While business may be busy now, we are inching closer and closer to the holidays. We are sure you are looking forward to putting your feet up, and relaxing with friends and family – the last thing you want to be doing while enjoying your holidays is putting out IT fires.
It is important to make sure the digital side of your business continues even while you slow down. This blog will cover how to map your IT strategy for the coming holidays, so you can sit back and enjoy a stress-free time away.
1. Reflect on your IT strategy over the year
Business continuity is crucial – and the way holidays affect the digital side of your business form part of that.
It is worth beginning with your IT plan or strategy. How has it been developing so far? Are you on track to reaching your core goals? Whether that is integrating cloud computing into your company, or developing your IT security, it’s crucial to understand where you are placed.
This is a great time to take stock of the IT goals and ambitions you outlined for the year. Did you reach them? If not, why not? Reflecting properly now on your IT strategy will place you well for success through 2019. There may be tasks you need to prioritise right now before the holiday period arrives. For example, we believe that making sure your IT meets industry security standards cannot wait. After all, it is better to be at the beach with your family, than fretting over whether your business’s data is vulnerable. Likewise, your business may have its own IT priorities that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
2. Update your software, and back up your data!
Just as you should assess your strategy throughout the year, it is also crucial to keep on top of your current software and data safety. Updating your software is crucial to the stability and security of these products. Updating software sooner rather than later – particularly if the software you use contains sensitive data – means peace of mind while on your break.
On that note, keep an eye on your data! When was the last time you backed up your company data? Ensuring your important work is backed up again brings peace of mind (easy enough if you manage your data through a cloud-based system). Read our take on different solutions for storing company data here.
3. Outline a list of IT services and demands for 2019
Think about where the digital side of your business is going next year. Are you planning any infrastructure upgrades, or are there major trends in your industry towards digitisation?
It is worth taking a moment to think and anticipate where your business is going. Everyone knows that technological change in IT is rapid. Keep your business agile, and think deeply about how IT developments will have an impact on your own infrastructure in 2019.
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If you want to talk about how to prepare your business for the holiday period, get in touch with us. We’re adept at helping small and medium-sized businesses develop all aspects of their IT strategy for continued success.