It is vital for businesses to invest in proactive monitoring for their IT systems. When you switch from being reactive to proactive you prevent downtime, improve productivity, reduce the risk of attacks on your network and can even see benefits to staff morale.
At Woodstock IT, we only use best practices and work hard for a number or businesses, from startups to large corporations. and from the public sector through to charities. By actioning 24/7 monitoring, anti-virus software and healthcare checks we ensure a company has all the IT it needs to succeed, with fast, reliable performance.
If you are considering how your IT is currently monitored, talk to one of our experts on 01403 290321 or 01293 912321. If you’re unsure what you’d gain from a proactive approach, here are the top five benefits your business could enjoy:
5 benefits of being proactive
1. It stops hackers and viruses before they can wreak havoc on your network
A huge benefit of proactively monitoring your network is that antivirus software can be consistently run, maintained, reviewed and improved. By regularly doing this, your network and data will be protected, hackers will be put off from attempting to access your system, and you can complete your work knowing your data is secure.
In the event of a hacker gaining access to and control of an IT system, both company and client data is at risk. In some instances hackers demand money to return it. When this occurs, it’s likely to impact a company who isn’t proactively monitoring their network and unfortunately, it makes a business look vulnerable and unreliable to consumers. This is in addition to it being a stressful, costly and time consuming issue to solve.
2. It can prevent the system crashing or slowing down
Proactive monitoring can prevent a crisis. If you can detect small problems early, before they become larger problems, your network will be far safer from suddenly breaking, slowing down or crashing altogether. No one wants to see the ‘blue screen of death’, telling them their system has crashed when they get into work or have a deadline. It’s important to ensure all problems are logged and reported, so they can be fixed and continuously monitored. A pattern may emerge, leading you to be able to prevent a large problem long before it has occurred.
Proactive monitoring also means you are aware when your computer is running out of space. This can slow down the system and mean suddenly one day staff are no longer able to save any documents. Prevent this by monitoring space on the network, and by making the most of the cloud. Making sure you have modern software and hardware, which other companies like you will be utilising, will keep you in line with or ahead of your competitors.
3. Your system will work better in general, increasing staff productivity
If your staff members’ laptops work quickly, and any network downtime is avoided through regular monitoring and maintenance, staff will be able to get to the documents they need, and produce work and save it far quicker, resulting in a more productive team. This is especially important for staff who are uploading large files. If frustration with the system is avoided, this also means your staff will be far happier.
A seamless network, which flows well and is easy to understand by staff members of all backgrounds and technological capabilities, is also incredibly important in ensuring staff productivity remains high. Regular proactive monitoring of your system, ensuring it has the latest software and hardware, will greatly help how functional and simple the system is. Having to spend days training staff on a complicated system wastes time, and this will have to be repeated with every new recruit.
4. It increases staff morale
Happy staff will want to work harder for you, and in turn you can feel good about giving your staff what they need to do their jobs well. There’s nothing worse for an employee than a ‘blue screen of death’ when they need to get on with work in the morning, or the worry that they’ve lost all their hard work.
Frustration can build quickly when a system you rely on heavily breaks, is slow or inconvenient in general, which is why a simple, fast and effective network is something so essential.
It also increased the chance that staff won’t send their work home, risking data breaches, or email their work to a personal email in case of documents being lost because of a poor IT system.
5. It will save your business money in the long run
By avoiding emergency call-outs, fixing small problems before they become big ones, avoiding huge data breaches (which can result in costly legal problems) and avoiding giving in to hackers threatening your network, proactively monitoring your IT system will save you huge amounts of money in the long run.
If your system crashes and staff have to redo their work, that will cost you in staff time. Low staff morale from a slow, dated network will see good members of staff leave for more modern, forward-thinking companies, again costing you greatly.
Be proactive in retaining good staff, avoiding IT crises and ensuring a smooth, fast system by giving your system regular health checks. Proactive monitoring also means you won’t have sudden large costs when something goes wrong, and monitoring, whether through your own IT department or a third party, is built into your business’s budget regularly. Investing in good software and hardware will also save your business money in the long run.
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To make the most of our services where we provide you with unlimited proactive support, discover more about our managed services. We’d love to help your business and can create a bespoke package suited to your company’s individual needs.
We help businesses from new startups to large international enterprises, so give us a call today to discuss how we can help you. You can reach us on 01403 290321 or 01293 912321 or drop us an email at [email protected].