What’s your dream car?
Maybe sports cars aren’t your thing? How about a luxury brand Grand Tourer like a Bentley or Aston Martin?
Maybe you have a young family and so your ideal car is something that can fit the whole family and also rates high in the Safety ratings?
Or perhaps you aren’t really a ‘car person’ and just want something reliable or practical? A Toyota, or a Ford or similar?
Whether your car is a dream, something ideal for your needs, or just a practical run-a-round, I bet there’s one thing they will all have in common.
You service them. Regularly.
Whether you service the car yourself or the local garage/main dealer services the car, you get it serviced.
Well, it’s kind of a no-brainer really. Servicing the car regularly ensures it runs smoothly and efficiently. It keeps the fuel-consumption optimal. It allows parts and tyres to be replaced before they fail or become dangerous.
It minimises your chances of a break-down, which as we all know creates huge inconvenience.
In short, proactive maintenance of your car ensures it runs smoothly and safely.
Given the context of this blog, no doubt you’ve figured out the analogy by now.
Proactive IT maintenance of your IT systems ensures your computer systems, and therefore your company, run smoothly and securely.
Servers, network equipment, desktops, laptops and Macs (yes Macs – see our earlier blog piece on the need to keep Apple Macintosh equipment updated) all need regular maintenance.
What’s more, they need to be serviced more regularly than your car. The major software providers, notably Microsoft, issue updates and patches regularly. These updates typically include bug fixes, improvements and upgrades. Most notably they include measures to combat recently-identified cyber threats.
Without professional, proactive IT maintenance and management of your IT systems, they will quickly degrade. Worse, without many of the ongoing updates, you may be leaving your company open to a successful cyber attack.
That’s why Managed Service Provision from Fresh Mango incorporates monthly maintenance of your server and networks as standard. That’s not all; to be truly proactive, an IT service needs to do much more than this. That’s the subject for another blog piece another time though.
So, next time you take your car in for maintenance, take a moment to think about your corporate IT. Is it helping your business run smoothly and securely?
If you can’t answer that question with an honest ‘yes’, make Fresh Mango your next call.
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