Sometimes it can be challenging to manage your IT solutions, but much of the advice that applies to technology is just general advice for living a good life. Let’s take a deeper dive into these ideas and see if we can apply certain life lessons to a business IT setting.
Your IT infrastructure is going to present you with unexpected circumstances, so the best you can do is not let them catch you unawares. Your servers could fail someday, or a hacker could infiltrate your network and put your data at risk. You might even experience structural damage to your building, rendering it inoperable and hostile to work.
Believe it or not, you can prepare for these kinds of events. You just need to understand that the unexpected can happen at any time, so you must implement preventative measures and plans to handle them when they do surface.
There are certain parts of running a business that you can get away with spending a little less on, like the office K-Cups or generic brand snacks, but IT is certainly not one of these things. The lower the quality goods you purchase for your business, the more you are likely to spend in the long term finding the appropriate solution. You might even wind up spending more replacing hardware or purchasing new solutions entirely.
You should prepare to plan your expenses around the kind of business you want to run. This means implementing only what works best for you and not what is the accepted norm. No two businesses are the same, so their IT shouldn’t be, either.
Just like life often is, implementing your IT solutions can be a long and confusing ordeal, one that is full of inaction and incorrect choices. While you might have the broad idea of what your IT infrastructure should look like, it can be hard to make the correct choices. This is fine, and expected for someone who might not be an IT professional. Nobody knows everything, and you can’t expect yourself to.
There will always be parts of running a business where there is a clear knowledge deficit, so make sure that you are relying on experts in these fields whenever possible. You might choose to rely on an IT provider for the big technology decisions in your office, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Better to get it done right the first time!
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About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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