If you are not a trained professional in the IT field, making technical decisions can be
overwhelming. A reputable Managed Service Provider can offer expert consulting for all your IT
needs. For that reason, Integrated Computer Services has a staff of highly trained and experienced
technicians that are specialized in working with all types of hardware, software and networks.
As a New Jersey IT support
firm, over the years we have witnessed our fair share of avoidable mishaps when it comes to
clients making important network decisions without proper advisement. We strongly recommend that our
partners run everything by network administrators before implementing any changes or purchasing new
technology. In the business world money has gone to waste on behalf of poor technical decisions made
by people who didn't exactly know what they were doing.
Sometimes the smallest occurrences can be responsible for bringing down entire business networks.
Below is a list of the most common avoidable mistakes that we have seen made in IT.
- Ignoring or failing to get staff input is a very common
mistake that we see made by ICS partners. In order to get a feel for what will be best for the
business you must first gather input from the individuals who will be using these technologies on
a regular basis. We suggest finding out what they dislike about the previous technology and use
this information when deciding on the newer version. You will be surprised how much input you will
get from an employee who works with the software or technology on a regular basis. This input can
be used in order to make things more productive and inevitably save the business money. If you
implement new technology that the employees dislike or find difficult to use, it will hurt
- Always keep your budget in mind when it comes to making network
changes. Often we have seen businesses implement too many network changes at once, failing to
realize that they are way over budget. This makes it more difficult and longer to complete and
leaves your network in a state of construction for damaging amounts of time. It's never good for
the money to run out before the project is complete. This is threatening to productivity and will
bring unnecessary stress to the company.
- The newest technology is not necessarily the best for your
situation. It is a common misconception that the newer technology is always the best.
Although there are instances where NEW technology may be the best option, however in most cases
this is far from the truth. No two networks are identical, with this said there is no way every
new technology is the best for your situation. There are so many different factors that come into
play, decisions like this should only be made by a highly skilled professional to make sure you
get the best performance and product for your company. You must remember, the newest is not always
- Not all hardware and software are compatible with each other.
Some things just are not able to coexist, certain software is not supported by other software or
applications. This is where things get very technical. Before purchasing any hardware or software
you must deeply investigate what you are looking into and how it will work with other aspects of
your network. We have seen partners purchase software without consulting with us first and come
across endless errors. This wastes your company's time as well as ICS's. This has the ability of
also being detrimental to productivity, because now ICS must diagnose the issue and find out what
the changes were that you made, and how to fix it. The proper procedure would be to make sure you
thoroughly investigate any network changes before implementing them. Not all hardware and software
play nice with one another.
- Neglecting to train employees on the proper way to work with newly
implemented technology is also a very common occurrence. This is very harmful for
business. Most networks are very fragile and delicate, a simple mouse click on the wrong link
could bring your entire network down. It is very crucial that all employees are properly trained
for the technology they will be using from day to day. The biggest mistake you can make would be
to assume that every employee is computer literate and knows exactly what they are doing. Your
businesses' network is not something you want to take chances on. Cover all your bases and make
sure all users are informed and comfortable working with their systems and applications.
Being aware of these common mistakes will save company time and funds. Making these common practice
will ensure that the future of your business network will be in a more productive state. Always take
precautions, investigate, and never assume anything!
Integrated Computer Services is always here for you to answer any of your questions no matter how
silly you think it might be. We can save you from unnecessary down time.