How many times have you contacted an IT firm to discuss a simple upgrade to your system and then found yourself fending off an onslaught of useless product upgrades you didn’t need and didn’t ask for? Many IT firms and computer repair companies have their own side deals set up with certain software and hardware vendors so it pays for them to push their products.
But if you don’t need it what is the point of adding complex applications and hardware to your system? Simply put none. More often than not what you end up adding to your system is an unnecessary program that will simply cause more headaches in the future and doesn’t even begin to assist you with your original problem.
Did you know you can create and implement your own custom network? It’s true. Many people who are not experts with computers are led to believe that networking systems are template designs and you have to select one that best fits your business. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the IT company you use is even the least bit competent they should know your business as well as you do and should be able to custom design networking systems that take into account your specific business needs.
Custom designed networks may take a little more time to implement but once it is in place it streamlines your work flow and can always be added to as your business grows. Most IT companies simply want to upgrade you to a new computer systems and software and regardless of how new your system is they will try to convince you that it is obsolete and you need the pricier and newer model to continue doing business. This is no different from a mechanic noticing you have worn brake rotors and in turn suggests buying a brand new car, from his brother-in-law’s car dealership.
No one expects you to become an expert in IT or computers for that matter. If your business is packing tape then that is your focus. But you will still need computer technology to compete in the expanding world of e-commerce and with a knowledgeable IT consultant who understands your business and what you need you can easily develop your own networking system that features all the things you need and none of the costly upgrades you can do without.
Another benefit to custom designed networking systems is that you get a lot more mileage out of your computers. Yes, computer technology moves fast and there is always a newer and flashier system on the market that will entice you but no more than a Mercedes or Rolex would, and most of us can survive without such expenses. Save the toys for your bonus check and keep your business networking system basic and reliable so you can function effectively without spending a fortune on upgrades.