If you find yourself avoiding preventative maintenance on your IT infrastructure, you’re not alone. This phenomenon – what we in the industry like to call the “break-fix mentality” – can be costly, so the question becomes…why not avoid getting around to fixing something after it’s already broken? We can say from experience that waiting until an element in a network malfunctions is the wrong approach to take with IT, which is why a managed service provider (MSP) like TechPulse can help. In a generalized sense, you’re not saving money or doing your organization any favors by relying on the break-fix IT method of calling an IT management company when an issue occurs. Prior to the cloud, apps and complex IT systems, business operations could survive using the break-fix mentality; today, with all the IT service options available, a managed service provider is definitely the way to go to avoid costly errors through preventative measures.
Old adages such as “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” do not apply to the fast-paced world of technology and business continuity requirements. Now, it’s certainly accurate that there are, sometimes, things that don’t necessitate replacement – but we often put off fixing or replacing things due to our own complacency. Then there’s the cavalier attitude many of us have regarding threats to business continuity because of our assumption that horrible things only happen to other people – not to us. It’s one thing to put off replacing high-ticket items like a refrigerator, car or large-screen TV because they’re working just fine…but keeping end-of-life system software and aging computer systems around “just because?” That’s something entirely different. In all our years as IT industry experts, we have encountered countless examples of putting off upgrades of clunky old hardware because it was “inconvenient” or because clients simply didn’t want to spend the money; many of those instances ended up being single points of failure that arrested large migrations and application modernization efforts – and resulted in delays that were considerably more expensive than the money the organization believed it would be saving by putting off upgrades. Here are some real-world examples we can share to illustrate our points about the break-fix mentality—and why it’s no good for business:
We could go on and on with dozens of examples of systems that weren’t “broken” but were nevertheless left in place, and the dire consequences that followed, but the bottom line is that the break-fix mentality can be a hindrance to businesses.
Instead of having to invest in hiring and maintaining a team of trained IT experts, companies can save time and money on developing and maintaining their network infrastructures, email hosting activities, web hosting activities, data storage, data backup and network security by outsourcing these services to a single managed service provider. Managed IT solutions give businesses access to a fully-staffed IT department for precisely the services they’re after, all at a fraction of the cost of approaching this from an in-house perspective. When it comes to fighting the break-fix mentality, managed IT solutions can provide:
This provides the perfect lead-in to our next topic, which will take a look at the differences between managed IT and break-fix approaches.
Whatever size a business may be – regardless of industry or scope – an organization can always benefit from IT services. As such, IT requires support and maintenance from time to time, just like everything else in our lives, and in the world of IT services there are two models of maintenance to choose from:
Let’s recap: traditionally, IT maintenance and fix processes were performed only when a system suddenly ceased to work. This model focuses on reacting to problems after they have already occurred—hence, the “break-fix” methodology. The flip side to this coin is the managed services approach to IT, which allows companies to take preventative measures to ensure smooth operations of all their facilities – without waiting for something to crash in order to start. As we suggested earlier, the old-school break-fix approach to IT often exhibits conflicting business motives; the drawbacks, as compared to a managed IT solution, include:
Through a professional IT company like TechPulse, constant monitoring and maintenance is guaranteed, shrinking a company’s chances of experiencing outages and ensuring preventative measures are taken so they don’t happen. By going with a firm such as TechPulse, the IT benefits include:
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