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Why Your Business Needs IT

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 208

In the modern world, businesses live and die with their computers. Can your business perform billing without access to a computerized accounting system? How about processing payroll? Most modern businesses cannot perform even these basic functions if their computers are not working properly. Additionally, computers are vital to many business functions, from using CAD software in designing products to using word processing software in producing written information. Without computers it all grinds to halt.

Downtime can cost a business thousands of dollars in lost sales and productivity. This downtime can be reduced by performing regular maintenance and upgrades on your computers and network, as well as by having someone on call to quickly resolve problems when they do happen. If you cannot justify having full-time employees dedicated to servicing your computers, it is vital to develop a relationship with a reputable IT service provider in your area.

Maintenance and Upgrades

With business so dependent on computers, better-performing computers equate to better-performing employees. There are several things that should be regularly done to computers to keep them running smoothly, just as regular maintenance like oil changes make cars run better and last longer. If performed regularly, procedures such as clearing temporary internet files, defragmenting hard disks, and removing unused software can make computers run faster, saving your employees minutes every day. By the end of a month, this could add up to hours of extra productivity per employee.

Another thing to keep in mind about computers is that they have a relatively short life cycle. While they can be nursed along and kept running longer, a realistic expected useful life for a computer in a business environment is two to three years. Once they get beyond this age, they are usually considerably slower than new computers as well as facing a greater likelihood of parts going bad. If they need more than routine maintenance it might be worth considering upgrading rather than repairing. IT service providers can look at your company's existing computers, evaluate the advantages of upgrading them, and develop a planned upgrade cycle that works best for you.

Resolving Computer Problems

No matter how much maintenance and upgrading a business does, something will eventually happen that will cause their computers to stop working. It could be a failing drive keeping a computer from booting or a lightning strike shorting out a network card, but one thing is sure: at some point it will happen. At times like this it is urgent to have a good relationship with an IT vendor in your area who can quickly come out and take care of your emergency, getting your computers -- and your business -- back up and running.

Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher specializing about AD management. For readers who are interested in learning more about this subject, Peter recommends they check out

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