A technology budget has to cover not just costs of materials, but also costs of labor and costs of implementation and maintenance. Any IT manager wants to use their limited funds as efficiently as possible. There are three factors which can make those dollars stretch or shrink, depending on how they’re managed.
You might think the budget begins with the materials, but we find it actually begins with the labor. Quality materials are important, but if the person using them lacks experience, they won’t make much difference. One factor which can quickly derail any department or company’s tech budget is hiring inexperienced technicians to do the necessary work. That will mean hiring a new technician to fix the mistakes the first one made. Many individuals claim on website profiles or resumes to have all the experience in the world, but often, these statements are at least somewhat untrue. Make sure you vet all technicians with careful questions about the work at hand. If they can’t tell you how they’d complete a task, odds are they don’t know how to do it when the supplies are in front of them. If you’re not an expert yourself, see if you can find one to help you come up with good questions.
The next step to maximizing your technology budget is to make sure you’re getting the best materials possible. It might be tempting to save a few dollars buying cheaper Ethernet cables or computer monitors, but you’ll have to replace them more often. Purchasing quality materials at all stages of your technology deployment process will ensure your investment lasts as long as possible, and performs at peak capabilities more often than not. Another step is ensuring you’re getting a good deal when you buy the materials, especially when you buy in bulk. If you’re a small business that lacks that purchasing power, try to find a technician that has a good relationship with suppliers and can pass those savings on to you.
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With so many demands on your budget, it can be tempting to spend lots on the clear necessities and wait for something to break before arranging for a repair. But a preventative maintenance contract goes a long way with some technologies. If a technician is coming every quarter or bi-annually to inspect your satellite, improve your bandwidth capabilities, or perform a checkup on your server, issues will be detected sooner, and they’ll likely be less inconvenient to fix.
Your technology is never going to be something you can ignore. Problems occur even in the best-run companies from time to time. Money for these issues and any necessary upgrades can be tight, but don’t sell yourself and your colleagues short by cutting corners where it counts most. If you’re in need of a guarantee in this regard, consider partnering with DiverseNet. We certify all our technicians, get the best materials in the industry wholesale, and our rates will give you a feeling of security when it comes to your budget.
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