The world of IT and cybersecurity is ever-changing — so too should be your business strategy. Looking ahead to 2023, there are a number of strategies to be aware of to ensure you are setting the right goals for your business. From outsourcing your IT operations to assessing your current and future capabilities, we have compiled four planning tips to keep in mind for the new year. Read on to ensure your business is prepared, and your IT systems are up to date in the coming year.
Outsource or partner your IT
With inflation, rising gas prices and a possible recession still looming out there, you need to focus on running your business and, if possible, reducing costs. Outsourcing your IT services is a great way to do both. A few of the top benefits of outsourcing your IT services include:
More time spent on your business: Oftentimes businesses can get overwhelmed with their IT setup. Either they don’t have qualified employees, or they simply can’t keep up with the trends and security measures of the industry. By outsourcing these operations, you can spend more time on the things that matter most in your business.
Add an expert to your team: When partnering with an IT expert, you are adding dedicated and extremely qualified technological support to your staff. Never worry about missing crucial system updates, the safety of your network or keeping up with trends — an outsourced IT team can handle all of that and more.
Reduce operating expenses: Operating expenses is an item on every business’s balance sheet that represents the day-to-day costs of running a company. A great way to reduce these expenses is by outsourcing qualified IT help. By doing so, your business will lower payroll expenses, gain expert support and improve your bottom line.
By partnering with Logic Speak for your IT services, we can provide proactive monitoring and maintenance to your most critical devices, and ensure that your network stays safe and up-to-date.
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Assess current equipment
Outdated technology is susceptible to cyberattacks and other technological threats, so it’s important to take inventory every year to make sure equipment is up to date and up to your standards.
Even if you think your computers, routers and other technological equipment works fine, older models can become obsolete quickly, missing out on crucial software updates that leave your network vulnerable to attack. A yearly assessment will give you perspective on your current equipment, guiding your spending decisions about purchasing new equipment, or leaving IT services to other methods such as outsourcing or cloud-based.
But here’s the problem: You don’t know what you don’t know. You’re not the experts in IT, and with all of the demands of running your business, you are probably not up on the latest innovations, advancements and updates. We are. That’s our job.
There is an abundance of software such as Microsoft Office and similar tools that help businesses to make their day-to-day operations easier or more secure. We recommend several of these tools to help our clients run their businesses more efficiently. It’s good practice to assess all the tools your business is using — and how often they are being used.
Subscription services are another factor that contributes to operating expenses and eats into a business’s bottom line. If your company has subscriptions to tools that are not frequently being used, it may be a good idea to reassess what’s working and what isn’t in the new year. It could be your staff isn’t using the various software tools to the fullest and training might help. Additionally, an assessment of current subscriptions could identify gaps in your system, in which a new tool or software could improve operations.
Plan IT Goals
A final IT strategy for the upcoming year is to set clear IT goals not only for 2023, but also for three to five years down the line.
As a business owner you have no doubt set goals for business milestones and goals to achieve in the coming years — you should be doing the same with your IT systems. Even simple things such as updating office equipment and setting expectations for security measures can go a long way in making sure your IT systems don’t get left behind.
IT systems often get left behind in company initiatives, but the security of your network is one of the most important things for a business to focus on. Adequately planning IT goals and initiatives for the new year is how to stay ahead of potential equipment failures and cyberattacks.
That being said, not every business is capable of having a proficient IT department. Whether it be budgetary concerns or lack of good hiring candidates, the security of your system can end up falling by the wayside. At Logic Speak we’re here to help give you worry-free IT — so you can focus on the most profitable tasks for your business.