Staying ahead of the competition requires IT infrastructure upgrades on a regular basis for any kind of business. Business practices, technological advances and customer demands are all changing at an accelerated rate. It’s critical to determine the best time to upgrade your technology and the most effective way to do it while minimizing disruptions to your operations.
In this case study, we will explore what a complete IT overhaul can do for an organization. We will also mention ways to update your business technology without causing too much disruption to your business operations.
Why is it necessary to carry out an IT infrastructure overhaul?
The most common reason for an IT infrastructure upgrade is that technological hardware has a limited lifespan. Desktop and laptop computers, on average, survive for three to five years, while servers have a lifespan of roughly three to five years. As part of system management, it makes sense to replace or upgrade computer hardware before it begins to deteriorate and become ineffective.
This is in addition to the shift in how we work. Companies are increasingly adopting remote working policies, allowing employees (and often wanting to) use a mobile device to connect with and access the business network. To cope with this requirement, they must reorganize their IT assets.
Furthermore, as data creation and use continue to grow rapidly, enormous amounts of data are generating new demands for access to data from anywhere, which facilitates the need to replace older machines and servers that can’t handle the demands or suffer performance issues while trying. Security is also a concern because older operating systems are more vulnerable to malware and ransomware attacks as well as data loss.
What ITBizTek did for the client
We assessed the client’s current IT infrastructure and it was not a state to keep up with the current remote working demands. Our aim was to come up with a solution that would not only streamline the technology but also to centralize their data so that it could be remotely accessed without disruptions. When we perform a complete IT overhaul, we take certain factors into consideration such as: scalability, data security, data storage, data accessibility, speed and cost. We like to implement solutions that are feasible in the long run for our clients and meet their unique business objectives. Once we finished the IT assessment and all the planning was done, it was time to implement the strategy.
This required us to:
Install a cabling cabinet
Install a new server
Secure the server
Secure the network
Set up a cloud backup
Configure work from home
Update the computer and ARP system
Once we were done, the improvement in functionality and increase in overall workforce efficiency was highly noticeable and appreciated by the client. We understand that changing to a new system can be challenging and this is why we provide 24/7 IT support and training for our clients so that they can fully enjoy the benefits of their new IT infrastructure.
Expert tips for a smooth IT overhaul
Plan – Nothing should be undertaken without a well-thought-out plan, as with any company process or strategy. Prepare each stage of the IT infrastructure upgrade ahead of time so that everyone knows what has to be done and when it needs to be completed. Outsourcing the IT maintenance to an external service provider is a popular choice, and it’s important that they offer you a thorough strategy for action that meets your present and future requirements. Contact us for a free IT assessment.
Assess – Before you begin upgrading your IT infrastructure, you should have a clear idea of what it entails, so an examination of the company’s current IT assets is required. Create a detailed inventory of your present hardware and software, including version, CPU, memory capacity, purchase date, software installed on it, warranty expiration date, and user purpose.
Budgeting & Decision Making – Once you have determined what needs to be upgraded urgently and what can wait, you can begin making decisions about the scope of the IT infrastructure upgrade. The short-term option for businesses with a limited IT budget is to upgrade specific parts, such as doubling memory, renewing warranties, and adding more processors, hard drives, and networking equipment. It allows the business to spread upgrade expenses over time, and it can extend the infrastructure’s lifespan by a few years. Another option is to consider shifting your operations to the cloud, so that all of your storage, servers, and hardware are connected and hosted online. Aside from the cost savings that come with replacing your traditional server with an online one, this model provides several benefits. Authorized users can access your network from anywhere, at any time, using any device to meet the demands of today’s business climate.
Recurring Assessments – Technological advancements are continuous, and in order to stay ahead of the competition, your company will need to continually evaluate whether its IT infrastructure fulfills your demands as your business expands and develops. You should take advantage of all the data you’ve gathered throughout the planning and assessment stages to figure out not just how long your IT assets will last, but also what other technology you may use to enhance efficiency.
Outsourcing this procedure to an external IT support team is a fantastic idea. We can conduct the full audit and advise you on your IT infrastructure priorities. We can also help you build an IT roadmap that is in sync with the rest of your organization’s goals, lowering overall cost while still meeting business targets. Being in the industry for over 20 years, we know that each business has its own unique needs when it comes to an IT infrastructure. We like to work with our clients hand in hand to help them reach the maximum potential for their business.
At ITBizTek, we assess your current IT infrastructure to see whether it meets the demands of your company. We consider the security, complexity, speed, mobility, and cost of the technology design that is best suited for your organization before offering you a complete IT solution that is appropriate for your business. Being in the industry for over 20 years, we understand that every company has its own unique requirements when it comes to technology. We like to collaborate with our customers and work hand-in-hand to help them achieve the maximum potential of their workforce efficiency. Not only do we provide managed IT services, we also offer 24/7 IT support to ensure our clients can rely on us fully.
If you have any questions and want to discuss details regarding your current IT setup or other kinds of managed IT services, feel free to contact us and we would love to set up a free IT assessment for you. If you would like to know more about the investment required for a server migration, feel free to browse our website for more information.