Canadian businesses of all sizes have been forced to adapt to major IT trends in order to remain competitive on a global scale. Services such as cloud computing, mobile device management, big data, and IT security have transformed the way almost every industry manages their business. Technology is a necessary part of virtually every industry, and IT is a bigger portion of nearly every business budget. While large corporations can often absorb increasing IT costs, small and mid-size businesses struggle to stay up to speed with limited IT budgets. Unfortunately, in today’s tight economy, large and small businesses alike must find ways to reduce costs.
Reduce Costs without Sacrifice
Most businesses are faced with the dilemma of needing to have access to robust IT infrastructure and support while at the same time being challenged to reduce their overall operating budgets. According to recent research, cost reduction is one of the top priorities of all mid-market Canadian businesses in the coming year. The only priority more important to these businesses? IT security and risk management.
Rather than remain mired in the doom and gloom of unenthusiastic economic predictions facing Canadian business leaders, savvy leaders are recognizing the opportunity that exists within the advancing technology, to be able to proverbially have their cake and eat it too.
Improved IT ROI
Advancements in technology allow businesses to increase agility and improve competitive advantage while simultaneously reducing costs and streamlining IT services. Through the increased use of cloud services, which shifts the majority of the capital costs to managed services providers, many companies are realizing an increased ROI on IT investment, which can then be used to enhance other services such as backup and disaster recovery, off-site data storage, and better mobile-device security management, ultimately resulting in improved operational efficiencies.
In other words, a small investment in IT can have a domino effect that results in bigger cost savings, better overall data security and protection, and significant increases in risk mitigation.
Best Practices for Efficient Operations
– Move from capital expenditures in IT to predictable, plannable, operational expenditures, by shifting to cloud-based services, infrastructure, and management that is scalable and responsive.
– Move from in-house IT staff to a virtual CIO who partners with your business to determine the most cost-effective, customized IT solutions.
– Address IT and data security risks now, before they become costly losses.
– Minimize risks of downtime with automated, off-site backups of critical data.
Doing more with less. That is the challenge every business leader is forced to achieve to remain viable. A more comprehensive approach to IT management can give business leaders a roadmap, to not only survive tough economic times but thrive.
The economy will recover, but until it does, we’re dedicated to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses make changes now to remain competitive, flexible, and ready to face whatever challenges come their way. We do this by providing essential IT support and customized services designed to meet the needs of your business. The ITeam will work with you to develop a cost-effective and comprehensive IT strategy that will help you survive economically stressful times. Contact us for a free consultation.