National Small Business Week begins on April 25! Owning and running a small to medium-sized business can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever undertake. But does keeping your business operating smoothly ever feel like an endless juggling act? From handling personnel issues to supply chain snags, your work day can fly by. Some days, you find yourself leaving the office with your original to-do list untouched, left by the wayside as you spent the day responding to emergencies. Every business owner has been in this position. With so many competing priorities, many owners of small and medium-sized businesses do not think about their IT infrastructure until a problem arises; this is the break/fix approach. If this is you, it may be time for a change. Unless you have already performed a full Network Assessment, you could be heading for trouble and not even know it. A Network Assessment is a complete review of your organization’s existing IT infrastructure, security protocols, management, and performance. Once you have a comprehensive view of the state of your IT, you will be able to identify areas of improvement and make strategic business decisions. By being proactive, problems will be caught early, and solutions identified and implemented. Four Elements a Network Assessment Identifies: 1. Weaknesses in your cyber security protocols. These weaknesses need immediate attention to avoid any adverse effects on your operations and networks. 2. Overused or underused technology resources. The technology needs of your teammates can differ widely and some departments may require more network resources than others. By looking at your entire system, you will be able to optimize your resources. 3. Bandwidth bottlenecks. As more and more organizations move their operations into the cloud, a larger amount bandwidth is frequently required. Streaming videos, running programs, and downloading files can all slow down your network, causing a loss of productivity. 4. Advantages and potential problems of rolling out new technologies. A Network Assessment will allow you to plan for your future technology needs by identifying how any changes will fit into your current framework. What should the timeline for any improvement be? What integration points do you need to keep in mind or prepare for? With a full Network Assessment, you can employ a strategic approach to your technology plans rather than just keeping up with your organization’s needs. This National Small Business Week, partner with business technology experts like Integritek and start reaping the benefits of a full Network Assessment. Gain valuable insights into your IT infrastructure so that you can make informed, strategic decisions. Save yourself time by optimizing your resources and save your staff time by identifying and fixing bandwidth bottlenecks. You will also be protecting your reputation by securing your customer’s sensitive data from hackers. A complete Network Assessment is key to any comprehensive technology strategy. Integritek will be your IT partner every step of the way. We will perform a comprehensive assessment across your entire IT environment and identify the problems and solutions you need to know about. Together, we will map out a course that will continue to move your company forward. Contact us today.