Most business owners understand the importance of keeping their software up to date, and the wider adoption of cloud-based platforms has helped make that process more convenient, with remote monitoring and upgrading possible. However, many businesses fail to attach the same importance to their hardware.
Here are just a few important reasons to have your office hardware inspected once or twice a year.
- Prevent Downtime
If your hardware breaks down unexpectedly, you’re going to be facing downtime until it can be repaired or replaced. This is a serious problem; one recent analysis of disaster recovery procedures showed that hardware failure was the biggest threat to business continuity. Having your hardware inspected regularly will mean that any smaller issues are identified early, making overall hardware failure far less likely to occur. Additionally, an IT support technician can take the opportunity to look over your physical network and develop a disaster recovery plan built perfectly around it.
- Protect Your Investment
Thanks to the cloud, hardware is playing second fiddle to software more and more, but your devices will still represent a sizeable investment. Even the smallest issue, such as too much dust inside a laptop, can mean the difference between a device that keeps working for years to come and one that needs to be replaced. Since you’ll be footing the bill, it makes sense to protect yourself through regular inspections.
- Increase Productivity
There isn’t a business in the world that wouldn’t like to improve productivity, and you can do just that by having your hardware regularly inspected. Remember, small issues can lead to slower processing speeds, and a poorly organised network can prevent team members from working as efficiently as possible. Hardware maintenance can keep your IT network running like a well-oiled machine.
- Avoid Office Damage
Finally, keep in mind that physical devices can impact their surroundings if used improperly. For example, a server that overheats can cause damage to the floor below, while a photocopier that runs too loud or with excessive vibration can disrupt other office users.