Small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) have historically been restricted in what they can do with their technology infrastructures. However, there are now options that an SMB can leverage that enable it to accomplish more with their infrastructure, but this requires the SMB to have a plan in place. So, is your IT infrastructure hindering your business from expanding?
What Is Your IT Infrastructure?
In short, your IT infrastructure is everything that contributes to your business’ ability to store and use the data it has collected. This includes your network, your storage system, and the hardware and software solutions used to access them. In other words, it’s your business’ backbone, supporting your operations and allowing data to be transported where it needs to go. If you have not done IT inventory to get tabs on all of the things that encompass your IT infrastructure, now would be a good time.
It should go without saying that your IT infrastructure is a critical consideration for your business’ success. This means that you will need to dedicate the time and energy needed to devise a strategy for your IT infrastructure to follow.
Determining Your IT Infrastructure Strategy
In order to be optimal for your business’ needs, your revised infrastructure strategy should touch on a few best practices. This will help your business grow in the long term, rather than hindering it with short term fixes.
As you’ve needed to improve your infrastructure, it’s likely that it has grown based on the individual needs it had at the time. As a result, there’s a good chance that your IT infrastructure has a mix of technologies in it, which makes it harder to improve and update it later.
When designing your new infrastructure, you should leverage the modern standardization of software and integrations to create a centralized platform that enables data to be utilized across the business. This will help to simplify your IT and improve your workplace experience, often providing more functionality and flexibility for your users. If you do not currently update your software and devices on a regular basis, your business can fall behind. Using a managed service provider like Symmetric IT Group can help with this.
Speaking of flexibility, information technology is always adapting and changing, which means that your IT infrastructure needs to be able to accommodate these adaptations and changes. Considering your current infrastructure, ask yourself where your biggest speed constraints are, and how they can be rectified.
When you really consider it, your IT provides a service to your operations, in that it enables them to happen. While this may be a simplistic view of it, it isn’t any less true. When designing your infrastructure, you need to keep in mind that it will be providing your entire business with the tools that it needs to function. Consider what you need your infrastructure to do, and what you will need it to do in the future and plan it accordingly.
Why You Should Consider a Managed IT Infrastructure
I want you to think back to the beginning of your business, when it was just you and maybe one or two other people. You may have had a hand in setting up your network back then… so why not do the same again now? Well, there are a few reasons.
First of all, consider your responsibilities. Can you really say you have the time to properly strategize your infrastructure, let alone maintain it once you’ve done so? Secondly, there is no denying that technology has changed. Would you rather try and tackle it yourself, potentially creating an issue, or would you rather entrust someone with experience to take care of your organization’s infrastructure? We understand that you are busy and so using a company like Symmetric IT Group to professionally handle your systems may be the best option.
Symmetric IT Group can manage your infrastructure on your behalf, ensuring that it is optimized to your business’ particular requirements so that your efficiency can be improved. Reach out to us at (813) 749-0895 to learn more. Go to our managed IT services page to get more information on how we can help optimize your IT infrastructure today.