Common IT mistakes for new businesses and how to avoid them

Given the importance of technology in today’s business world, making bad IT decisions is a sure-fire way to limit your chances of success

While it’s now possible for pretty much anyone to start a business, the process is usually more than a little daunting. Whatever services or products your company is selling, IT will likely be at the heart of its operations – storing data, handling processes and helping to ensure critical tasks are completed quickly and to the necessary standards. Despite its obvious benefits, too many company owners make obvious mistakes when setting up their computing systems. Here are just three of the most prominent examples.


Relying on consumer tech

It’s an easy trap to fall into, but using the same IT equipment that you might find in a standard home is a bad idea if you’re looking for long-term reliability in the workplace. First, this kind of hardware is designed to be used by three or four people at most, and won’t perform to the same levels if adopted by a larger workforce. Users of enterprise tools may also benefit from additional support catered specifically for the business environment – which could include extra protection against data-hungry cyber-criminals, for example.

Failing to back data up

Data should be influencing every decision your business makes, whether it’s regarding a major contract or simply how much to spend on communal kitchen supplies. Discarding it once it’s been used, however, is a big mistake. Archiving must be a major concern to ensure data can always be accessed in case it’s needed further down the line. More than this, though, it should be backed up to protect against breaches. If disaster hits – whether in the form of a flood or a cyber-attack – the ability to restore everything to its previous state as quickly as possible could be the difference between thriving and folding.

Not involving staff

You may have a vision of your dream IT setup, and your CIO will likely be the one on hand to make it happen. It’s unwise to leave the rest of the workforce in the dark, though. Remember throughout the process exactly who it is that will be using the systems you implement. Not only should your staff be made aware of what’s going on, they should also have a say. This way, training processes and wider understanding should be significantly improved.


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