For most companies, the beginning of October marks the start of the final quarter of the fiscal year. If you are a technician responsible for the company's network maintenance, this is the time of the year when you prepare for the next year by analyzing what you actually need and deciding your goals for the future in order to plan the new budget.
Making sure you include network monitoring in your 2021 budget is more important than ever. In this article, we will talk about why.
Do you already have a remote monitoring system? Do you remember the last time you performed a complete audit of your network structure, including layout and equipment?
It's understandable that you probably haven't done that in a while - after all, your network might be very big, comprehending multiple remote sites.
So, visiting your sites and reviewing network trouble spots to identify areas where your monitoring needs improvement. This brings to light any holes in your current system and helps to prioritize what to budget for.
As you analyze your current network, keep the following questions in mind:
The bottom line is that technology is changing at a fast pace and that reflects to your network as well. So, to be able to keep it reliable and running at all times, it's important to know exactly how it is laid out. Keeping up with the changes of your network is critical so you don't end up with a dated system, and incompatible devices that lack advanced capabilities.
If you don't currently have a network monitoring system, then you probably often find out about service issues when a user is already affected. Also, you might be left rushing to identify, find the root cause, and solve the problem.
If that's your case, then you might be trapped in a highly reactive process. But, it doesn't have to be this way.
With a monitoring system, you'll know about potential future problems before they actually happen and users are affected. This is due to many important features, such as:
As we've said before, technology is evolving at a rapid pace. But, the thing is, it also means that network security threats are also evolving fast (or maybe even faster).
Your network monitoring system deals with sensitive data and can even remotely control equipment, so protecting it should be a priority. To do so, you need to know what's on your network.
A competent monitoring system will have effective protection features, such as:
With real-time information of what's going on you can be aware of and eliminate possible risks that might lead to breaches into your network.
If you already have a network monitoring system, it may be time to evaluate if you're still getting the most out of your investment when it comes to your monitoring devices. Are they truly still running at their best or are you just sticking with what you have because it's easy?
As you plan your next year's network refresh, you can use this info to determine if there's a more cost-effective solution if there are manufacturers who are leaps and bounds ahead (in terms of product development) from what you're currently working with, or if you'd like to consolidate which devices you're managing.
Ultimately, the biggest reason to include network monitoring in your next year's budget is to have peace of mind. When you don't have to spend time and energy worrying about your network, you have more time to complete other important responsibilities.
By investing in an easy-to-use network monitoring system, you can not only automate your monitoring tasks, but you can also delegate specific issues to specific people that can handle them.
Don't wait until it's too late to get the investment in your monitoring system into your next year budget. Contact us today so we can put your 2021 network plans in motion.
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