Small businesses and nonprofit organizations have to be leaner than ever before with both human and technology resources. Remember that your organization does not exist for the sake of technology; technology exists to support your organization’s goals. If technology (resources, management, staff) is distracting you from your business goals or dominating your budget, consider alternatives that will help you re-focus on your organization’s core reasons for being (to deliver X product or service).

Top 6 Tips for Maximizing IT Resources in smaller organizations:

  • Consider Managed Services. Now available to the small business market, a managed services program allows you to pay only for the IT support you need, either remotely or on-site, instead of a full-time dedicated staff (or your sales guy who does some tech stuff on the side). For more info on this, check out www.techsoftsystems.com.
  • Utilize services and platforms that:
    • provide web-based applications (allowing more users, more mobility, lower software costs and data back-up)
    • host web sites (there is really no benefit anymore to hosting your own)
    • provide on-line data back-up (protecting you and your clients)
  • Virtualize servers to reduce the need for physical servers.
  • Purchase network printers instead of individual printers.
  • Don’t waste money on features you don’t need. Small businesses settings don’t need top-of-the-line printers. The more complex a machine, the more there is to go wrong. Also factor in ink costs; the cheapest printer now may cost you a bundle in ink in the future.
  • Use a purchasing management program that unites organizations for aggregate purchasing power; you’ll get discounts based on higher volume.

re-S.H.A.P.E. your business.™
Clifford A. Bailey, CEO of TechSoft Systems

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