5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your IT Strategy

5 Signs It's Time to Change Your IT Strategy

Are you dealing with slow systems that are causing productivity to decrease throughout the company? Then it may be time for a new IT service strategy. In this article, we walk through 5 of the top signs that it is time for an IT strategy change with resources provided on how to best implement those changes.

Noticeable Network Downtime
Poor System and Application Performance
Lack of or Insufficient IT Availability
Outdated Cybersecurity Technology
Issues with Line of Business Application Integration

1. Noticeable Network Downtime

When a company is lacking consistent network monitoring, it can be difficult to pinpoint the root cause of network downtime. In most industries, downtime can cost the company both revenue and reputation.

If this is something that is becoming a frequent occurrence or affecting your business, it is important to have an IT professional take a look. The longer a network problem is left unaddressed, the more significant the consequences for business infrastructure.

2. Poor System and Application Performance

Most of us have experienced slow systems and applications in the workplace. If you have not, then you are one of the lucky ones. In this case, we are referring to frequent downtime or disruptions to your workday due to poor performance.

If an application is not usable, it is either not driving revenue to the business or causing employees to work less efficiently. Frustration both from employees and potential clients can also stem from slow systems. This is a clear sign to get your systems evaluated by an IT professional.

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3. Lack of or Insufficient IT Availability

It is easy to understand the struggles that come with lack of availability if you have experienced long help desk queue times or an overloaded IT professional. Unfortunately, we are seeing this more and more with our clients that come in for a consultation.

The increased number of cybercrimes is forcing both internal IT teams and external IT teams to enhance monitoring and prevention strategies, which results in additional delays on teams that may not be well-equipped to handle an increased workload. If this is a frequent occurrence, it may be time to reevaluate your IT solution strategy.

Related Article: Cybersecurity For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

4. Outdated Cybersecurity Technology

Cybercrime is on the rise and cyberattacks are advancing in sophistication. As the threats evolve, so must your cybersecurity technology. By using outdated technology, your business runs the risk of losing potentially millions of dollars in an attack. It is just as important to work with a team that is continuously learning about IT best practices and how to prevent or terminate any suspicious activity.

What are the risks of using outdated cybersecurity technology?

  1. Increased Fees
  2. System Downtime
  3. Increased Risk of Cybersecurity Threats
  4. Compliance Risks

Overall, the risk of disruption for businesses that invest in cutting-edge technology is the lowest.

5. Issues with Line of Business Application Integration

Business applications are often used as tools to create transparency throughout a company whether it be through transaction or customer relationship management. Creating seamless integration between applications can often be complex and require an understanding of your business processes. As businesses grow, the complexity of application integrations within those businesses increases. With that being said, it is important to accurately integrate and monitor your business applications on a continuous basis.

Have you seen frequent disruption between applications that are supposed to connect without intervention? Then, it is probably time for an IT application integration assessment. Most structured managed IT companies will be able to determine and address any issues directly related to application integration. The primary exception is an issue with the application itself, which your IT company can work to address with the application team or provide an alternative solution.



Are you dealing with any (or all) of the above issues within your business? The next step depends on where you want to go from here. Are you thinking that an internal IT professional is the best route for your business or are you looking at outsourcing to a managed IT company? Below are a few resources to help guide your decision on where to go from here:

Resources for Finding the Best IT Service Provider:

Outsourced IT Vs In-House IT Staff

5 Factors That Affect Managed IT Service Pricing

6 Things To Look For In A Good IT Partner

The 30 Questions To Ask Managed IT Providers


Let the experts at Ford Office Technologies give you a hand at 1-800-633-3673 or by emailing info@fordtech.com

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