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4 Spring Cleaning Practices to Improve your IT

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it's a good time to step back and look at ways to rejuvenate your day-to-day operations and do some spring cleaning. These practices won't cover dusting up cobwebs but will offer a few practices to improve your overall IT.

Start Monitoring your Network

For small businesses, there's always room for improvement and IT is a great place to start. IT Monitoring can detect issues that are lying dormant on your network and workstations and help technicians resolve them before they cause big trouble for you later. It's much cheaper to find and detect issues than it is to deal with them while they cause havoc.

Managed IT providers such as Motor City Technology offer Monitoring services to prevent issues before they happen. There is a lot of value in this; businesses that monitor their IT see significantly less downtime and lower support costs overall.

Policy Management

It's time to step back and look at how your organization manages policies on your network. Technology trends have been changing very rapidly and employees often bring their own smartphones and tablets to work to improve their mobility and supplement productivity. This is great, but it is forcing businesses to think about how to establish policies for bring-your-own-device situations.

Motor City Technology can help you establish permissions and policies for users across your network and determine who can access what. There's a fine line between restricting too much and not enough, and we can assist you with finding the comfortable medium that makes it easy for your employees to access what they need and get the job done while safeguarding your network and data.

User Training

A little training can go a long ways for employees - from better practices to email management to basic Microsoft Office proficiency, better educated employees can get more done faster and requires less support for day-to-day operations. It's an upfront expense that can improve overall performance of your entire bottom line, and often your employees will appreciate the perk.

File Management

Is your data unorganized? Is it getting harder to keep track of where certain documents and files are on your network? Even worse, is there data that is only accessible from particular workstations?

Spending time organizing and filing your data can increase productivity and make things a whole lot easier to manage. Ensuring that all data is stored centrally on the server is incredibly important, especially when it comes to your backup - most backup solutions don't cover data stored on local workstations, so having it all on the server is a must.

There's no time better than right now to start improving your IT and streamlining your bottom line. For assistance with any of these tips or help implementing any IT project your organization requires, contact Motor City Technology at (248) 737-7920.

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Joshua Van Berkum is passionate about embracing the positive change that technology brings to small businesses. Having been in the "technology trenches" for years, as well as owning his own business for 15 years, Joshua is equipped with the patience and know-how that it takes to make technology decisions carefully and implement proper plans quickly. Still learning and always adapting, Joshua is continually striving to grow his customers' businesses through innovation, while ensuring his client's return on their technology investment.

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