Running a business from your home is exciting and challenging and technological advances have made working remotely easier than ever. They’ve also helped small businesses reduce their fixed costs. Unfortunately, many small businesses spend too much on IT infrastructure and may purchase the wrong products. Keep reading to learn about five top tips to reducing your IT infrastructure costs.
1) Go for cheaper hardware.
Expensive IT infrastructure may not yield great returns. Look at your IT infrastructure to determine how you can minimise hardware requirements and identify where you can run applications on more affordable devices. For instance, PCs that are linked together can often perform much better than mid-range servers.
2) Decommission your software
Software companies are always providing sales and discounts. New companies will offer cheap services and great deals. Negotiate the terms of your contract when it comes up to its expiry date, and feel free to switch providers.
3) Create a storage space inventory.
You need to store and catalogue all information created on each business cycle. If you’re running low on space, DON’T buy new storage servers. You can purchase cloud-based storage cheaply and even use free DVD burning software for Windows to burn online content into your DVD storage.
4) Consolidate your IT systems
Cut costs by combining multiple IT processes into one system. This also saves time and virtual space. Merging your IT solutions into a streamlined program requires more work upfront but it pays off in the long run. You’ll increase your productivity and reduce expenditure on hardware and software.
5) Standardise your IT infrastructure.
Standardising your IT infrastructure helps improve your business process and also helps maintain compatibility. Standardising also helps keep your IT expenses under control. There’s no question of what application works for what platform, and you also reduce money on training costs.
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