We are done stressing the fact that technology is no longer a choice but a need for every business. Whether you are a startup or a venture struggling for growth, building a strong IT infrastructure must always be on your ‘high priority’ list. However, when we say technology is essential, we don’t mean you should spend all the money you have on tools and systems you don’t really need. In fact, spending on the wrong technology is actually way more disastrous than not spending at all. That is the catastrophe we want to save you from.
It is understandable that IT may not be your bread and butter. Most business owners lack the technical understanding and expertise to make the right decision in this regard. While you can always go for professional consulting, it surely pays to educate yourself beforehand – not just to make the right choices, but also to avoid the wrong ones.
So here we are, sharing our experience to make sure you don’t have to learn it the hard way. Let’s get started with four of the most disastrous IT choices you should always avoid.
Choosing Consumer Grade Equipment
Many businesses are under the illusion that they can run their small business using mass-market equipment such as a user-grade PC or the routers typically used in homes. What you need to understand is that business-grade software requires equally capable hardware and equipment in order to perform right up to their mark. Business grade equipment is made with durability and scalability in mind. While the initial cost is higher, the value is long term.
Overlooking Training and Support
With new systems and solutions in place, you will need resources knowledgeable enough to make the most out of the technology you have invested. A little more investment in training goes a long way. Make sure you, or one of your resources, receive proper training before the system is in place and running. Also, make sure you have a proper support staff, in house or third party, to help you troubleshoot issues without wasted time.
Avoiding Proper Licensing
You have a small home-based venture and you might think you can continue with unlicensed software. However, over the past few years, manufacturers have become increasingly vigilant in identifying illegal usage and taking actions against offenders. That has actually completely shut down many businesses before they could even bloom. You should learn about retail, OEM, and open-license software to make sure you are not exposing your business to a legal risk.
Skipping Security and Backup
Who would be interested in your small business data? Small businesses are more vulnerable, and that is a fact well known by hackers and attackers. The worst thing you can do for your business is to rely on inefficient data backup and security software. Not only are you more vulnerable, the consequences of a security attack are more severe for small businesses. Statistics reveal that half the startups go completely out of businesses in case of data loss or security attack.
Finally, the worst IT choice is choosing to stay oblivious of your IT needs and how the current system is able or unable to fulfill those requirements.