3 Things to Assess Before 2018

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s tradition to take time to reflect on the past, present and future. Think about your technology… “Oh, the new floppy discs just arrived.” “Do they have free Wi-Fi on the plane?” “We’re going to have to push back our meeting. I have a 5:15 on Saturn and can’t make it to Mars on time.”

The New Year presents big opportunities to dream big and set goals that you work towards tirelessly. This year, we want to help you make a big resolution that you can keep – making your technology work for you, not against you. Here are three things you should assess to prepare for the New Year:

1. Infrastructure:
A lot can change in the year, and the same goes for technology. Your infrastructure must be reliable, secure and scalable to keep up with current trends and new innovations.
Are you getting the most from your IT infrastructure?
Do you have the right combination of technology solutions to meet your needs?
Are you confident you have room to scale as you grow?

If you’re shaking your head, it might be time to take a close look at where your infrastructure can improve.

2. Cloud:
Cloud is a big player in technology because of the added benefits of reliability, manageability, mobility and more security. But as far as assessing your current cloud solutions, here’s some things you should think about:
Are you out of storage space?
Do you need more bandwidth?
Is it time to renew any application subscriptions?

If you haven’t implemented some form of cloud into your business model, you’re already a few steps behind your competition. Maybe you should start your New Year’s resolution by adding a cloud strategy to your 2018 plan.

3. Security:
This past year was a big reminder that you need to be prepared for anything – cyberattacks, floods, hurricanes and fires. While you may not have been directly impacted, you don’t want to suffer the consequences if something happens in the upcoming year.
Do you have a business continuity plan?
If your servers went down right now, could you access your data?
Are you actively protecting your email, applications and networks from cyber criminals?

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to evaluating your security. If you’re looking to greet the new year with confidence, it might be best to get a complete security and vulnerability assessment.

By taking the time to assess your infrastructure, cloud and security, you’ll be able to ring out the old and ring in the new for good times ahead. If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’d love to extend a helpful hand by taking a look at your technology and talking strategy to make 2018 the best year yet. Contact us today.

Invest in Yourself with Section 179

When a brand new employee joins your business, chances are they are given a computer that has actually been used many times before. It’s not uncommon for organizations to try to stretch their computer system capabilities over the course of a decade, and as the dust settles in, it’s not a surprise when computers “unexpectedly” quit working.

We see technology as a way to make life simpler, but when your tech starts to fail, it steadily creates new troubles and ultimately costs you more money in downtime and lost performance than it would cost to buy new equipment.

Here’s the bright side: The federal government understands this desire to save money by updating your equipment less often–and they’re combating it with Section 179.

What’s the Section 179 Tax Deduction? Well, rather than waiting for your equipment to fail on you, Section 179 lets you subtract the full cost of any permitted equipment or software purchased or rented during the year. This includes:
Bought, financed or rented equipment
Desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones
Servers, printers, routers, network switches, network security devices
Off-the-shelf software (productivity, administrative, operating systems, etc.)

Now, there’s no need to put off buying or leasing technology when you can write-off the full amount. Businesses that buy, finance or lease less than $2M in new or pre-owned businesses technology qualify. You just have to make certain the equipment and software are placed into use by December 31, 2017.

For most situations, applying the tax break will be as simple as subtracting the full amount of the purchase as a Section 179 expenditure; although, in some cases it can be a bit harder. To learn more about Section 179 or if you require help getting started, contact us to request your free, no-obligation Section 179 assessment.