3 Actions to Gain and Maintain an Efficient Network
How long has it been since you last had a comprehensive assessment of your company's technology situation? If it's been more than a year since your last technology assessment, or if you have never had one, then you may be missing out on some great money-saving solutions. You can discover these solutions with a business review.
Find Inefficiencies with a Technology Assessment
The first step we take in reviewing your business is assessing your technology. Take for example your communications technology: Was your current communications system designed with maximum savings in mind? If not, then it may have been added onto and pieced together over the years and become inefficient. Old lines may not have been canceled, various devices may not be compatible; you may be sitting on a Frankenstein of a communications system that is a monster expense.
When Directive assesses your technology, we look at everything, including your communications system. We are able to make sense of the different lines, the tangles of cables, fax machines, phones, everything that's mashed together into one electrical nightmare. We would then recommend the best solution that will streamline your operations.
Or maybe your cabling is in tip-top shape, but you're being overcharged by your service provider. Another way we can help is by reviewing your phone bill, finding where you are being overcharged, and suggesting better deals, or even better services, like a VoIP communications solution. It may even be the case that your bottleneck is with your Internet provider and we can suggest a faster provider that you may not have known about.
Once you see the savings on your new phone bill, you may be kicking yourself for spending years paying more than what you needed to. During this part of the business review, we try to encourage clients to focus on the positive of how much they will save in the future, instead of how much was lost through years of being overcharged.
Expand With a Plan Using a Technology Roadmap
After your IT infrastructure is up-to-date and efficient, the next step of the business review is to provide you with a technology roadmap. Careful planning is the best way to efficiently expand your technology system because it offers you a healthy way to grow, that keeps up with the changing needs of your business.
Following a technology roadmap, prepared for you by Directive will prevent you from being in the same situation you're in now, especially in five years after your neglected IT infrastructure has deteriorated. This situation develops whenever the equipment that's been added is insufficient to meet the growing needs of your business. It's much better to be deliberate about adding the equipment over a planned period of time. This way, you can properly budget and afford the next technology solution that will give your business the competitive edge.
At the heart of this process of reviewing and planning is communicating with us the needs and goals of your company. If we have a deep understanding of what you do and where you want to go, you can then rest assured that your technology roadmap is designed with your best interest in mind, instead of worrying that something you don't need is being pushed on you.
Schedule a Regular Technology Checkup
A good business review is not just a one-time event. To do a technology review properly will require several reviews over a scheduled period of time. For best results, we recommend a review take place once every quarter. A quarterly business review will give you regular opportunities to meet with us and learn about the latest solutions that we have researched and sought out, specifically to help your company better achieve your goals. These recommended technology solutions are tailored for your needs. They provide you with a highly efficient network and saving you lots of money.
To kick off this review process for your business, uncover changes you can make that will save you money, and create a technology budget that will let you purchase the newest solutions that will improve your operations, give Directive a call at 607.433.2200