5 Ways to Reduce Downtime

It may not come as a surprise that operating a business is an expensive venture. When a business is faced with technical problems on their network, software or equipment, costs go beyond just a financial standpoint. The time that employees spend trying to fix these issues, or waiting for technical support to do the same, could be spent in a manner that is productive for the business. Here are a few ways to reduce that risk, save your business some financial stress, and make sure it operates at an optimal level.

  1. Choose a vendor that aligns itself with the vision of your organization. Downtime is inevitable in the workplace. One way to ensure that your business stays productive during that time, is to hire the right IT management service. Having an entire staff for the management of your business’s IT systems can be expensive. Hiring a team of educated and trained professionals will help solve the problems in a quick, satisfying manner and can save stress from a financial standpoint.
  2. Consistently update your software and hardware. The phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, is not always applicable. In the fast-moving world of information technology, it is important to stay as up-to-date as possible. Keeping up with the latest updates for applications on your mobile devices and workstations is a simple, effective way of reducing the risk of downtime. While consistently updating systems may not eliminate downtime, it is the first important step.
  3. Implement procedures, in the event that a business experiences system downtime. An important step in reducing downtime is simply taking the necessary precautions to ensure that your business stays productive when disaster strikes. As was mentioned previously, downtime can be inevitable at times. Natural disasters and major power outages are unavoidable. It is useful for businesses to create a list of tasks and objectives to have completed while dealing with system downtime. Outages are unpredictable and being proactive in preparing for them is an easy and effective strategy.
  4. Purchase reliable equipment. While it might be tempting to make the decision to purchase lower priced products and services, it can greatly increase the risk of system downtime. The decision to invest in high quality equipment is a simple, effective step in being sure that you avoid system errors. Higher quality products will last longer and perform at a more productive level. Even though the initial purchase of low quality equipment is cheaper, it will require maintenance and will have a shorter lifespan.
  5. Regularly clean the facilities. Another cluster of problems that can occur with equipment is water damage, careless employees, small pests chewing through wires, and fires. Take the time to properly train employees on the importance of maintaining a clean workspace and checking the necessary structural hazards.

Operating a business is expensive and it is important to be confident in the stability of your technology. Following these few simple objectives will help minimize the frustrations of dealing with downtime. It starts with finding the vendor that is right for your business needs. Here at First Call, we separate you from those technical frustrations and help save your business time and money. Contact us to set up a free consultation today!

 

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