It is hard to believe, but some studies claim that up to 50% of companies have not invested in IT at all for last two years. Around 30% of organisations are waiting for the economy to pick up before they improve their IT infrastructure.
While seeking to control costs makes total sense for many businesses, not investing anything in IT normally is a false economy.
Doing nothing has a cost too
There are two major problems when it comes to burying your head in the sand and avoiding any IT investments.
Problem No. 1 – reliability. It is like expecting your car to work without flaws even though you’ve not had it serviced for years. Normally IT is a crucial part of your business, and you need to treat it as such.
Problem No. 2 – downtime. It is a hidden cost that many businesses do not take into account.
If your IT systems are slow and crash on a regular basis, it is not rocket science to work out how much it costs to your business in lost productivity, lost opportunities and lost profits.
Ask the Experts
If you’ve not given any thought to your company’s IT for some time, it can be hard to know where to start.
Your first port of call should be your current IT support provider. Be honest with them and explain your situation, talk about any budgetary constraints, and listen to what they have to say.
However, if they cannot come up with a flexible and cost-efficient solution for you … well, then you probably need to review your current IT support arrangements.
Finding a bargain
When it comes to refreshing your IT infrastructure, don’t be afraid to shop around. The difference in prices between suppliers can be substantial, and you do not want to pay more than you have to.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Check the major IT resellers, including BT Shop, eBuyer and PC World Business.
- You can go directly to manufacturers too – Dell, Lenovo and HP all sell directly from their websites.
- Look for the end of line models, and you can usually get more for your money by choosing a slightly older model.
- Check out the open box and ex-display bargains. Some online merchants sell stock that has been returned and most of the time it is good as new. Try Amazon Warehouse Deals, eBuyer’s outlet and save money!
So there is no excuse to delay your IT infrastructure investments as there are plenty options for cost effective ways of doing. Also, it can be implemented gradually rather than waiting till your IT collapses completely.