Making a year-end IT manager's checklist can be an effective catalyst for a productive fourth quarter and new year. You don't want to make your overall checklist too cluttered or complex with details, which is why many things never get done. All you need is a realistic and straightforward list of IT issues such as the following that you can investigate, perhaps with the help of a managed services provider (MSP).
ANALYZE YOUR IT BUDGET
One of the most critical priorities for your IT checklist should involve planning next year's IT budget. Many companies have migrated to the cloud to allow remote work and enjoy savings on technology costs. If you've already gone through this digital transformation, consider adding new technology that makes your operation more efficient.
A significant barrier to investing in new technology is rising costs. Due to economic factors, a company cannot afford to make budget mistakes like investing in the wrong equipment. By working with an IT expert, you'll get solid recommendations on the best solutions for improving your technology.
PLAN GOALS AND DEADLINES
Your year-end IT manager's checklist should include reviewing your goals and setting deadlines. Even if you don't meet your goals, they serve as benchmarks for measuring company performance. Planning is a critical key to business success, whereas failing to plan creates mixed and uncertain results.
TALK WITH YOUR MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDER
Working with a reputable MSP can give your business multiple competitive advantages. Communicating regularly with your MSP helps you stay in tune with the state of your technology and learn about ways to innovate your business. The following are essential conversation topics you should have with your provider.
AUDIT YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE
Your IT team can audit your company's infrastructure and give you a comprehensive report on your system's vulnerabilities and inefficiencies. This evaluation allows you to prioritize maintaining and upgrading your technology. It can help you learn which programs no longer work or find missing data.
DISCUSS HARDWARE UPGRADES
Holding on to legacy systems with old hardware too long creates security vulnerabilities. The older it gets, the more risk the data may get lost or damaged. One effective way to remove confidential data from a hard drive before you take it to a recycler is using a powerful magnet to destroy hard drive data.
UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE
Routinely updating your software to the latest version will help protect your system from bugs and security flaws. Part of an IT manager's typical job is to ensure the software is up to date to function correctly.
CREATE MORE DATA STORAGE SPACE
At some point, after you've built a massive archive of data from email communication and company activities, you may want to clean out some of the unimportant data. It will free up storage space on your computers and help keep your operation more organized.
RECRUITING NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Hiring and training new staff members for the new year can bring greater efficiency to your workforce. Today’s thriving business environment requires personnel who care about the brand and its offerings. To attract the best talent, you'll need to offer benefits, incentives, and a flexible work environment.
ASSESS YOUR SALES AND MARKETING PERFORMANCE
Sales and marketing are the lifeblood of any business. Look at your analytics of market segments to assess the performance of how marketing helps generate sales. Use website data to gauge your company's growth in followers. Study a list of the latest digital marketing trends for ideas on expanding your market.
SHOW THANKS AND APPRECIATION
Make sure you let your team know you appreciate the work they do for you. Workforces are going through significant changes as workers rethink their careers. Make your workplace a positive environment that gives workers ambition to contribute to its success.
Developing a primary year-end IT manager's checklist can be the key to pointing your business in a better direction for the new year. Contact us at West Coast Computer Recycler to learn more about ways to make your business more efficient and sustainable for the future.