Growing a business can feel like a Herculean task. The will is there, but finding expansion room in the budget is a challenge. Turning to less expensive alternatives for the resources your business currently needs is a common go-to strategy. But that option sometimes backfires. It can leave a business unable to take advantage of future market opportunities.
Here's a better idea. Take a long look at your IT department. That's where the best opportunity may be for improved efficiencies and cost-savings.
The Business Problem
Your business is ready to explore new markets. You're looking for a powerful network that effortlessly connects you to national and international clients. Unfortunately, your IT department can't facilitate that goal because administrators are overwhelmed dealing with application glitches, password resets, and other daily tech headaches. System administrators can't help but respond slowly to the company's needs.
Growth isn't the only goal that's compromised by cumbersome practices. Security can be lost, too. Apart from the fallout of a damaged reputation, payouts in fines for a data breach can be devastating. Many businesses continue to rely on legacy systems that require administrators to input data manually increasing the chance of serious errors. Also, those old systems lack visibility. Managers want to know at a glance which employees have access to important applications, especially if the business is experiencing a high staff turnover rate.
Up to 80% of IT's budget goes to supporting legacy technology. The time it takes staff to work through the problems associated with that technology means that new products and services are delayed, and innovation is slow and hard to achieve.
How can a business possibly plan for growth under such conditions?
Hit the refresh button. Take a hard look at the tasks that typically make up a day in the life of your IT staff. That's where some of the most meaningful changes can happen.
Instead of requiring employees to sign on using different passwords for each computer or application,
implement a single sign on system that can also be automated to grant or remove access to new and outgoing employees.
Instead of using desktop applications with limited share options and flexibility,
implement customized business applications developed by a cloud provider.
Instead of maintaining a large bank of computers and paying for licensing, hardware, software, new integrations, maintenance, and service,
implement a bring-your-own-device policy, and supply fewer on-premises computers.
According to our partners at Okta, adopting the right cloud solution and automating IT support processes can reduce overhead costs by at least 30%. You can even create efficiencies and save money in other departments, too. HR and department managers can significantly reduce onboarding time so that new hires are set up and able to work on their first day. Modernized cloud applications allow employees to work remotely. There's no need to head back to the office for the right files before meting clients off premises. You can find everything you need in your customized cloud.
High productivity isn't just a factor of working more. It's a result of cutting costs in the right areas and providing staff with the tools that will streamline their jobs.
Will simply moving applications to the cloud be enough for you? Perhaps a complete digital overhaul is in order. Where would you like your business to be in five years?
Call us or start a chat with us right here. Our Cloud Productivity Experts can help fuel your growth by finding ways to automate and standardize your IT environment. It can help you be more innovative, resilient, and save you money.