4 Big Risks of a Low-cost IT Provider

IT News, IT Security

Investment into your IT infrastructure is about making sure technology is powering your business forward, not holding it back

You may not realise, but choosing a budget IT provider is a big risk. We know Kent businesses deserve more than the bare minimum, yet so many still do not prioritise IT in their overall budget. It can only be they haven’t made the link between a slick IT operation and better business outcomes.

Below are some risks associated with cutting back on your IT Support:

Lack of competitive advantage

With certifications like the government’s Cyber Essentials becoming more prevalent in professional industries, IT should be an integral part of your business growth strategy. Prospective clients will be more likely to work with an organisation that has certifications in cyber security and has demonstrated a competency with GDPR and data protection. Your IT provider should be able to support you in gaining these important qualifications and as a result, will give you a competitive edge against your competitors.

Less flexibility (WFH)
Especially with the catalysing effect of the pandemic on the technology industry, it is almost expected now that your company has a good enough digital infrastructure to implement Work From home policies. Imagine a business that can’t operate because its whole workforce is self-isolating; as a result you would experience downtime and disgruntled customers.

More downtime than necessary
Speaking of downtime, who wants that for their business? A lot of the time – and especially with regards to IT – you get what you pay for. A budget IT provider that doesn’t keep its staff trained on the latest services and protocols will not have the capacity to fully support your business goals. Additionally, they may have a one-size-fits-all model, which is not ideal for the unique features of your business.

Gaps in your security
As a lot of our content will mention, cyber security is absolutely paramount to the safety of your business. A common misconception is that cybercrime is committed by teens in their basements, when in actuality it’s now an organised crime. Last year global cyber-crime cost corporations at least $1 trillion. With that said, a budget IT provider is less likely to have accreditations like ISO27001, Cyber Essentials Plus or staff with advanced security accreditations like CISSP – so make sure you do your research beforehand.

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Let us leave you with these 3 questions…

  • Are you investing in your IT infrastructure to optimise your business outcomes?
  • Do you have a technology strategy for this year?
  • Do you have a technology partner who’s capable of supporting your business growth at a strategic level, as well as with day-to-day support?

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