What is the the importance of small business IT strategy?
IT forms the basis on which most modern businesses operate. A comprehensive and tailored IT strategy is essential, no matter what size your business is.
It’s particularly important, however, to have a small business IT strategy that accounts for your individual needs. This is what will allow your business to grow.
What do you need to keep in mind?
Having a small business IT strategy is important. So what do you need to keep in mind when forming one? The first thing you need to remember is to maximise productivity and minimise redundancy in every process possible. As an example, adopting cloud solutions early on in a business’ life can not only support more flexible working but over time can offer more cost-effective systems scaling.
Understand the role that investing in IT infrastructure will take in your ongoing investment plans. Hardware and software upgrades are a necessity, though they can seem expensive. Minimise your costs by taking advantage of technologies that can maximise productivity while minimising necessary investment.
Something else to consider is that your IT strategy is never “done”. You need to establish and implement an ongoing IT strategy that morphs and develops with your business. As your needs change, so too must the way you approach them.
Investing in professional assistance
One of the best ways to ensure that your small business IT strategy is properly optimised for your needs is to invest in the services of a professional IT specialist. They can help you understand what specific challenges you’re going to face (based on factors such as your profile or industry), as well as the solutions to those problems through your use of IT.
An IT strategy devised by professionals can also be an invaluable investment for your future growth. As many as 60% of businesses fail to accurately link their strategies and budgets, for example, resulting in either a slow down of growth or unnecessary financial pressure.
You might think that outsourced IT support might be prohibitively expensive, but the reality of it is that dedicated IT services for small business are actually very affordable. Remember that tailored IT services and strategy development are scaled to your business needs – as a small business, your needs will be relatively simple.
As you grow, so will your IT strategy and implementation.
Small business IT strategy assistance
Akita supports organisations of all sizes with their IT across London and the South East.
Development of an IT roadmap and ongoing IT strategy is a key part of the technical account management we deliver as part of our IT support.
To discuss IT support services that embrace long-term IT strategy, or to discuss ad hoc IT consultancy, please get in touch: