5 signs you need to invest in IT services
For many CIO’s and executives, the term “IT provider” is a sign of big spending. However, in recent years, IT services have become cheaper and an increasing number of business leaders realize the importance of a good IT consulting firm, recognizing that good service has the potential to improve business processes and their day-to-day operations.
What are IT services?
IT services can be consulting, skills, and experience offered by a provider, such as computer storage, installation and maintenance of software and hardware, or management services. In other words, any activity or service requiring the assistance of IT professionals.
Here are the 5 signs that you should invest in IT services:
1. Manual labour
Instead of investing in technology to reduce the time and effort required to complete tasks, many companies choose the solution that they feel is “simple”, hiring more human resources to perform manual tasks that could be automated. Over time, this vision is an integral part of the corporate culture and is often not questioned. Yet, it would simply be a matter of assessing how IT services could help improve business operations and calculate the return on investment. You could be very surprised!
2. Too much paperwork
Many companies do not have software to manage their day-to-day operations and therefore have a lot of paperwork and manual data entry or endless excel spreadsheets. Also, if you realize that papers pile up everywhere in your office, it’s time to leave this old method aside and invest in software, hardware or cloud services to make your company paperless. Plus, its fun to be environmentally friendly!
3. Old hardware platform
Just as it is important to have a good IT infrastructure, it is important to update it constantly. In general, the life cycle of IT equipment is 3 to 4 years. Therefore, keeping a platform with no update for a period of 5 years or more is a sign that a company must allocate a budget to invest in a new IT infrastructure.
4. Obsolete software
Many companies have not kept their software up-to-date for different reasons, such as the expiry of the vendor support contract or because of maintenance costs. To work around the software gaps, companies do not hesitate to create many mini-systems internally to fill the problems created by the obsolescence of software. Sometimes it is difficult to use Excel or Word to compensate for outdated software in a secure way. This is the sign that the company needs a new integrated software solution.
5. Poor continuity of operations and backup strategy
Traditional backups are not as powerful and reliable as new technologies. Thus, many companies neglecting the installation of appropriate backup systems face a great risk of data loss. IT providers can be significantly helpful in providing you with cloud or external data backup services tailored to your needs.
Is the investment in IT services worth it?
In terms of ROI, it will be visible through efficiencies and improvements in day-to-day operations. Therefore, the next time you take a closer look at how your business works, consider these 5 signs.
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Techni-Connection is a reseller of 3 POS softwares in Canada (Yourcegid Retail, VisualTouch, Retail Management Hero), addressing today’s evolutions and needs. New features are constantly added to the systems (Clienteling, eCommerce, Click & Collect, SaaS, Mobile-POS) to match omni-channel strategies and personalizing the customers shopping experience.
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