Do You Really Want the Cheapest?
These days, small businesses are more dependent on IT systems than at any other time in history. Because of this, even the slightest hiccups in our tech centered workflow can have expensive, lasting consequences. Perhaps the most dramatic illustration of this occurred back in 2013, when Amazon went dark for half an hour. Sure, it was a paltry 30 minutes, no big deal, until you consider the mega giant was theoretically hemorrhaging $66,240 every 60 seconds, based on their quarterly revenue. So do you really want the cheapest?
Of course, your company probably isn’t a staple of international commerce like Amazon. Because of this, many small business owners think that a downed server or small security breach here and there won’t matter too much for their bottom line. For these unlucky few, IT takes a backseat to more “pressing” issues, and they go the cheap route with their technicians. This cost-cutting solution seems like the idea of the year, and will undoubtedly work great for the business — until it doesn’t.
Maybe your long-time technicians fail to notice a piece of outdated equipment. Your server goes down during peak business hours. Virtually all work grinds to a halt, your employees are forced to shoot three-pointers into the trash bins. Add up the two hours of wasted wages for your entire team. Also add the financial cost of missed business, data loss if there is any. Don’t forget the much more intangible loss of customer goodwill as they struggle with diminished service on a workday. You’ll come up with a sum that disabuses any business owner of their illusions about “cheap” IT.
It Could Be Worse..
And that’s not even close to the worst-case scenario. Imagine, for a moment, that your techs assure you, despite the lack of regular monitoring and maintenance, your network is secure. These words of complacency sound good until the day a team of hackers actually attempt to gain access your systems. They find outdated, broken down security solutions in place. Basically, the front door left gaping wide open! At that moment, your business becomes a criminal’s playground. They’re free to access financial information and personal data of your customers and employees. They can hijack your business to send out floods of malicious software and spam. They can hold nearly every aspect of the company ransom for thousands of dollars, and cause sheer chaos. Do You Really Want the Cheapest?
“These words of complacency sound good until the day a team of hackers actually attempt to gain access your systems. They find outdated, broken down security solutions in place. Basically, a front door left gaping wide open!”
The fact is, fixing problems is a lot more expensive than preventing them. Do You Really Want the Cheapest? When you cut corners and utilize subpar IT professionals (if any at all), you’re paying for an array of inferior, Band-Aid solutions that will be applied haphazardly, and usually too late. Like a finger plugging a hole in a dam. But when you make a substantial investment in your IT support, you’re investing in the most basic aspects of the future of your company.
Robust network security, dependable computers and servers, consistent internet access, and other fundamental components of your company network are far from luxury items. These days, technology forms the scaffolding upon which businesses run. If any piece of the operation fails, the whole system suffers, usually accompanied by a fat financial penalty.
Lets Get Serious
There is an ever-growing, endless list of potential technological pitfalls that can have permanent consequences for your business. Teams of hackers searching for vulnerabilities in small businesses, rogue employees with a grudge, lost laptops, aging and unreliable hardware, fire, natural disasters, and IT “professionals” that have no idea what they’re doing, to name just a few. Technology keeps progressing, and companies depend increasingly more on it to stay competitive. It simply doesn’t make sense to relegate IT to the neglected corners of your budget.
When it comes to business, there’s a lot to worry about these days. A total collapse of your company’s technological infrastructure doesn’t need to be one of them. Invest in a robust, managed IT package from tried-and tested professionals, and leave the worrying to the experts. You can rest assured that our IT team of experts truly has you covered. So Ill ask again, Do You Really Want the Cheapest?