Want Bigger Profits? Time to Ditch the Break-Fix Approach to IT

November 24th, 2016 - Category - IT Security, Security

Did you ever consider that the relationship your business has with IT and technology may be affecting your profits?

One of, if not THE, biggest cost to every business is employees.

Whenever your employees aren’t working, you’re losing money – or rather, not realising the full return on your investment in them.

As you can’t expect employees to be 100% productive all of the time, you dont want anything else, IT problems for example, to stop and keep them from working.

It is Possible to Prevent IT Problems and Avoid Disruption

Many IT problems can actually be avoided through a proactive approach.

By actively monitoring your networks, your IT partner can spot issues that could develop into more significant problems further down the line that will stop you or your employees from working. This could be a server backup that is not completing successfully, drives with low disk space, unpatched workstations or servers, applications or systems that have not been updated to the latest version, etc.

The above are all issues that could go undetected, but if not remedied they could cause one of the following problems:

Complete loss of data – unable to restore as backup was not completing properly – employees have to spend time redoing work and dealing with the chaos that a data loss results in.

Employee workstation slows down – due to low disk space. Employee can’t save work and could potentially lose work in progress. Employee has to spend time finding items to delete to free up space. Issue will likely recur.

PCs crash and servers fail – this is potentially the result of unpatched workstations and servers. This could result in employees losing work, employees being unable to access files on servers, and temporary loss of other services such as email.

Cyber attack and data theft – Another potential impact of not installing updates for servers, workstations, applications, operating systems etc. Applications and operating systems can contain vulnerabilities which the manufacturer releases patches and security updates for once they become known. It is vital that these are installed, as cyber criminals can take advantage of these vulnerabilities to gain access to your business networks. This could result in data theft, loss or encryption, or system-wide outages. 

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Loss of Working Time Won't Be the Worst of Your Problems...

These problems can all result in a lot of working time being lost by your employees. You, of course, still have to pay them while they're unable to be productive - eating directly into your bottom line.

These problems can also give you bigger financial problems, like fines due to breaching data security compliance regulations, and customers leaving you after losing faith in your ability to keep their data secure.

Any of these problems can be avoided through a proactive approach to IT.

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