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Seven steps to efficient IT systems

These days it doesn’t matter what industry a company may operate in, a significant proportion of the workload carried out will rely heavily on effective IT systems. Inadequate IT systems will ultimately lead to a wide variety of issues for a business, impacting productivity, security and even its long-term survival. Below we will take a look at seven steps that a company can take to ensure their IT systems are efficient.

Infrastructure

The first step for any business when it comes to their IT is to carry out a full analysis of its current IT infrastructure and identify areas of improvement, to tailor it to the specific needs of the organisation. Whether large or small a company’s infrastructure must be carefully planned, taking into account both the hardware and software needed to complete core tasks and ultimately keep the business running effectively at all times.

The right storage

Storing data and documents is a vital component to any company, and therefore it must suit the needs of employees in terms of storing, managing, accessing and extracting information. When choosing the right storage solutions for your business, it is highly recommended that you review the scalability of the solution and how secure it is.

Networks

Both a reliable network and great connectivity are crucial to the running of the vast majority of businesses. Prior to implementing a network solution within your organisation, it is essential that you assess the level of connectivity you require, do you have remote workers? Do you offer WiFi to customers? What hardware will require internet connection?

Cloud software

One of the most significant advancements in technology over the past few decades has been cloud technology. The cloud has transformed the way in which businesses work, and has had a major impact on productivity for countless companies across the globe. Whether you are looking for storage, reporting, CRM, file sharing, or any number of other features, the cloud can, more often than not, offer a much more cost-effective, reliable and scalable solution.

Cyber security

As cyber criminals carry out more and more sophisticated attacks on businesses of all sizes, it is vital that a company takes all necessary steps to reduce its risk to cyber attack. These steps will occur on a number of levels, including emails, passwords, software updates, staff training, virus protection, firewalls and much more.

Disaster recovery

Statistics show that 40% of businesses hit by disaster will never recover, and therefore a disaster recovery plan is crucial. A ‘disaster’ could include any number of events, be it natural disasters such as flooding, or man-made such as fires or cyber attacks. An effective disaster recovery plan will outline the series of events that will occur immediately after a disaster, including restoring files and the roles staff will play, this allows you to ensure the business is back up and running as soon as possible.

Expert support

Every organisation should have an IT professional on hand at all times to guarantee that if any issues arise resolution will be found quickly. Here at MWL Systems, we have provided expert support to businesses, organisations and even villages to ensure they have the ideal IT solution to keep them operating efficiently.

Contact our team today to find out more about how we can support your business.