Technology is supposed to make your life easier. It’s supposed to save time, not burn it. So when I.T. isn’t working the way it should, it can cause a frustrating, time-consuming mess. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Here are 8 signs it’s time to do something different with your technology.
- You Are Having Security Issues
Some I.T. security issues seem small and relatively unimportant. Someone clicks on a link they shouldn’t have, and suddenly their computer is running at a snail’s pace. It could be worse: a hacker could compromise your entire network, exposing you to loss of data, privacy, and the ability to use your technology at all.
Having a small business doesn’t ensure hackers won’t bother with you, either. Far from it. In fact, 43% of all cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses (Joshua Sophy, Small Business Trends, June 21, 2016). If you want to stop having petty security problems and avoid tech disasters, you need high-quality security measures in place now.
- You Are Drowning in Paper Documents
Are you and your employees spending too much time looking for paper documents? It’s time to go paperless. With the right technology systems in place, you can eliminate paper from your office and still have what you need at your fingertips.
- You Are Losing Data (Or in Danger of It)
Every bit of data you lose damages your business. A major data loss can cripple it. Hard drives can fail. Computers can be lost or stolen. Viruses can steal your data. An employee can forget to back up data; or, or conversely, may accidentally delete something crucial. Someone doesn’t follow the right shutdown procedures, and your software is corrupted. If you don’t have systems in place prevent data loss, it can happen all too fast.
- You Have to Go in to the Office to Get Anything Done
Mobile computing is essential for most businesses. Technology is supposed to make mobility easy. It can, of course, but only if you have the right equipment, software, and systems. Proper setup is essential, too. That’s a tall order for a business owner or manager who is focused on getting their company’s product or service into the hands of customers. Managed services providers are much better-equipped to take care of all your mobility issues.
- You Are One Good Thunderstorm Away from Equipment Damage
Power outages can eat data. They can corrupt files and keep newly entered data from being saved. They can also keep you from working if they happen during the business day. Even worse, they can take out equipment like hard drives and networks.
There’s no reason you should have to worry about losing power to your systems. All you have to do is keep electricity going with backup batteries. The problem is that you can’t just set it up and forget it. You have to check the batteries regularly. With the right I.T. service, you can rely on them to check and replace batteries as needed.
- You Spend Way Too Much Time Arranging for Technology Repairs
You know technology doesn’t last forever. Unfortunately, it can fail very quickly under the wrong circumstances. Usually, early failures can be repaired, but that means you have to stop what you’re doing and find someone to do the job. The best solution is to have a managed services company that is helping you watch for problems and ready to get your equipment back in working order.
- Your Software Is Causing More Issues Than It Solves
If you buy the wrong software for your unique business, it may be inadequate to do the jobs you need it to do. Inefficient software can cause training issues, time delays, data loss, and frustration for you, employees, and customers alike.
You need software that helps you run your business efficiently. You aren’t likely to find that if you don’t do a lot of research and put a lot of thought into it. A managed services provider can discuss your needs with you and recommend software based on their vast knowledge of what’s available for businesses like yours. Then, they can install it correctly or set you up with Software as a Service (SaaS).
- Your I.T. Person Isn’t There When You Need Them
Are you still relying on a freelance I.T. person to help you solve your technology problems? If so, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. No single person can always be there when you need them. A managed services provider has the resources to be available 24/7, with the right help when you need it. You can arrange for help desk support, too, so everyone has easy access to your I.T. provider.
Business people often get into the mindset that tech problems are inevitable. The truth is that when your I.T. is managed right, technology can truly be everything it has been promised to be. Maybe you can’t avoid every slight issue, but what you can do is prevent major issues and solve minor problems before they become major ones. You can have systems that run smoothly and efficiently. With the right managed services provider, you don’t have to rely on one “tech guy.” Instead, you can get complete service and protection for your systems.
Anyone would be frustrated and worn out with inadequate technology and poor I.T. service. It isn’t you. It’s the tech. Look for the specific issues that are holding you back from technology efficiency. Then, deal with security issues, data loss, mobile equipment, software decisions, and choosing the right managed services provider. When you do, you’ll be happier with your I.T. In fact, you may not think of it much at all. You won’t have to with your I.T. provider on the job.
You can discuss your technology frustrations and learn the best ways to solve them when you contact JMARK at JMARK@JMARK.com or call us at 844-44-JMARK. The most helpful, efficient I.T. solutions are waiting for you. When you discover them, technology fatigue will be a thing of the past. You can let the tech do its job quietly in the background to re-energize you and set you on a smoother course.