Being proactive can save a lot of headaches. Outside of maybe your car, nowhere is this more evident than with your business’ technology. Businesses that fail to stay ahead of their technology problems see a lot more inefficiency and costly downtime than organizations that stay on top of their technology. If your business doesn’t have a proactive maintenance platform in place, you are just prolonging the inevitable.
What is Proactive Maintenance?
All maintenance for your IT is either proactive or reactive. Reactive maintenance is getting things fixed or replacing them after they break. In IT terms, proactive maintenance is a strategy led by constantly monitoring your business’ computing infrastructure and keeping it up to date with the latest patches and updates so that it can function well and keep your organization from dealing with significant downtime. This is quite the benefit if you consider that downtime is extremely costly and can bring on a series of problems that can make situations even worse.
Besides Greater Uptime, What are the Benefits of Proactive Maintenance?
Sure, mitigating downtime is a big deal, but there are other benefits of proactive maintenance. One of the biggest benefits is that you can effectively avoid system failure entirely. You see, trained IT technicians can spot inefficiencies in technology both through manual management and automated management that can go a long way toward helping them fix technology that may be in danger of failure. Over time, this proactive maintenance can save an organization a lot of money.
There are two main types of proactive maintenance. There is predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance. What is the difference? Predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance are actually pretty similar. The main difference is that preventative maintenance follows a schedule, while traditional predictive maintenance is completed based on anticipated conditions of the underlying technology.
In essence, there are some tasks that can help technology last longer. These are largely preventative maintenance tasks. They include monthly audits, software updates, and other things that can be scheduled and reliably undertaken on a set schedule. Predictive maintenance, on the other hand, has a more variable timeline, but includes overall quality control and root cause analysis.
At SRS Networks, our knowledgeable IT technicians can help save your business a lot of time and money by proactively monitoring your entire IT infrastructure. We can help your organization avoid the dreaded downtime and get your technology management and maintenance on a schedule that can help protect your business from situations brought on by technology failure. Give us a call today at (831) 758-3636 to learn more.