Computers, like money, are what will keep your business afloat. All your business, promotional activities and communication will likely run through a computer system, or systems.
The new year is coming up fast and with that come resolutions. We all look to change our lives for the better when the fireworks blast into the sky and a new year is announced. We ideally like to lose weight or change habits. But what about the health of our business, are you running it half-heartedly?
Are your computer systems just part of the furniture in your place of work? That might not be good enough anymore. What was just a fancy new system three or four years ago might be a creaking liability right now if you and your business aren’t taking care of your computer systems!
A liability? That’s right. Cyber-crime is rising, and all the data and files stored on old and weary systems are easily accessible if the computers and systems are not up to date. Data is valuable as it will be sold on to the highest bidder, and there will be a lot of bidders. Anti-viral software is something that you should be running, and if not, you need to change that quickly. A regularly updated anti-virus program will save your business and stop criminals from accessing the insides of your company.
To keep your systems running, you’re going to have to keep them updated. If they are aging platforms like Windows XP, you must consider upgrading to a newer version and ridding yourself of legacy systems and applications that are holding you back. A PC refresh is going to hold you back for a day, but the consequences of not updating your systems could spell disaster for you and your business eventually.
Cleaning your computers is a good idea as well, and while wiping them down will help – you really need to focus on cleaning the internal systems. Destroy data and files you do not need anymore, get rid of caches and temporary files on a weekly basis, ask yourself if you need the amount of programs that are currently applying pressure to your computer. It’s all about constantly questioning yourself and your computer to ask if you’re using it the right way. A clean computer is going to run faster, and you’ll be the one to benefit.
Getting the most out of your businesses’ computer systems isn’t just a job for you, there are people out there who will tell you where you are going wrong. Level 5, for example, can provide you with IT support and if you’re not clued up about computers (and even if you are, help is good), you should look for help.
If you’re good to the computers that run your business, they’ll last you a long time. Of course, you should be questioning their efficiency and if they can do better, find out how and act upon that change. Don’t get stuck in a rut, because it might be hard and costly to get out of it!