Although computer technology has made life simpler for small companies by shrinking the business world to a manageable size via the Internet and making customers more accessible through email, when the technology goes wrong, the problems can be catastrophic.
Government figures show that seven out of 10 companies go out of business because of IT malfunctions. Disabling viruses, security breaches by unauthorised users, crashed systems and the accidental deletion of important files can be enough to bring a company to its knees.
A healthcheck today could save serious problems developing tomorrow. It not only provides peace of mind, but potentially the opportunity to bring greater security, improved company efficiency, and consequently, increased turnover.
The full IT healthcheck will look at:
- Network Infrastructure Thorough network check including a review of file storage and access control, plus a system defrag and fault diagnosis. We will recommend relevant improvements.
- Hardware Detailed evaluation of current hardware, recommending relevant ways for extending the life of existing hardware or specification/selection of new hardware.
- Software Comprehensive review of existing software, identifying upgrades/updates, and recommending where appropriate, new software.
- Security Thorough examination of current backup procedures, anti spyware/malware programs, virus and firewall protection.
These checks often highlight IT problems a company didn't even know existed - which, if left unchecked, will cut the effectiveness of the company and in many cases cause irreversible damage. Frequently a simple solution can be found to an irritating problem which causes the business a disproportionate amount of inconvenience.
The survey highlighted that lost data is one of the key reasons for business inefficiency, yet half of small businesses fail to run a daily data back-up. It also showed that IT security failures cost two-thirds of the businesses surveyed an estimated £1,259 per annum, yet two-fifths admitted they did not have even basic firewalls installed on their PCs, and over half did not automatically patch or update all their business PCs.