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Top 10 Misconceptions About Business IT Needs
Growing businesses are the powerhouses that fuel the strength of the North American economy. While many companies have in-house staff, IT decisions are often made by senior managers or owners who have little experience in this vitally important area.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the information available. Explore the real facts behind the most common misconceptions — and turn this knowledge into a competitive advantage.
1. “I don’t need an IT strategy.”
A well developed and executed IT plan ensures smart technology implementation, improves customer satisfaction and meets your company’s long-term strategic needs.
2. “I don’t need more IT.”
On the contrary, 89% of companies expect their IT budgets to grow or stay steady in 2019.
3. “I can’t afford IT expertise.”
You can’t afford not to have it. If you don’t have an in-house dedicated IT department a reliable partner can provide valuable IT assistance.
4. “I don’t need the latest technology.”
Nearly 2/3 of growing businesses said that technology is important to achieving their business objectives.
5. “I don’t have to worry about IT security.”
61% of small businesses suffered some kind of cyberattack in 2017. Also, 43% of cyberattacks specifically target growing businesses.
6. “Mobility solutions give my employees a reason not to come to the office.”
67% of growing companies strongly agree that mobile solutions improve their ability to work and collaborate.
84% of IT decision-makers say their organizations have linked solutions, tools and devices that enable the ability to work anywhere and from any device.
7. “My company is too small for a virtualized environment.”
Virtualization is a value-added option for growing companies because it helps them stay on budget and eliminates the need for costly hardware.
8. “I can use my aging computers for another year.“
Repair costs of old computers often exceed the purchase price of new computers.
9. “I can wait to implement a backup/recovery plan.”
More than 90% of companies that experience seven days of data center downtime go out of business within a year.
10. “I don’t have time and I’m fine with the status quo.”
89% of IT decision-makers feel their digital innovation investments have been “moderately or very successful” by improving their standing in the market and/or financial performance.