Running a business is hard work, as any entrepreneur would attest to. Regardless of your title, in many instances you would need to fulfil multiple roles within your organisation.
With the current economic climate the onus is on Business owners to focus on the right tasks that would progress their organisations… minimised effort for maximised return.
At the heart of some of the frustrations is to keep your basic systems afloat, and dealing with multiple institutions and consultants to keep your IT systems updated and in check.
Your end goal is to let you IT systems work for you to drive your business growth. One also needs to ensure productivity and collaboration aspects are aligned to your IT Strategy.
1. Find a trusted Partner
Invest time in finding the right partner for your technology needs, in an ideal scenario a single partner would provide you with assurance that that they understand your total solution and business needs, instead of providing you disconnected pieces , that don’t really fit together.
Avoiding a premium retainer of a solutions partner, could be an expensive oversight in the long run as technology plays such an intrinsic role in how your day to day business operates.
In the case of Vodacom, we have an extensive Partner network through which your selected partner and Vodacom are able to assist your business with building a comprehensive ICT Solution that speaks to your business needs.
2. Consolidate & Adapt
Once you have established your partner relationship, work together to create a strategy which would work for your business.
Your Business core service or product functions need to be carefully determined and aligned with the solutions that you have for your ICT services. Review your current systems and decide if they are still relevant, and that you are not paying for services that no longer benefit you.
As your business grows you would need to review these systems to ensure that they are sustainable in the long run, and will scale as you need.
3. Investigate Cloud opportunities for your business
Although Cloud is not a new concept it is not generally clear to all Entrepreneurs on what it actually means in the real world and putting it into practice.
Cloud services should provide you with Scale, agility and easy payment options.
It needs to grow with your business, and it needs to give you peace of mind that someone is looking after your IT while you out in the world growing your company
The trick is to focus on what you want out of it. Consider the following:
- Do you have preference for capital expenditure vs monthly expenditure?
- Do you have existing infrastructure that still do what you need it to do, but there are some devices that require a refresh?
- Do you have capacity onsite to host your services, or are space and power a concern?
- How do your employees connect to your environment? Do they travel or are they office bound?
- How crucial is your Data to your businesses day to day operation?
All these factors will determine your Cloud strategy and how you move towards the end state.
Moving to Cloud services should not be an overnight event. It should be gradual considering all factors such as your existing investments.
Often things like Data backup and continuity are overlooked as they are considered a grudge purchase, but it might save you many hours of work in case of a failure, mitigating financial and operation risk
Managed services through Cloud providers such as Vodacom will provide you with the assurance that all elements are considered, planned and follows stringent processes to ensure uptime for your it systems. At the end of the day you can focus on your business while your Cloud provider supports you to grow.