In this 3-part series, we talk about how partnering with a Value Added Reseller (VAR) can save money. Check out Part 1 – 5 Ways You’re Wasting Your IT Budget and Part 2 – 5 More Ways You’re Wasting Your IT Budget for more information.
Part 3 – Make IT Someone Else’s Problem
Downsizing. Some would say it’s the worst aspect of an IT leader’s job. After the company reduces the IT budget and releases valuable IT resources, the Technology Department is still responsible for supporting department and employee needs.
How can you accomplish more with less?
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series we talked about how partnering with a Value Added Reseller (VAR) can save money by providing prioritized purchasing plans, IT budgets, infrastructure alignment, and customized IT solutions and multi-manufacturer environments.
Now let’s explore reasons to engage a local technology partner for special projects and ongoing support and services.
|IF YOU’RE WASTING MONEY…
||A VAR CAN PROVIDE…
|1||Incorrectly configuring complex technology, thereby leaving the network and data vulnerable to hackers and viruses||Configuration services by a certified, experienced engineer|
|2||Troubleshooting the IT environment because of poor performance or unexpected outages||Periodic health checks and monitoring of your environment, including immediate notification of possible issues as they arise|
|3||Relying on an insufficient, non-redundant disaster recovery system (or paying too much for services you don’t need)||Automated backup services, remote monitoring of services, and long-term off-site storage for backups|
|4||Dealing with end-user technical issues along with the maintenance of the entire IT infrastructure||Help desk services for end users and break/fix support for your infrastructure|
A service-oriented VAR will be willing to help a little or a lot, depending on your requirement and budget. They also have access to automation tools that allow them to perform health checks, backup checks, and reports. Ask your local technology partner how they can help alleviate your IT workload and provide other cost efficiencies.
Learn more about how to choose a local technology partner or Value Added Reseller by downloading our How To Guide: “How To Choose a Value Added Reseller (VAR).”
About the Author
Amy Tabor is an executive professional with a 20-year career in Business Operations. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in supporting the transition of small businesses into larger, stable companies with national presence. She helped achieve these objectives by focusing on Operations Management and Business Process Analysis and Development to create, implement, and streamline efficient internal processes. Coordinating and mediating efforts throughout a company’s departments – from IT to HR and everything in between – has been the key to her success.