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Scaling Your Business? Ensure Your IT is Up to the Task

Changes are coming to your business – how exciting! If you’re eyeing up an expansion, you’ve likely started thinking about the possible challenges on the horizon. But have you considered that your IT might be one of them? Inadequate technology could cause serious obstacles to progress if you aren’t prepared. Here are four questions about your current IT setup that will help you figure out if it’s as ready for transformation as you are.

1. Can Your Current IT Handle Expansion?

Traditional IT solutions often involve physical infrastructures (like on-site servers for data storage) with fixed capacities, which can quickly become insufficient as a business grows. This setup limits a company’s ability to scale operations efficiently because increasing their IT’s capacity usually involves significant downtime and a costly investment in new hardware.

Working out how to expand your team and expand your storage can also present a bit of a catch-22. Growth in one aspect requires growth in the other, but physical space is a precious commodity, especially in London. Fortunately, there is a solution.

Moving to a cloud-based IT infrastructure means you can scale up your storage and your team without sacrificing room in the office. Most cloud services offer flexible, monthly payment plans depending on how many people are using the platforms, so there’s less upfront cost and no risk of overspending on space you don’t yet need. Simply adjust your plan to suit the size of your business, adding and removing new users and storage plans as needed with just a few clicks.

2. Is Your IT Support Making You Money?

Yes, you read that right. Quality IT solutions go beyond being cost-effective (which your current IT probably isn’t), and actually offer a fantastic ROI (which your current IT definitely doesn’t).

Standard IT solutions are one-size-fits all, which often leaves businesses overpaying for tools they don’t use or losing time to software that isn’t appropriate for their specific needs. In contrast, IT support that’s properly tailored to your London business slots into your existing infrastructure seamlessly. Good technicians will take your goals, pain points, and your team’s IT know-how into consideration and devise unique packages containing tools and software that are actually useful to you. Thus, incorporating new tech doesn’t cause delays as your employees try to adapt, and once they know their way around intuitive systems, their workflow becomes far more streamlined. This boosts productivity, which in turn boosts output, profits, and customer satisfaction.

If rising small business survival costs are leaving you apprehensive about expanding your IT environment, you’re not alone. But ensuring your tech is able to support your growing needs doesn’t have to break your budget. There are modern, dynamic solutions available that don’t require a sky-high upfront cost. Scalable IT solutions like Software as a Service (SaaS) operate on subscription-based models, empowering you to increase or decrease resources as needed, letting you scale at a pace (and price) that meets your demands. And, such flexible support means you don’t need to try and predict the future when planning your IT setup.

3. Does Your Tech Slow Your Business Down?

Traditional IT infrastructures generally require ongoing maintenance and periodic upgrades, which can be both disruptive and costly. These systems may also become outdated more quickly, requiring expensive and time-consuming replacements fairly frequently. Whether it’s hardware or software that needs updating or various expired licenses that need renewing, small businesses stand to lose significant working hours waiting to access their tech again. Being stuck on standby is hugely frustrating, especially for SMBs in London, where the business landscape seems to evolve by the minute.

Outsourced, scalable IT solutions often include automatic updates and maintenance as a core part of the service, ensuring that the latest technologies are always available to your team without additional costs or interruptions to operations. By adopting scalable IT, you can enjoy enhanced efficiency, reduced downtime, and a competitive edge in rapidly changing markets.

4. Are Your IT Solutions Future-Proof?

Where most IT services fall short is in only fixing issues once they’ve happened. But if your business is evolving, planning ahead and providing systems that can adjust to growing numbers of staff, data, or clients helps you avoid being caught out by surprise incidents that could’ve easily been avoided. Building solutions that align with your future business plans is an important step proactive local IT providers will take, since they’re part of the London community and truly want to see you succeed.

Creating stronger, more flexible security foundations for small businesses also helps ensure their future development. Rather than waiting for disaster to strike, updating your IT arsenal to include scalable elements means you can set out more robust backup and recovery plans. You’ll be better equipped to safeguard all your new confidential client information and more able to respond confidently to any technical challenges expansion may bring.

Think of proactive, scalable IT like clutch control. Rather than stuttering and stalling, if you have an idea of the road ahead and a precise means of adjusting your approach, you can travel forward smoothly.

So, is Your IT Ready to Grow?

Expansion is a big milestone for any business, but it’s an even more impressive accomplishment for SMBs in today’s increasingly competitive market. In order to prevent technical issues from souring your success, it’s important to spend some time assessing and upgrading your current IT setup. The right support for your business will make the transformation process smooth, stress-free, and so much more enjoyable.  

London’s Choice: NetPlatforms Provides Super-Scalable IT in the Southeast

Thinking your current IT might not cut it? We can help. NetPlatforms is a one-stop IT support provider for SMBs all over London and the Home Counties. We work closely with our clients to assist them with IT transitions throughout their business’s lifespan, grounding everything we do in trust and understanding. It’s this ethos that’s earned us a 96% customer retention rate since 2004.

Ready to scale your business alongside an IT partner that really cares? Book in to discuss your expansion plans today!