A lot of people don’t like to think about the IT infrastructure of their business for too long. They’d prefer it if someone else would just set the whole thing up as quickly as possible while they get on with a lot of the pure business tasks. But this can be a mistake in the long term.
There are many problems that occur in your average office due to lackluster IT management. It’s a process that needs to be streamlined in order to make it as simple and as hassle-free as possible. Don’t be tempted to skip involvement in this process; oversee a simplification of your tech system!
A lot of business owners try setting up the IT infrastructure themselves. Admirable, but this can often lead to a lot of errors occurring in the future if it’s not done correctly. Speaking of future errors, many businesses will also try to fix them in-house despite not having the expertise. All of this creates a bunch of roadblocks to your business processes – something you need to avoid if you’re looking to streamline things! Consider getting some outsourced IT assistance.
Sync your software
Speaking of the abundance of software one usually finds in your average office, getting your head around all of them can pose some difficulty. A lot of companies have several pieces of software to aid them in their mission, but because they so often all work independently of each other, a lot of time is spent getting a lot of the same information placed into several systems. If you’ve ever despairingly said to yourself “There must be an easier way!”, then you’re in luck: it is actually possible to sync up the functionalities and databases of a lot of software.
Don’t have a rainbow of operating systems
Some people prefer Mac OS. Some people prefer Windows. But it’s not as simple as Mac vs PC. Some people love Windows 8; others refuse to move on from XP. (To be fair, XP was pretty damn great.) Some Mac users are up-to-date and using Sierra; others have been avoiding the utter hassle of updating since Mountain Lion. This is a scenario you want to avoid in your office; even if some people are using Macs and others are using PCs, at least get them all using the same corresponding operating systems. Otherwise, you’ll run into functionality and syncing problems eventually.
h3>Have an inventory and keep your manuals
Your average modern business has loads of hardware and software. You should be creating an inventory of all of it. The systems in your business that are critical to your mission should be given particular attention. All of this should be clearly documented; how everything interconnects, what systems are vital, etc. This makes it much easier for any tech newcomers to your company to get the hang of things quickly. And don’t be tempted to throw away the manuals for any hardware or software you acquire – it’s much easier to refer to those than to search for the corresponding documents online. (Although Manuals Online can cover you if you lose them!)