You may not believe it, but some studies have shown that over half of businesses have not invested in IT in the last two years. Then again, maybe you are one of these businesses.
It’s financially prudent to reduce costs where possible, but not investing in IT will only cost you more in the long run. Here’s why failing to invest in IT is a dangerous came to play and how you can get the best deal possible.
Not investing comes with a cost, and it’s high
You may think you’re saving money by not investing in IT, but doing nothing has a cost, too. It has become such an integral part of many businesses that even the smallest hiccup can cause big problems.
For one, under-investment can make your IT infrastructure incredibly unreliable. If your employees can’t trust that your systems will work, how can you expect them to do their job properly? Slow computers seriously impact productivity, which ends up costing you money.
Then there’s the issue of downtime. If you don’t invest any money into your IT infrastructure, it’s only a matter of time before it stops working completely Downtime costs businesses severely. Firstly, there is the lost productivity of employees not being able to work. But then there is also the cost of repair, the cost of recovery and the cost to your reputation if downtime means you end up disappointing customers.
Not investing in IT is not the answer. Here’s how you can start investing today and get the best deal possible.
Ask your provider or find a new one
If you already have an IT provider, talk to them about how you can invest in IT as smartly and cost-effectively as possible. IT companies know that businesses have tight budgets and are well versed in helping those companies get the most bang for their buck. Together, you should be able to come up with a plan that helps you to improve your IT infrastructure without emptying your bank account.
If you don’t have an IT provider or if your current IT provider can’t help you, it’s time to find a new one. Be upfront about your budget constraints when choosing a provider and make sure you find a company that offers value for money. Of course, don’t jump at the cheapest provider without thinking. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
In some cases, the most cost-effective solution may be to work with IT providers to establish your needs and then go out and find machines and software yourself. It’s not in a provider’s interest to search for hours to save you a hundred bucks, but you may be able to save your company loads of money by buying end of the line stock and old software.
Here at OMNIPOTECH, we’ve helped dozens of cash-strapped companies get the best IT service their money can buy. We’re on hand to help you, too.