Plan Now for Your 2020 IT Needs

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The new year will be here before we know it. Have you taken a moment to think about what your IT needs are for 2020? If not, here’s a quick list of things to discuss with your team to ensure your company and its data are secure, supported, and productive next year.

Audit Your Current Systems

Did your business run like a well-oiled machine this year, or did you suffer from slow hardware, burdensome workflows, and frustrating email access? During your audit, you may uncover that you haven’t been taking advantage of two-factor authentication, using out-of-date versions of your project management or accounting tools, or backed up your data in a few months.

This month, audit all of your current hardware, software, and web application systems. If they’re working well for you, that’s great! If not, it’s time to investigate other options. The Now IT Connects team is here to help with your IT needs.

Determine What Needs to Be Updated or Replaced

Once you’ve completed your audit, you should have a list of all of the hardware, software, and web applications that may need to be updated or replaced. It is helpful to prioritize these changes in order of financial and security risk they pose. For example, you’ll want to back up your data before you invest in a new project management tool.

Update or Create Your IT Policies and Other Documents

Once you’ve determined the technologies you need to update, it’s time to turn to your IT documents. Every company should have a disaster recovery plan, email policy, and acceptable use policy. Consider documenting your process for backing up your data, adding and removing employees from your systems, and acquiring new devices. These documents make it much easier to enforce the policies and procedures you follow at your company. They can save your company time and money in the event of a data breach or other tech disaster.

Hire the Pros

Maintaining a safe network and efficient workplace are vital to the success of your company. That’s why we strongly encourage you to consider hiring a professional managed IT team to do the legwork for you. Now IT Connects can take full stock of your current systems, help you identify updates and create a timeline for completing them, and help you document your IT policies and procedures. We are also able to maintain your IT remotely, ensuring you never miss an update or data backup again.

Take your IT to the next level in 2020. Contact the Now IT Connects team today to get started.