In the modern computer-driven world, your company’s IT department is the very heart of your operation. If it isn’t functioning at top efficiency, than neither is the rest of your business. While every IT department has literally thousands of operations to track and maintain daily, here are five of the most important.
#1. New Employee Desktop Deployment
Every new hire you bring into your business faces a learning curve. No matter how experienced they are, they still need to learn the ins and outs of your particular company. This learning period represents a loss in productivity. If, however, your IT department can get your new employee desk tops up and running in days — instead of weeks — that learning time will be considerably shortened and your new hires will be able to start productive work much sooner.
#2. Daily Desktop scans for malware and security and threats
Blocking applications can protect your computer system from known threats, and can also help keep your employees on task. Having numerous blocked applications, however, can slow a computer. By automatically scanning every work station daily, blocked applications can be completely removed. Not only will your computers run more smoothly, the temptation for employees to try to open blocked applications will be removed as well.
#3. Disaster Recovery Plans
Nothing represents a bigger loss to your company than the destruction of your computer data. That data holds everything you need to keep your company functioning: tax records, inventory, sales numbers and customer information. Without it, your company simply cannot operate. It is essential that your IT team have a disaster recovery plan in place that has been tested and timed. You need to know in advance of a problem that your data will be recovered, and exactly how long that will take.
#4. Automated Updates
Everyone knows that computers run best when patching and antivirus updates are preformed regularly. Your IT department should set up these updates to be downloaded automatically and on a regular schedule.
#5. IT Asset Lifecycele Management
IT assets — both hardware and software — are like any other asset owned by your company: They must be tracked to analyze their usefulness and to eliminate wasteful redundancies. Your IT team can reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your IT assets by tracking them throughout the IT asset Lifecycle with an inventory management system.
By targeting these five areas, you can focus your IT team on what matters most and ensure that the technology side of your business is always running at top efficiency.