As our economy seems to be slowly gaining momentum, companies are looking again toward infrastructure changes to adapt to the expected growth. Business owners and decision makers would do well to spend wisely in the area of IT, and avoid future costs hidden in today’s savings.
Many IT providers have become price sensitive to their customers, providing them with hardware that is good for today, and economical. For instance today there are a dozen options for i3 processor class PC’s with 4GB of RAM and a modest hard drive from very reputable manufacturers for under $500. The problem is that those systems are likely to be slow and outdated well before their 3 year warranty expires. For just under a thousand dollars though, a system can be purchased that will provide exceptional performance for a full 3 years. These systems offer faster processors, more memory, and solid state or hybrid drives which significantly improve start up time and performance. But why pay double for a system that will last the same three years? Consider this. Let’s say an average user makes $15 an hour, and spends about 3 minutes per hour waiting on a slow PC. That’s $1,560.00 per year in lost productivity. If a faster system could reduce that by just 30%, the system would save over $1,500 over the three year life and be well worth the investment. Not to mention the frustration and discouragement you would avoid for your employees. Bargain switches and free anti-virus solutions are equally as dangerous to a growing office. A solid and secure foundation to your network is key to both productivity and profitability. Investing in an HP or Cisco switch, Cicso or Sonicwall router and both workstation and gateway anti-virus provides that type of ground level security. Placing the stability of your network in jeopardy with a $300 48 port switch can lead to hours of downtime troubleshooting. And that’s hours with everyone down, usually not just one user.
Before you paddle out to ride the waves of prosperity, make sure you check with your IT provider to see that they have switched gears along with you. If they are quoting you the same options they have been for the past several years, ask to meet with them to go over your plans. At Simpletech, we see ourselves as part, if not the entire CIO team for our clients. So we make it a practice to look out for these changes. If that’s a service you may have interest in, call us at (866)724-8946. When it comes to business technology, we get it. You just want it to work!