When you run a small business, it’s likely you will be looking at ways to cut costs at every turn. This is one of the most important tasks a business owner has to do; saving money across all business areas is crucial and can make a big difference to that business’s overall success (or otherwise).
However, when it comes to business software, trying to cut costs and save money might be a bad idea. This is one area of your business where, if you try to take shortcuts or ignore any upgrades and updates you need to pay for (or even those you don’t), you might be causing more problems than you’re solving; you might be giving cybercriminals access, plus your business won’t run as smoothly as you would want it to. Read on to find out why you must update your business software even if it costs you something to do it.
It Gives You Greater Security
Data security is a complex matter, which is why so many businesses of all sizes choose to outsource their managed IT needs to professionals. It’s also a very important matter, and one that you can’t afford to ignore; yet another reason to have experts help you get it right.
The fact is, keeping your business software up to date increases your level of security. This might seem obvious; this is what it is made to do, after all. However, it’s easy for business owners to skip some updates in a cost-saving exercise only to find that hackers use that lack of up-to-date security to gain access to the system. The older your security software, the more likely it is that a cybercriminal will have worked out how to access it.
It Enables Better Collaboration
Today’s businesses aren’t like those of the past. Today, working remotely, at least in part, is the norm, even expected. Some professionals will only work in this way. When you have the most up-to-date business software, this kind of working and the required collaboration and goes along with it become much more possible.
Imagine having out-of-date software and trying to collaborate across the country, even the world, with others to complete a project. You would spend more time being frustrated with the problems your software was causing than actually working. Update the software, and this issue goes away, making collaboration much easier.
It Saves Time
Not only will your business be more secure and more productive, but you’ll save time too. When you keep everything up to date with regular updates – or your IT company does it for you – you won’t have to worry about downtime. If you leave your updates until the last moment, perhaps saving them all up to install at once, you might find you have to stop work for many hours, which, of course, will have an impact on your ability to do anything at all.
Installing updates when they become available will make the task a much quicker one, saving you plenty of time and keeping your customers happy too.