5 Tips for Saving Money on Technology and IT Services
Saving a little on your technology can go a long way, but cutting too many corners can lead to additional problems and expensive downtime. Knowing where to make cuts while simultaneously optimizing your technology is a skill that can be achieved with a little bit of guidance. Here are a few ways you can cut costs and improve your environment without creating long term issues.
Replace Hardware or Move to Virtual Desktops
Got an older PC that's causing you a lot of issues? Older technology is typically more expensive to run, and after a while, it's cheaper to simply buy a new desktop than it is to continue pouring money into something that always seems broken. It's a great time to buy workstations, and if things are tight you can even buy refurbished desktops to keep costs low.
Replacing your hardware would allow you to eliminate current issues, but it would require more time-consuming upkeep. At some point, you may also have to replace the replacements. If you'd rather find a solution that doesn't eventually lead to the same problems you attempted to solve in the first place, consider moving to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI extends the life of aging desktops and laptops while storing all data in the cloud. This makes maintenance a much easier process with no interruptions to your business.
Enforce Energy Efficiency
If you reduce the amount of energy your technology uses each day, your utility bill from the electric company will decrease as well. Switching to LCD monitors (if you are still using old CRT dinosaurs), and enforcing company-wide policies to turn off monitors or put workstations to sleep at night can make a big difference.
It can seem overwhelming to find a good way to increase energy efficiency in the midst of ever-growing demands from networks, including high device density, bandwidth-intensive applications, and numerous sources of interference. Sustainability depends on finding the right solutions for your specific business and ensuring they are implemented on a network strong enough to support them for your specific environment.
Stop Dealing with IT Manufacturers
You hired your employees to work, not sit on the phone with a PC manufacturer because your hard drive crashed. Businesses waste money by paying employees to go around in circles with vendor tech support all the time. IT companies like Centre Technologies build relationships with manufacturers and vendors that enable businesses to get things done faster. Issues get resolved quickly and your employees don't need to deal with less-than-helpful support.
Centre holds some of the highest partnership levels for enterprise-grade technology solutions. Our IT consultants are also able to escalate manufacturer support requests. This means less time is spent trying to solve the issue and more time is spent focusing on your business. Centre has curated technology standards that not only implement technology solutions with best practices from the manufacturer, but holistic best practices to ensure configurations are optimized for the overall environment.
Stop Paying your Phone Bill
Yes, you heard us right. Cease paying your phone company by switching over to a VoIP solution instead — or better yet, a cloud-based service like Microsoft Teams Phone Voice and Video Calling with Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). Small businesses save up to 75% on their telephone communication expenses switching away from traditional phone services, so the investment pays for itself quickly. Many UCaaS systems allow employees to use their office phone number and forward it to additional devices, giving you increased flexibility and functionality.
As business moves to the cloud, so do the ways we communicate and collaborate. In today's world, employees and businesses thrive when the same application is used across their desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and other mobile devices making calls, having meetings, sharing files, and chatting easy to manage. Implementing UCaaS is a great way to stay competitive and stay open to the future.
Get Proactive Monitoring and Maintenance
Nearly all day-to-day IT issues can be completely prevented with just a little bit of maintenance. Centre Technologies offers these services to businesses of all sizes, reducing the amount of downtime they experience. Traditional computer support only fixes computer issues when they arise. Sort of like wack-a-mole. Centre Technologies goes above and beyond, providing proactive monitoring, maintenance, and cybersecurity to ensure fewer issues plague your business.
Start saving money with centre technologies
Finding an MSP that tailors their tech solutions to your specific environment and business needs is rare. Especially when one of those business needs is to stick to a certain budget. At Centre, our IT consultants function as an extension of your team. Your goals are our goals and our solutions reflect that. If you'd like to find out what your company is overspending on, and just what solutions would maximize your technology whilst lowering that bill, contact us today!