Downtime is one of those dreaded words that gives business owners and managers nightmares. When some or all of your people can’t access core IT systems it’s always bad news – for relationships with customers, for productivity, for employee morale and, ultimately, for the bottom line.
The damage and cost of unplanned downtime depends on how long systems are down for, and how much each business relies on smooth-running technology, for income and customer satisfaction. Even planned downtime can cause problems and, these days, is often unnecessary.
Here are some key things you can do to minimize unplanned downtime – and even planned downtime too:
- Create a strategy and action plan to actively manage all aspects of your IT
- Put a disaster recovery plan in place
- Organize regular automated backups
- Regularly check your backups
- Monitor and update all your devices and systems.
The thing is, for most SMBs with limited IT resources and expertise, the most efficient and cost-effective way of ensuring that these tasks are completed and checked is to work with a trusted IT service partner with specific technical expertise and management skills.
Although there are costs involved, as there are engaging with any supplier, these are usually very reasonable, while the impact of not making this investment can be huge.
Just one more tip: Make sure your prospective IT service provider offers flexible terms so that you can quickly and easily go elsewhere if you need to – beware of those businesses that want to tie you down to long contracts with complex terms!
If you’re concerned about the impact that downtime could have on your business and what you can do to prevent it, call us at 831-644-0300 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat about how we can help.
Adaptive Information Systems was founded with the mission to help businesses get the most out of their technology investments. We provide IT support in Salinas and the surrounding areas , we are ready to manage your IT needs so you can focus on running your business.