Is 2017 time for a tech audit?

Tech audits are a great way improve IT efficiency.

Is 2017 time for a tech audit?

As we launch into 2017, what are you doing to prepare for the year ahead?

Better yet, when was the last time you reviewed your IT, ferreting out any pesky inefficiencies and identifying opportunities for improvement? Why not use the start of the year to refresh your business and give your information technology a professional audit? 

Optimising your IT is not just for show. Below, we've outlined some reasons why regularly reviewing your IT is essential for business growth and profit:

When was the last time you reviewed your IT?When was the last time you reviewed your IT?

Know where you stand

Like most SMEs, chances are you're already juggling a handful of computers, requiring reservation of some of the annual budget towards IT. You're not alone. A report by PwC found New Zealand organisations are setting aside around 33 per cent of their digital enterprise budget on IT. Without a clear IT plan, this money is effectively tied up in a cloud of uncertainty.

Rather than spending this money on dealing with IT issues when and where they arise, auditing your systems will remove a great deal of this instability. By identifying where your capabilities are and where they need to be, you better position your business to cope with an ever-changing technology environment.

Don't miss the boat by not being prepared to jump aboard when the next wave of innovation hits.

Digital disruption

According to findings by the 2016 Deloitte digital business global executive study, 87 per cent of businesses believe that digital advancements will have a disruptive effect in their industry, yet only 44 per cent feel adequately prepared to meet them. One doesn't have to look far to see where digital innovation changed business for good, with the likes of Uber and Airbnb having a huge disruptive effect on the established system.

Don't miss the boat by not being prepared to jump aboard when the next wave of innovation hits. By identifying areas in your business that are inefficient, you leave yourself room to anticipate (and more importantly, act) wherever the next big disruptions may come from.

You can be sure that 2017 will bring its own fair share of digital transformations. So before you try to wrangle the next big thing, make sure what you've already got is up to scratch. At Imagetext Integrated Solutions, we provide a number of comprehensive auditing options to optimise your technology, so that you're both more efficient at what you do, and better positioned for where you want to be.

Get in touch with our team today to find out how.