If you are driving your car along the highway to your next appointment and a warning light comes on, do you ignore it? Do you service your car and other important business equipment when it is due or do you wait for it to break down first? We do not wait for our cars or other important business equipment to break down first before taking action because the cost to the business of doing this is too great. However, many small businesses treat their computers in this way despite the fact that their business could be similarly impacted by a computer system breakdown. There are a number of things that should be done to alleviate this situation and one of them is computer monitoring.
The concept of computer monitoring may have once only been affordable only by large corporations due to the investment required in the software that provides this services. However, there are now service providers out there that can provide this service at a very affordable rate that should be making small businesses question why they are not doing it.
So what will computer monitoring do for your business? In the opening paragraph we ask what you would do if a warning light comes on in your car. What you would do is take action to alleviate the problem before it became a much bigger problem than fixing the cause of the warning light. Sorting out the oil because an oil warning light came on is much cheaper and causes much less impact on the business than replacing an engine because you decide to ignore the warning. Computer monitoring can be set up to provide these warnings before a much larger issue manifests itself and demands attention. You get notified of the warning and then take action before the issue becomes much larger.
For example, one warning could be telling you that the hard drive on your computer is getting close to filling up. If you ignore this warning then it will eventually fill up and your computer may become unusable. It then becomes an expensive exercise to replace the hard drive in an emergency situation, because the longer it takes to fix the longer the person trying to use that computer is unable to get on with their normal work. Imagine if you had a major tender due by the end of the day and the person finalising the tender was using the computer that has just filled up its hard drive. You could be in danger of missing out. All the effort already put in is wasted and the potential loss of income could be very large. However, if you heed the warning then you have time to schedule the hard drive upgrade to a time that will not impact the business and perhaps have time to shop around for the best price to purchase the hardware and get the job done.
This is just one example of what can be monitored. Many other critical areas of your computer can be monitored like: the health of your disk drive, whether your back ups and completing successfully, whether your antivirus program is being kept up to date, whether all the windows services you expect to be running are running, whether all your important applications and the operating system is being kept up to date, and many more.
So if you are not doing computer monitoring today, there is no time like right away, to get started. Contact your local IT services business today to find out if they can provide computer monitoring for you and how much it will cost. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you find out, leaving you with even less reason to start Computer Monitoring now.