Having Trouble Updating Your Company's Windows 1.0? 6 Major Problems An IT Consultant Can Solve For You

Posted on: 26 November 2018

While your company probably isn't still using Windows 1.0, originally released in 1985, your company is likely facing a number of confusing technological challenges. Hardware and software evolve seemingly at the speed of light, leaving many small (and large) businesses in the dust. Don't be left behind! Consider the ways in which an IT consulting service can keep your systems up and running -- and highly competitive.

1. Security Threats 

Cyber crimes are rampant, and if your company is ever targeted then you need to know your valuable data is secure. If you don't have someone in-house who can analyze and configure your hardware and software, your company is left vulnerable in key areas, such as:

  • Firewall protection.
  • WiFi networks.
  • Password strength and management.
  • System updates.
  • Antivirus and other protective software applications.
  • Implemented company-wide security policies.

Sometimes hackers hack just to menace, while other times their intent is far more nefarious; either way, your company needs a strong defense against them.

2. Training Challenges

Even if a receptionist or accountant isn't considered a technical employee, they're still going to have to learn how to use all the technical equipment, including software, that is used by your company. Whenever a new technology or system is introduced into any company, they usually face serious training challenges. That may require you and/or other key personnel to take time away from regular duties to train, which can leave the entire company behind in certain areas. You need the ability to train fast and efficiently, without sacrificing in other departments.

3. Obsolete Technology

Although Windows 1.0 has long since been retired, the newer (but still obsolete) XP version is still seeing strong usage all over the world. Usage of out-of-date hardware or software could leave a number of doors open for failure or security breaches at your company, despite the policy being initially cost-effective. Some companies try to save money by relying on obsolete tech, but eventually pay for it in inefficiencies, lost connections with other businesses, and potential security risks. IT consultants lead companies out of the dark ages and into a more functional, secure, and ultimately economical environment. 

4. Power Management And Protection

As advanced as modern technology may be, equipment is still vulnerable to power outages and storms. One strike of lightning from Mother Nature and your business could lose a considerable amount -- if not all -- of its valuable data. Even a brownout could cripple your data flow and workforce, with permanent consequences. IT professionals know how to reroute lost power before it ever becomes obvious to most users. 

5. Downtime

If your systems aren't up, your people aren't working, production stops, orders back up, and profits virtually evaporate. Is there someone in-house who handles the computer system when it goes down? Do you feel like the system architecture is held together with duct tape? If so, you likely need professional advice and support, most especially to avoid costly downtime.

6. Backup Strategies 

Even the most proficient IT tech wizards can't guarantee that your data is never at risk, which is why they'll help you back it up. A data backup strategy is essential for any business, large or small, people or tech-centric, but many businesses have no safety net in place, nor do they realize how much their company may be in jeopardy.

It's hard to survive, much less thrive, in today's business environment if you're not a tech whiz. Fortunately, however, you can hire the tech masters that will keep your company running full speed ahead, leaving you to manage other aspects of your business with far fewer headaches and a lot less stress.