a massive hurdle to get over, especially for those who adapted to certain types of technology a few years back and are now happy to stick with what they know. They may be not be keen on disruption, and upgrading technology is going to involve work and upheaval they can do without, they may even be afraid of trying to tackle something they have relatively little understanding of.
Don’t put your head in the sand. What you or your current IT partner may not be aware of is that the technology, although tucked away where you can’t see it, may be broken in a way you can’t immediately see. Sticking your head in the sand could be putting your entire business at terrible risk.
In the background it can be causing all kinds of havoc and long-term damage. And in the end, the disruption to your business once your IT system collapses is going to be a whole lot worse than the disruption you were dreading from changing your current system. Old technology equals inevitable loss of productivity, and what’s even more frightening is the loss of important, crucial data that could negatively impact your business.
There are several areas where your business could be negatively impacted by the continued use of old systems:
- Loss of Competitiveness – your competitors are one step ahead of you due to more up to date systems, and you can’t compete with them
- IT Flexibility – Your outdated system can’t really do as much as a modern infrastructure. Your business’s flexibility is therefore compromised, data analysis and collaborations are hindered, and communication isn’t anywhere near as good as it could be
- Reduced responsiveness
- Increased security threat – you’re constantly dicing with danger as your creaking system is increasingly fending off new threats daily.
- Infrastructure degradation – which can lead to data loss through hard disk failures or data corruption
Good enough doesn’t really cut it when you’re putting your business at risk. If your IT partner is steering you in the wrong direction and refusing to update old systems – it could be time to find a new one. A new provider would help you put in place new, better, faster modern infrastructure to help manage your business. And should also provide the kind of effective ongoing support and management you may have been missing up till now.
To find out the key questions you should be asking your IT provider, download our IT checklist using the link below.