From the Desk of the CEO
With global political uncertainty and many businesses battling flat lined revenues, companies need to invest wisely in their technology. As you plan and solidify your budgets for 2017, there are a four core areas of IT that you should plan to invest in.
The bulk of your IT financial allotment will inevitably be applied towards IT support and services, and rightfully so. Keeping your employees working by eliminating downtime due to IT failures is a must. Investing in the appropriate infrastructure to allow them to securely work from anywhere at any time will not only generate more hours of work from your staff, but your employees will also appreciate the added flexibility and improvement to quality of life. And with the influx of Ransomware and Cyber-Crime cases we saw in 2016, traditional anti-virus and antispyware has all but been rendered useless. Fast, reliable, and secure technology is no longer a luxury – it is a requirement.
Your second largest IT investment should be in hardware and software. You need to take a good inventory of the hardware and software you have, and create a retirement plan for outdated devices and software that is at end-of-life. For example, Windows XP operating systems are still being used in 56% of businesses across the United States despite posing a major security threat and becoming end-of-life in 2014. NSG will gladly help you build a Life Cycle Management plan for all of your hardware & software and provide you with an IT Road Map for the next 3-5 years.
Cloud-based services are projected to increase another 15% in 2017 as many companies are looking to do email hosting projects and move to online data backup & storage.
Lastly, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and 3D printing are out of the lab and into the workplace. While these three things have been acclaimed as innovative and futuristic, many businesses don’t understand them or how to make these systems a part of everyday use. NSG invested significantly in a new anti-virus solution in 2016 that leverages algorithmic science artificial intelligence to detect and prevent malware from executing on our client’s endpoints in real time. If you are not a client of NSG and would like to learn more about how we help our clients plan and budget for IT, please contact us via email at [email protected] or give us a call at 615-577-4390.