19 aug The importance of IT infrastructure analysis
The importance of IT infrastructure analysis
It’s no secret that a well-functioning IT infrastructure is essential for any business. However, many small to medium companies don’t realize the importance of regularly checking up on their infrastructure. Without regular analysis, it can be difficult to spot problems early and prevent them from becoming bigger issues down the road. This can lead to decreased productivity, data loss, and even downtime.
Luckily, a trusted technical partner can help organisations to get a better understanding of their current situation, and point out the best next steps. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of IT infrastructure analysis, why you should consider it, and how we approach it at our clients. We are joined by our managing director Kris De Bisschop.
What is an infrastructure analysis?
An infrastructure analysis is a comprehensive review of your company’s IT systems. It covers everything from network connectivity and security to data storage, application performance, and even licensing. The goal of an infrastructure analysis is to identify areas that need improvement, write documentation about the hardware, and make recommendations for future growth.
If you cooperate with a technical advisor, an infrastructure analysis is often the first step in a guided improvement track. When coupled with managed services, this provides organisations with ease of mind that their infrastructure will always perform as intended.
Why should you conduct an infrastructure analysis?
Your company’s IT infrastructure is the backbone of your operations. It helps you stay connected to customers, vendors, and employees, keeps your data safe and secure, and powers your critical business applications. An infrastructure analysis helps you understand the current state of your IT systems and identify areas that need improvement, and provides a roadmap for future growth and development. There are several ways in which it does this.
First, it can help prevent problems before they happen. By identifying areas of weakness in the current setup, you can make changes that will avoid costly downtime or data loss in the future. You can compare it to car maintenance. Even if the required vehicle inspection at a government agency is still a few months or even years off, most people still bring their car to the garage. A regular check-up now and then avoids expensive repairs or replacements further down the road, and hardware is no different.
Second, an infrastructure analysis can help ensure that your system is using the latest technologies. As new advancements are made in hardware and software, it’s important to keep your system up to date, so you can take advantage of those improvements. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling behind the competition and missing out on potential opportunities. Even more importantly, upgrading your infrastructure components will ensure that your valuable data and applications stay secure.
Third, an infrastructure analysis can help improve efficiency and productivity within your organisation. By identifying bottlenecks or other areas of waste, you can make changes that will help your employees work more efficiently and get more done each day. This will also increase the level of job satisfaction. After all, nobody likes having to wait for an old server or application to respond.
Finally, an infrastructure analysis provides valuable insights that can be used to make informed decisions about future investments in technology. By understanding your current strengths and weaknesses, you can focus your resources on areas that will have the biggest impact on your business. That’s why most analyses end with a roadmap and a list of priorities.
How does GroupWave conduct an infrastructure analysis?
Our infrastructure analysis consists of a few phases. First, we organise an introductory meeting where we get to know our client and their goals and issues. We then plan an on-site visit to examine all aspects of the infrastructure, which takes just a day for all but the biggest companies.
After the visit comes the brunt of the work. We analyse our findings, find areas for improvement, and write documentation about all the hardware and software we found. Besides general documentation, this results in a detailed report and a roadmap with suggestions for the next steps. Finally, we present these documents and discuss our findings in a summarising meeting with the customer.
We focus our approach on two key values: clear language and transparency. It’s important for us to speak the same language as our clients, so we avoid technical lingo and sales pitches. We focus on long-term partnerships where an infrastructure analysis is just the first of many projects together, so it’s key for us to only advise what the client actually needs. We also consider what the client can afford, which is why we have our roadmap. If there is a limited budget, we start with the essentials that keep the current infrastructure running securely.
Wrapping things up
An infrastructure analysis is a crucial part of maintaining a well-functioning IT system. By conducting periodic analyses, organisations can avoid potential problems, keep their systems up to date with the latest technologies, and improve efficiency and productivity throughout the company.
At GroupWave, we have a team of experienced consultants who can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your current IT setup. We can also provide recommendations for improvements and expansions. If you opt for our managed services, you won’t even have to worry about your infrastructure at all. Contact us today to learn more about our services.