Businesses rely on hardware, like workstations, servers, mobile devices, and more, to keep operations moving forward. However, managing these knowledge-intensive machines can demand time and resources that are finite for SMBs. If you’re challenged by the management and deployment of hardware, let us guide you through the process of doing so.
With mobile devices like smartphones and laptops becoming a major part of the workplace, employees are often given hardware solutions to stay productive at all times, even when out of the office. Yet, the nature of this mobile technology means that it’s traveling constantly, and when it’s moving all over the place, it can be difficult to track. Furthermore, as device usage wears on, the data that’s stored on it can change. It should be your prerogative to understand which data is stored where, and how it’s being used.
Here are three reasons why you should keep track of your company’s hardware, and what it’s being used for.
Hardware is Expensive
It goes without saying that any new piece of technology is going to cost your business a pretty penny, be it a new workstation, laptop, server unit, storage component, or otherwise. An unexpected replacement could set your budget back hundreds or thousands of dollars. Therefore, you want to treat your hardware just like your data: as irreplaceable. You should be keeping a close eye on your hardware solutions, including who they have been issued to.
Hardware Contains Sensitive Information
Your business’s mobile devices are likely to contain sensitive information that hackers would find quite lucrative on the black market. Therefore, in order to guarantee that your mobile devices don’t become a liability, you need to take the opportunity to secure them, and ensure that your employees know how to properly use them.
Office Relocation is a Pain without Hardware Management
If you’ve ever had to relocate your office, you know that technology can potentially be misplaced or go missing during the move. Moving your office is enough of a pain without the added frustration of losing an expensive workstation.
If your organization is having a tough time managing and keeping track of your technology assets, Exact IT Consulting can help. We have a hardware management system that can help you take inventory of your various hardware solutions. Furthermore, we offer services such as mobile device management to optimize the usage and security of your organization’s mobile devices.
Have you ever had to keep track of spreadsheets filled with information on who has which device, and what they’re using it for? This type of manual IT inventory management can lead to user error. Instead, a better way to track your technology is by attaching barcodes to each of your devices, and keeping a detailed virtual record for each device. All you have to do to update your inventory is scan the barcode. That way, you’ll always know what’s going on with your technology.
Mobile Device Management
We offer a mobile device management service that can help you keep track of your devices and manage how they’re used, no matter where they are. You can whitelist and blacklist apps from accessing sensitive corporate data, and wipe devices that have been lost or compromised by hackers.
Exact IT Consulting’s comprehensive suite of proactive and innovative technology solutions can help you make strategic, long-term IT decisions.