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Having an IT department is not only important for keeping your business running smoothly, but it will also help reduce the chances of cyberattacks and downtime and make sure you have the right equipment to do the best at your job. Your IT department will inevitably be costing you each month, so instead of reducing it, why not look at ways of optimizing what you already have to make it more efficient.
Below we look at four different tips for cost optimization of your IT department.
Start using cloud storage
If you aren’t using it already, start looking into cloud storage. Not only will cloud storage reduce your monthly business costs, but it will make your business operate a lot more smoothly. Never has document sharing been so easy, you won’t need to store countless amounts of large hard drives and communication is a lot easier through programs like Slack or Skype. Cloud storage isn’t expensive, it’s easy to switch to and you’ll be helping the environment at the same time by reducing your unnecessary waste. If security is something you are worried about, you could use IT infrastructure monitoring to make sure everything is secure and operating as it should.
Invest in new technology in your IT department
When was the last time you invested in your technology and upgraded it? If the answer is a long time ago, then investing in new technology could save you some money. It sounds backward to say purchase new tech when looking for a way to optimize your spending but it can work. New technology often makes the processes of what you are doing quicker, it can last for longer and it could innovate in new areas of your business. Before purchasing, do a cost analysis to way out the pros or cons of purchasing some new tech.
Perform a review on efficiency
Try to understand the day-to-day work your IT Department does and review the costs that are associated with what they are doing. It could be that your IT department isn’t as efficient as it can be but with a few changes you can increase their productivity. Maybe they don’t have the right tech and tools for the jobs or they simply spend too much time checking their emails. By understanding what they do, you can work with them directly, reducing the need to make cuts.
Manage your contractors
You may have a dedicated IT department in-house, but the chances are they may contract some of the work out to contractors. Perform a review on this, confirming what contractors they use and the costs associated with them. It could be that you can employ someone to do the role of a contractor or you simply don’t require their service anymore. In some instances, there may be other contractors out there that will do the role but at a cheaper price.
At The End
What tips do you have for cost optimization of an IT department? Are there any tips that you would like to add to the above point? Let us know in the comment box below.