It goes without saying that many businesses have been having a difficult year due to the ongoing pandemic. Despite the challenges, however, several of our clients in La Plata and Winston-Salem were surprised at how they were able to remain resilient during this time. That is largely because they all conducted diligent business planning, including having a well-designed technology plan.
Technology planning may seem like a daunting task, especially with resources already spread thin for many small businesses. However, a technology plan is essential in providing business leaders with valuable information on how to grow their company.
Related article: Ways TaaS can redefine how you run your businessHere are some ways that a smart technology plan can help grow your business:
It allows you to focus on what you do
Running a business is difficult. When that difficulty is exacerbated by unreliable IT, it can affect your company’s bottom line.
A smart technology plan will help you identify the right strategy for every conceivable business scenario. It will let you utilize your investments equitably to maximize returns. A good tech plan should also provide you with courses of action to address issues that may arise.
A strategic tech plan will also minimize distractions so you can focus on doing what’s best for your business. Moreover, if you partner with a reputable managed services provider (MSP) for your technology plan deployment, you’ll be assured of enterprise-quality IT minus the headaches associated with in-house deployments.
It increases productivity
Technology planners account for the tools and processes fundamental to your business. They make sure that the tools are easy to use and make your employees' task less tedious. This, in turn, increases staff productivity.
For example, a well-planned system will make sure that software and other tools are all compatible with one another. Many IT planners will also choose software that can integrate industry-standard tools and apps into your systems so that users spend less time shuttling between disparate programs.
It improves work conditions
Technology planning elevates working conditions by boosting your systems’ reliability and ease of use, which then reduces, if not eliminates, downtime. With fully functioning IT, deadlines are met, workloads are well managed, and everyone stays happy.
A well-planned IT environment will also provide contingencies for calamities and disasters to make sure business data is protected. This secures all your valuable business data and enables your business to recover from an actual or potential disaster.
Related article: What is a disaster recovery plan? (And why you need one)It streamlines costs
Last but certainly not the least, a good IT plan will help streamline your costs and save money. A smart technology plan ensures you maximize your existing equipment so that you don’t keep buying new machines. It will also help you plan for utility, maintenance, and other usage costs.
For instance, an IT plan will tell you when it’s time for you to go and purchase a new server. IT plans outline quality thresholds for equipment so that you can assess which machines will need to be overhauled or replaced. This way, you get no nasty surprises, you can monitor your equipment spending, and you can prepare for issues before they arise — and while they’re less expensive to manage.
Plan your IT infrastructure with outsourceIT’s best-in-class technology experts. We’ll make sure to provide you with thorough guidance every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more.