With lockdown restrictions easing and business growth becoming easier, its essential to ensure your organisation is prepared for life post Covid. Business’ IT Maintenance in storage, server and network can cause potential downtime when needing updates, so it’s vital to keep your assets working at their optimum. What does this mean in terms of TPM and business after a pandemic? How did Velez respond to the pandemic?
Business after a Pandemic
As we emerge out of the pandemic, it’s become clear of the major effects lockdown has had on businesses globally. With SME’s closing temporarily, large organisations experiencing major communication loss and reduced interaction with clients or partners, all businesses have been affected differently. The pace at which businesses will recover is uncertain, or if some will fully recover at all- what determines being “back to normal”? Business expansion will be the main priority for most businesses, due to the stunt in growth over the past year, so growth panning is the next big step for bounce-back expansion.
During the pandemic, IT and Third- Party maintenance helped organizations keep on top of business and stay afloat, enabling the fast and successful transition into remote working and becoming a digital business. With this came benefits, such as allowing businesses to stay safe whilst expanding, and giving the opportunity to expand in ways they didn’t consider before. However, with benefits come negatives, such as the significant rise in IT budget over the pandemic, or the lack of pre-planning for the need of a larger budget, which could affect businesses in future for years to come.
As a short-term solution, TPM providers are supplying affordable IT solutions to cater to business needs for a reasonable price. Rather than examining your IT budget and stretching it over your business requirements, it’s worth researching TPM providers, and examining SLA’s that are fit for you, rather than deciding if your IT assets can survive the next year avoiding significant refreshes and updates.
The Next Steps to Success for your Business
There are steps your business needs to follow to ensure success after a pandemic. To help your organisation achieves a hassle-free recovery period, you need to maximize your uptime and reduce downtime- obviously, but how? Now is your window to focus on the next essential stages of business expansion, digitalization and change in business strategy.
Whether your employees are successfully settled into remote working or are back into their usual routine at the office, you now have time to turn your attention back to the data centre space, as working conditions are no longer the large priority. Your business must start planning now to prevent unexpected hurdles later in this year. Begin by using Velez’s EOSL Database to check impending server and storage hardware end of service life dates (EOSL), as these dates could be sooner than you think, due to focus being elsewhere during lockdowns.
You must also check, or hire someone to do so, your assets and their conditions- which may have been neglected over the pandemic. If your IT Infrastructure maintenance plan has become neglected over the pandemic, it can be incredibly complex to get it back up to speed, and you may require third party assistance via asset management services to deliver accurate updates and monitoring, even if assets are approaching EOSL.
After assessing your infrastructure and determining which essential assets are due for upgrade, you can begin to consider your options in terms which service provider you’d like to choose. It’s essential you do your research and choose a provider fit for you, as not every piece of hardware that is close to the EOSL timescale needs upgrading or even maintenance. How do you know which hardware assets require maintenance or upgrades?
Optimising your Assets
Where possible, we advise you leave what assets you have working well and focus on those that need most attention. Deciding which asset takes priority in a business after a pandemic can be difficult, so here’s how.
The first step would be to look out for any defects on your assets, before considering updates on hardware both for servers and storage, unless deemed essential, as any outstanding issues should take priority. It’s also worth thinking about whether servers and storage that are approaching their end-of-life dates within this year need replacing. It is researched that lifetime of an asset can usually be extended by up to 5 years, and that 47% of all organizations-from SMEs to larger organisations- already extend server lifespan for four years or more.
Not only should you research prices of TPM Providers, but also OEM support to. If the option to continue support with an OEM, it may not always be the most cost- effective and reliable option. You can decrease costs by combining support from OEMs with TPMs to achieve greater flexibility, agility, and cost savings. IT budgets aren’t increasing, but the demand for a larger budget is rapidly rising, meaning money is being stretched where it can be, meaning an option is to consider how much you’re paying for post-purchase support.
How Velez have Managed Business after a Pandemic
Just because Velez Managed Services are a TPM provider, doesn’t always mean it’s easy to keep on top of your own server, storage, and network maintenance. Having made the decision to allow most to work from home during the pandemic for safety, it has taken a toll on the teams at Velez, and therefore keeping up their award- winning serviceshasn’t been easy.
Having followed usual protocol and kept communication key during the pandemic, Velez have managed to not only support their business and team, but also provide cost effective solutions for SMEs to large organisations across the globe during the course of the pandemic, earning them multiple awards within the IT sector.
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