Has your business ever fallen behind in a serious technical project? If so, you probably know that failing to remain current with technology trends and changes can pose issues for your company, not limited to security and downtime. There are a few basic practices your IT staff or Managed Services provider can do to keep your organization current and out of the path of failing technology.
Upgrade legacy systems as much as possible.
Systems that have newer versions or that just cannot keep up with more modern applications should be examined for upgrade. This often entails an in-depth process by a team of IT experts, but these upgrades can be painless with the right amount of planning and the right provider.
Upgrade products that are reaching end-of-life.
Systems that reach the end-of-life stage no longer receive support from manufacturers. They will also cease to release patches and security updates for such products, leaving your company out in the cold when issues arise. These systems are not secure and only continue to run less efficiently over time. End of life transitions typically take months, so make sure your staff or provider knows when you have a product reaching its end of life so that they can plan an effective transition.
Stay current with patches and updates.
Updates and patches help improve usability and keep your systems secure. Following manufacturer releases and news regarding your business’s systems is a must, and your IT staff or provider should do this for you. Staying current with these updates is a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your business.
Understand compatibility between hardware, operating systems, and applications.
Your systems must be able to communicate with each other if you want your business to run smoothly. If you are thinking of trying out a great new line of business application or are interested in moving to a new operating system, have your staff or provider ensure that it will be compatible with your other technologies as well as systems on your wish list. This will prevent an in-depth refresh in the near future.
Gain knowledge with an IT audit.
How do you know if you need to examine any of these issues in your business? Your staff or Managed Services provider should stay up-to-date with changes in your environment. However, if this has been neglected, an audit of your environment by an expert Managed Services provider can help you understand what upgrades are coming up for your business’s technology.
Everyone slips behind once in a while, but being too far overdue for upgrades can cause downtime for your company. If you are concerned that some of your current technologies could use a refresh, or if you’re ready to create a reliable schedule for upgrades for the future, contact us. We are masters of helping businesses like yours maintain current IT environments.