The True Costs of Aging IT Systems on Baltimore – Washington Business


March 22, 2013

Businesses are continuing to look for new ways to reduce expenses, cut operating costs and maximize existing budgets. While some departments or areas of your business can afford to have budgets cut, key areas of your business like marketing investments must never be reduced. Besides marketing, information technology is another key area that must never see the company axe.

We all understand the importance of never cutting your marketing budget, after all business owners always want to increase revenues and smart marketing provides this. However, many fail to see the importance of having up-to-date technology systems as a key mechanism to increase operational output, improve employee morale and increase productivity and efficiencies even with fewer employees.

Baltimore – Washington Business Must Continue To Invest In IT

Company IT systems must continue to receive investment. Technologies such as cloud computing and cloud services provide an ability to have the latest IT systems and replace aging systems while decreasing costs related to hardware, software and maintenance. Cloud pricing models allow today’s business owners to get more bang for their IT investment buck without a significant CapEx investment. Many cloud services actually fit into an OpEx category on your balance sheet.

The latest in modern technology such as tablets (iPad and Windows Surface) are also great tools to invest in. In some situations, a tablet computer in the right hands could lead to significant revenue gains. Now a sales professional can close the deal, get the order and do up all the paperwork while with the client, saving the expense and time to come back to the office, print out any contracts and send them out via courier. Sales velocity increases dramatically when business invests in the right technology.

Aging Technology Costs Business in DC and Maryland 

Old computer systems that you had back in 2008 may have been state-of-the-art back then, but today, these computer systems are dinosaurs. You may think you are saving more by holding onto to these old computers and laptops, however it is quite the opposite. Today’s computers are tuned to use less energy, run faster and increase efficiencies of the user. Plus they require less care and maintenance, once again saving your business money.

With all these cost savings in place, why do we say never slash your IT budget? The money that you were spending to keep your old legacy computers running or have an IT company take care of, can now be reinvested into other areas of your business where IT can assist in streamlining workflows and operational efficiencies. Maybe it is an investment in a Microsoft SharePoint solution or the latest smartphone technology. Perhaps your company website needs a major overhaul. Once you start looking at IT strategically, you can see other areas of the business needing attention that could net you a new contract or save money in other sections of the business.

Our IT Professionals help business across the region look at technology strategically, as a tool to increase customer satisfaction, loyalty and streamline operations. If your existing IT guy is just fixing your computers and putting band-aid solutions in place, we need to talk.

Call Integris today for the best IT support in the DC and Baltimore regions.  We are standing by to help you.

We're Integris. We're always working to empower people through technology.

Keep reading

Updating Your Bank’s Security Training for the Age of AI

Updating Your Bank’s Security Training for the Age of AI

How much could AI-driven models like Copilot for M365, Google Gemini, or Apple Intelligence improve the productivity at your bank? The jury is still out on that one, but initial experiments place the overall AI-driven productivity gains for the US economy at between 8...

What to Know Before Installing Co-Pilot for Microsoft Word

What to Know Before Installing Co-Pilot for Microsoft Word

Imagine having an AI assistant that pulls from your notes, marries them to an existing document format, and writes a document for you. That's the power of Copilot for Microsoft Word, which is planned for rollout in 2024 for those who buy the Copilot M365 license....

Bridging the Gap between Automation and Innovation

Bridging the Gap between Automation and Innovation

Automation and Innovation. Some people might say those two words cancel each other out. Yet, I believe these two concepts can create capacity for each other—if your business leverages the free time automation creates to foster innovation. Automation can be...