When should you upgrade your IT infrastructure?
Having an effective and supported IT infrastructure in place is fundamental for your business’ success. Given the speed at which technology evolves in the modern age, changes today that means staying on top of the latest developments and ensuring your teams are always working with the best possible tools. We all know this and yet updating IT infrastructure often gets put off until something difficult happens. If you want to avoid expensive and time-consuming disasters then these are some of the signs that it’s time to invest in an upgrade now.
YOUR BUSINESS HAS OUTGROWN YOUR ORIGINAL IT INFRASTRUCTURE
If you’ve achieved a lot of growth in recent years, then the initial IT infrastructure you started out with is likely no longer effective. From updated tech to a broader range of applications, there is a lot to consider if you want to ensure that your business can keep up with ever-evolving digital trends.
ONE TASK REQUIRES LOTS OF DIFFERENT SYSTEMS
This is often a sign that your systems are either out of date or you’re reliant on a cobbled-together approach that is probably inefficient, in turn reducing productivity and making your staff’s lives more complicated than necessary. A customised process can mean that you switch to a single system for a single task, saving time, money and minimising the potential for issues and mistakes.
THERE ARE NOTICEABLE ISSUES WITH PRODUCTIVITY AND DOWNTIME
If your IT infrastructure is no longer performing at optimum levels, then it’s going to be very noticeable when it comes to service and output. Problems with IT infrastructure can make it harder for employees to do their jobs, contributing to reduced levels of motivation and higher levels of frustration. It can also mean that customer service drops due to slow responses and faulty systems – this can have a big impact because most customers won’t accept a lack of investment in IT infrastructure as an excuse for their poor experience.
THERE ARE ISSUES IN SUPPORTING CHANGING WORKING PRACTICES
Over the past two years, we’ve seen a huge shift towards remote working practices and a greater need for flexibility surrounding work styles. While staff are returning to the workplace now, there are actually many benefits to offering a hybrid remote working approach. Suppose your IT infrastructure is not able to support this. In that case, the business will have low levels of resilience in the face of future lockdowns and be ill-equipped to respond to working practices as they continue to evolve.
YOUR EXISTING SYSTEMS REQUIRE CONSTANT ATTENTION
If you’re having to spend a lot of time and effort on configuration, work processes and application delivery, you’ll end up wasting a lot of resources. It also creates a lot of scope for mistakes and human error. Upgraded systems that integrate more automation could help to improve the way your business handles resources and in turn, reduce the amount of time and attention required to complete previously complex processes.
By identifying sooner rather than later that you need to upgrade your business’s IT infrastructure, you’ll end up saving a considerable amount of time, money and resources further down the line. To find out how the team here at Servnet can help implement a reliable, streamlined and effective IT infrastructure within your business, please visit our ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ page on our website, contact us via email at email@example.com or call us on 0800 987 4111 and speak to one of our specialists about the services we offer.