Many fast-growing companies have a lot of “variety” in their IT infrastructures. They think that flexibility around types of computers, operating systems, and software can attract talent. And it can to a degree. The problem is that it also adds costs…
Why does variety add to costs? It is because of the added complexity in your IT infrastructure. Complexity increases the possible points of failure and the difficulty of identifying and fixing problems. For something as simple as printing to a printer, you have a greater risk of downtime and an increased level of complexity when you have multiple operating systems.
When you reduce complexity by standardizing your IT equipment and software, it increases uptime and improves your IT team’s efficiency. Of course, you need to find the right balance between flexibility and standardization for your organization. If your standards are too strict, it can feel constricting to users. If your standards are too flexible, there is no point in having them.
Some of the things you want to consider standardizing are:
- Operating systems
- Computers / Laptops / Tablets
- Standard and Specialized Software
- Networking equipment
So if you want to reduce IT costs and increase uptime, consider standardization. It minimizes software and hardware conflicts, and allows your IT team to provide faster and more effective support to users… all while reducing unnecessary complexity.
Improving Your IT Infrastructure
Most businesses can benefit from having someone assess how their IT infrastructure can better support business goals. Skyriver IT helps businesses leverage technology to improve existing processes and ensure you have the right technology plan in place for growth.
If that sounds interesting to you, then contact us to schedule a time to talk.