Why you should consider investing in your IT Infrastructure

12th January 2016

When UK businesses were rocked by the recession, it was unsurprising that departmental budgets were slashed and plans to upgrade IT infrastructures took a back seat.

However, with business confidence growing and signs that the economy is on the up, businesses are revisiting their investment plans in a bid to secure future growth and remain competitive.

It is evident that IT is the back bone of many businesses, you only have to experience a temporary loss of Wi-Fi, or spend hours of your time each month sifting through filing cabinets, to realise that without effective IT, everyday tasks become time-consuming and difficult ones.

From investing in a cloud platform to upgrading your business’s telephone system; if it’s been a while since your business has invested or upgraded its IT, here are a few reasons why you should reconsider:

  1. Productivity

Deploying effective IT solutions and strategies within your business, such as online document management systems and supporting employees to work on-the-go, help employees to be more productive while reducing the time it takes to complete tasks.

Increase Business Productivity with an updated IT infrastructure

  1. Security

Security breaches can have significant implications on a business’s reputation and revenue, as well a loss in trust from its customers and partners. Being proactive and investing in your IT to ensue that your data and information is secure should be a priority.

Internet-Security

  1. Stay Competitive

Though your business may be hesitant to upgrade its IT, industry competitors likely won’t be as hesitant. Updating may be difficult at first, but it can help you stay on an even keel with your competitors and even gain a significant edge over them.

  1. Facilitate Growth

As your business grows, it’ll likely outgrow its space and eventually its IT infrastructure. Investing in new infrastructure can help ease your business’s growing pains. For example, upgrading your bandwidth can allow your business to download and send files faster, thus increasing productivity.

  1. Reduce Costs

Upgrading your IT can help make your business leaner and more efficient, and you’ll see returns on your investment almost immediately. For instance, just one aspect of cost savings involves switching to an online document management system to make it easier for employees to locate files, giving them more time to focus on their core business tasks.

*This article has been included in Business Cornwall Magazine’s January/December edition. 

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