As computer technology began to play a bigger and bigger role in business, so the IT department became more and more important. If you’re a small business owner, the IT department could be limited to yourself, whereas a global enterprise might require hundreds of IT workers to keep everything running smoothly. Either way, making sure your IT costs are as low as possible is one of the most effective ways of saving money. Here are a few tips on how to go about it:
Get a Remote Workforce
By having a completely (or almost completely) remote workforce, you can save on office rent, internet bills, electricity, and hardware costs. But having a sort of virtual company also means your on-site IT costs are eliminated – you can leverage their personal computing equipment and free software like Google Drive makes working and collaborating remotely even easier. If you also need your employees to use your network applications and data securely from outside the office, you’ll need a more technical solution – try Ericom.com for a whole suite of programs that make remote access simple and fast.
Do an Audit of Your IT Costs
Have a look at your internet provider and see whether you can get a better and faster deal. According to Martin Dunsby of Hybridge IT, they “switched a client from a $1,700 per month 10 Mbps connection to a 22 Mbps connection from Comcast that costs just $99 per month, a savings per Mbps of 97 percent.” Make sure you don’t make retail IT purchases – when it’s all done through a business account and signed off by the business manager, you’ll avoid paying over the odds and having equipment you don’t need.
Look at Your Hardware
Is your computer equipment getting old? If so, it might be running inefficiently and costing you more than it should to perform tasks. Think about upgrading your kit to greener and most efficient models – think low-power LCD monitors and low-wattage peripherals. Though it might seem like a large outlay, the energy savings will soon make it worthwhile. If you don’t need masses of processing power, opt for thin-client laptops like the Google Chromebook which prove a good value option if you need to upgrade a lot of machines.