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IT Management Planning

It’s not just large businesses that need to develop an effective and comprehensive IT strategy. For SMEs, having the right software and support in place can improve operations and provide a distinct edge in today’s competitive markets.

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IT Management Planning

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  1. ITManagementPlanning • It’snotjustlargebusinessesthatneedtodevelopaneffectiveandcomprehensiveITstrategy.ForSMEs,havingtherightsoftwareandsupportinplacecanimproveoperationsandprovideadistinctedge intoday’s competitive markets. • CalculatingthecostofnewtechnologyandworkingoutITbudgetscanoftenbedifficultwhenthere isnospecialistITadvisoronthepayroll.Start-upsmaynothaveITprovisionatthetopoftheirlist while they try to make their core business work and more mature organisations might haveingrained habits thatmeanthe theydon’texplore newavenuesofITmanagement andsupport. • PlanningYour ITBudget over theNext5 Years • ItpaystothinkaheadparticularlywhenyouaredevelopingyourITstrategy.Skimpingonthecosts and downgradingyour budget intheshorttermmay seem like agoodideabut itcould be doing more harmthangoodtoyour businessinthe longrun. • Particularlyifyouarenowlookingtogrowyourbusiness,youneedtoalignyourITprovisionwith your future goals and, without a qualified professional to lean on, that can often be a dauntingprocess. • Youwill need to developa strategy forsystemsmaintenance andsupportaswell asdecide whatnew technology youaregoingtointroducetohelpwithyourexpansionstrategy. • CloudVs ServerTechnology • Manybusinessesarestartingtomoveawayfromexpensiveandlabourintensivein-househardware to cloud based servers. Particularly for small to medium size businesses it has a number of advantages: • It incorporatesmore flexibilitywith lowerrunningcosts. • It cangrowasyour business grows. • Contractsareoftenshorter. • Youcanaccessyour dataonthemoveonlaptops,mobilesandPCs. • It comeswith inbuilt securitythat youcanbe confident will protectyou. • Buyinganewserverorreplacinganoldonemightseemlikeamorecosteffectivewayofupdating your IT infrastructure but, particularly in the long run, cloud technology will offer you a greaterdegreeof flexibility. • MoreBusinessesare Outsourcing • It’sallverywelltoemployanITplanningspecialistin-houseandhaveyourserveronsite,butitisa costly wayof runningthis aspectof your business. Outsourcinghas a number of advantagesfor smallbusinesses, the main one being that you can access affordable high level expertise that is tailor- madetoyour needs.

  2. A virtual IT director can help you manage your IT infrastructure more effectively, developing a coherent and meaningful long term plan that takes into account how you want to grow yourbusinesswhilstalsoprovidinga secureenvironment tooperate in. WithM2Computing’sVirtualITDirectoryouwillhaveaccesstoarangeofexpertswhocanidentifythe right solutions for yourbusinessandhelpyoudevelopfor the future. For furtherinformationplease visithttp://www.m2computing.co.uk/

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