Your IT might be one of the most crucial tools that your team uses to carry out their work, but if you’re not careful, it can be easy to see the costs of a growing IT scale quickly outweigh the benefits. To avoid yours becoming costly and unwieldy, we’re going to look at some of the options that mean you don’t have to keep buying endless new hardware.
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Adopting BYOD policy
The least costly way of making sure that every member of your team has the tech they need is to adopt a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device policy. It costs your business next to nothing to allow your team members to use their own devices, whether it’s remotely in the home or bringing laptops into the office. However, it is worth addressing the extra risk that comes with allowing devices you do not have authority over to access your servers, tools, and data, and as such, extra security precautions have to be taken.
Take your data needs to the Cloud
If your concern is that you’re using more and more data, and you can’t rely on basic hard drives or SSDs anymore, then you might need to look at the possibility of having a data server to take care of your needs. However, hosting one in your office can take a lot of space, and costs, and might require you to hire someone full-time to ensure that its needs are taken care of. Instead, you might want to look at the possibility of using Cloud storage or accessing remote data centers instead. You might not have as much control over them, but you can access the same amount of data storage for a fraction of the initial cost.
Borrow more advanced tech
The Cloud is good for a lot more than just storage. You might find that your own devices aren’t able to keep up with the specification requirements of the tools that you need to work. As such, you have two options, you can either spend the money necessary to acquire that hardware yourself, or you can look at options like the Azure virtual desktop. Virtual desktops allow you to effectively connect to remote pieces of hardware, that can allow you to use all of the software tools you might not otherwise be able to, offering the technical specs that may otherwise be out of your budget.
Be mindful of where you buy
If you have to, for one reason or another, physically own the tech, then it might be wise to do a little shopping around. Finding places that sell refurbished office tech could see you buying laptops, computers, and various accessories at a much-reduced price. Of course, they won’t have the same lifespan as most newly-bought devices, but that’s the price you have to pay for a lower real cost.
Needless to say, the needs of every business are going to be different, so you have to consider both the pros and cons of each option above and work out which of them best suits the needs of your own business.