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In the Absence of IT

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There is a growing market for people specialized in technological problem-solving. However, small businesses and up and coming companies may not have the budget to fund an IT department that works exclusively for them. While online IT businesses exist to help those without an IT department on site, there still comes a number of risks and additional care involved when businesses don’t immediately have IT workers on hand.

What can you do to prevent technology issues?

Having a dirty house can cause issues such as allergies from dust, unsanitary conditions from bugs and germs, and overall an unsatisfying aesthetic to behold. Leaving a computer dirty holds much the same risk. Letting dust accumulate makes it run slower and can destroy its internal parts. Visiting unfamiliar websites could potentially earn the computer a virus that collects confidential information. In order to prevent these conditions, you can keep a can of compressed air to dust off your CPU and monitor. Clearing your Internet history and cookies can help prevent viruses. Without an IT department, you’d have to search for your own protection software for additional safeguarding.

How would you troubleshoot?

While the world of technology may seem scary to many, there are plenty of troubleshooting techniques one can learn specifically to further their businesses. The above actions can prevent and solve the vast majority of problems, and even simpler solutions are available when those don’t work. Ensure all of your cables are properly plugged in, as many issues can arise when connections are loose. Keep multiples of each cord on hand in case one cord goes dead. A bad ethernet cable can ruin a whole day if you don’t have a spare lying around. Keep backups of all your files just in case you need to reset your computer to factory settings. That can also resolve a great many issues, including viruses.

How can an IT department make things easier?

IT departments make life easier by cataloging all the ways to troubleshoot a computer issue. No matter how prevalent technology is in the modern day, there are still going to be plenty of people who aren’t aware of the basic necessities in maintaining devices. IT departments are designed to help those people even with what seems like the most tedious of tasks. Having someone on site whose sole job is to keep the buildings’ technology running alleviates the pressures on everyone in the company, and it feeds into that growing market of technologically savvy individuals. 

Another good function of IT is testing out new computer programs before releasing them to the rest of the company. An IT can determine whether a program would truly be lucrative for the company, or just an additional expense. If you believe you may need the services of IT, consider contacting Throttlenet. They are one of the leaders in managed IT and security. Contact them and they will be able to answer all of the IT questions you may have.

When is it absolutely necessary to involve IT professionals?

Aside from the menial tasks, such as cleaning and restarting a computer, there are times where calling in a professional is absolutely unavoidable. When a PC part goes bad or breaks, someone has to replace it. You could do it yourself, but that has the potential to void the warranty. Warranties are in place to ensure the overall health of your CPU and if you void a warranty, you won’t have that extra protection. Replacing one part yourself may sound like a good idea right up until another part breaks and there are no guides on how to fix it. Without a warranty, you’re left with a barely functioning or completely nonfunctioning computer that you’ll eventually have to replace. If this occurs to just one computer, then the budget may not reflect any hits. Multiple computers, however, can lead to a company budget in the negatives.

IT departments may seem like a luxury, but to thrive in a world that sometimes works exclusively online means you need IT. Not only does it make keeping computer labs and other forms of technology running easier, but it also keeps it safer. Having someone dedicated to keeping track of warranties, licenses, spare parts, and guides to troubleshooting, in general, might create one more job to monitor. The benefit, though, is you can save yourself more money in the long run by not spending everything on replacing technology a professional could have helped you maintain and fix in the first place.

TUT Staff
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