For many businesses, the winter months are a period of consolidation. Lower workloads and fewer client demands can free up valuable resources that can be deployed elsewhere. It’s also the perfect time to take stock of your organisation’s IT setup.
Plans for future growth
The Irish GDP rose 10.8% in the first quarter of 2022. This is a stunning reversal of the 6.2% contraction in the last three months of 2021. This boom has resulted in a decrease in unemployment levels across the board, already surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
What this all means for businesses across Ireland is that new employees are joining organisations at an increasing rate. This can put a strain on an already marginal IT infrastructure, which can lead to growing pains if you aren’t ready for it.
The next step: A comprehensive IT Analysis
If your business has already expanded this year, or is looking to grow, it is crucial to get a snapshot of where your organisation stands.
Sleepless already provides a comprehensive IT Audit that lets you see exactly where your business stands and uncovers areas that are vulnerable or need attention.
A Security Review takes things one step further, it focusses more closely on weak areas in your security setup, from poor cyber threat protection to loopholes in data access protocols that could lead to major issues. Sleepless offers a basic half day or advanced full day package, designed to provide a clear picture of the state of your security setup.
Whether you are hiring or firing, ensuring that every employee is properly trained in your business’s IT setup is a key factor in preventing issues in the future.
New employees may have joined an organisation without being given proper access to company files, or need to be trained in existing security practices, while older accounts may need to be removed from the system. We often have clients who have forgotten to remove previous employee’s accounts from their servers, creating a security breach that can easily lead to lost or stolen data.
We are regularly tasked with renewing contracts and adding new users, and one of the most common security risks we find are where employees use personal devices to access sensitive company data. Identifying these instances and then implementing solutions like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and restricting access to unauthorised data goes a long way to protect an organisation from security threats.
Recovering from Disaster
Regular backups are a basic requirement for any organisation. But sometimes you need to think even further ahead. Disaster recovery solutions offer a way to regain access to the IT infrastructure if the worst were to happen.
We develop multi-tiered bespoke security solutions for our clients which gives them that extra layer of protection. When business is booming, the last thing you want is to hamstrung by a catastrophic event that prevents access to your company files.
We guide you every step of the way
Recognising the problems and identifying solutions are all well and good, but implementation and support are what makes the real difference. One of the main things we have discussed with our clients this past winter was Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
They are the foundation for any new solutions we introduce. There is no point in your staff losing time and lowering productivity levels because they are grappling with a new IT solution. We provide remote sessions, professional support and plenty of assistance as you incorporate the new systems into your business.
Get prepared for the busy months ahead with a comprehensive IT analysis and full support from our experts at Sleepless.