“Standardising your IT infrastructure has many benefits but ultimately keeps consistency throughout the workplace and minimises overall costs.”
What Does It Mean to Standardise Your IT?
IT standardisation is a process whereby hardware and software across a business are made consistent as possible. In terms of software, having everyone using the same operating system, as well as updated software and licencing. Hardware wise too, it may not necessarily mean everyone is dealing with the exact same workstation, but rather minimum specification requirements to ensure any programs can run smoothly and efficiently.
Why Standardise Your IT?
Having requirements for hardware specifications can streamline decision making. When purchasing a new computer for staff, the necessities are already specified and need not be researched further. This makes it less complicated, and also easier for you and your IT staff to maintain.
It’s hard to find parts and match them if there are so many different models. Repairs and replacements are made much easier when there is standardisation.
The Importance of Warranty
Because everything is standardised, warranty issues can also be streamlined. Dealing with the same provider with set warranty standards is much less time consuming than dealing with external vendors who haven’t been dealt with previously. And, if part of the standardisation, you can be sure that all infrastructure is secure.
The Bottom Line on Standardising Your IT
If IT, whether being managed externally or internally, have to learn a new system for each user, the time factor goes way up. Troubleshooting and support are different for each piece of equipment, so any issues take longer to solve.
“Ultimately, creating a standard for your IT can cut costs by reducing maintenance and time.”
Furthermore, it adds a level of security in the knowledge that warranties can be standardised.
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