As we get closer to the end of 2019 you may have already begun planning for the new year. Has your team started discussing where you would like to see your business go and establishing a road map to guide you there? Have you put thought to how technology could be used to advance your business goals? When you work with CoreTech as your Managed Service Provider (MSP), you’re not just hiring someone to fix your technology when it breaks, you’re investing in a partner who assists in aligning your technology and IT security strategies with your overall business goals.
How technology can help you meet your business goals
Of course, our IT Help desk is available to our CoreCare clients 24x7, however we’ve found that small to midsize businesses require more than functional technology to stay competitive. This is why we provide our clients with annual strategic reviews and budgeting services, to ensure that you have access to the technology you need, and to assist you in meeting your goals. The utilization of certain technology, such as cloud computing, can boost your staff’s productivity and effectiveness. Enhanced communication tools and phone systems enable your business to provide better, more efficient customer service.
Don't forget about cyber security
Another important aspect to consider when setting your goals, is cyber security. Are you protecting your most valuable data? Are there new systems or processes which will need to be secured? What will need to be backed up and how long would your business be able to function without access to it, if a disaster strikes? These are a few of the important questions we ask and help your business answer during our Annual Business Strategy sessions.
We'll help you create your budget
Once you have decided on your business goals for the new year and what technology you will require in the coming year and how it will be secured, we will help you formulate a technology budget for the coming year. We find that getting ourselves and our clients on the same page about budgeting helps keep everyone on track with planning and expectations for outcomes. Budgeting will also save you time on decision-making during the year!
Each company’s annual plan is going to look different, as will their budgets. However, there are a few topics you can expect to come up:
- Electronic Life Cycles. The average, historical lifespan of computers has been 3-5 years. Mobile devices like notebooks tend to be 3- to 4-years because advancements in mobile technology are occurring more rapidly. However, if you invest in computers that can meet your needs as they grow, you should be able to make it last closer to 5 years. While some companies prefer to buy all new technology at once, many prefer to segment their upgrades over time so they are able to spread out capital expenditures.
- Predictable Pricing. The way we price our services is fairly straightforward and comprehensive. There are set costs you can expect to pay monthly, per-user, so if you add new employees you know what each addition will cost. We can account for additional hardware and application subscriptions. There are also security equipment costs we can plan for if you plan to open a new location. We can also plan for anticipated growth in file storage and data backup.
- Project Management. You may also have projects that you need to accomplish in the coming year. If you set budgets and timelines now, your entire team can be on the same page with what to expect. You are then able to start projects on time and get them completed.
If you’re not quite sure how technology fits with your business goals for 2020, give us a call. We’ll help you with everything from strategic planning and budgeting to implementation in the coming year.