Happy budgeting season, friends! Either you love this time of year, or you hate it. But for us, it provides an opportunity to revamp and become the greatest version of our business with new tech.
Did you know that American businesses lose nearly $2 billion each year on instances caused by outdated technology? If you’re using outdated technology, your team’s productivity, efficacy, and excitement will likely be waning. This is just one of the many reasons why you need to take your IT budgeting seriously. In theory, it can make or break your business.
So, after watching trends and helping businesses outfit their team with technology near and far, we want to help. Today, we’re offering suggestions for two crucial areas you should prioritize when designing your 2023 IT budget. Ready to take some notes?
General Outlook for 2023 IT Budgeting
Before we dive in, though, what are teams saying about the outlook for next year? Perhaps the most anticipated is the impending recession that over 85% of CEOs believe is on the horizon. But, despite that, 51% of companies are anticipating an increase in their technology budgets, with only 6% expecting a decrease.
What that tells us is that no matter what is going on in the world, investing in the proper technology to operate your business is the most essential move you can make. With streamlined management, automation, and speeds the way they are today, the right tech can actually save your business immense amounts of time and money.
So, now on to the two areas we think should be prioritized the most when designing your budget for the upcoming year.
Accenture recently reported that 43% of cyberattacks are aimed towards SMBs, but only 14% have a strategy to protect themselves. Cybersecurity needs to be a focus for every business this upcoming year, especially SMBs.
So, what are some products you can deploy to keep your network safe? Start simple with secure routers and robust firewall protection. Here are a few we love:
Firewall Option: Cisco ASA 5506-X With FirePOWER Services – Security Appliance (ASA5506-K9)
Cisco’s next-generation firewall prevents breaches, reduces threats to your network, and gives you full visibility of what’s happening in your network. It’s easy to use with their FirePOWER device manager, which can be set up and managed from anywhere.
Check out this great sub-10-minute demo so you can see exactly what the interface looks like and how easy it is to set up and manage.
Router Option: NETGEAR Orbi Pro SXK80 – Wi-Fi System – 802.11a/B/G/N/Ac/Ax – Des (SXK80-100NAS)
This Wi-Fi system comes with a router and satellite router, which extends the connection up to 4,000 square feet (1.25 basketball courts for size), and it is one of our favorites.
Its unrivaled security features include the ability to create four unique SSIDs, so you’re not consigned to the one you’re set up with. You can have one for employees, one for clients and visitors, and you can even set up client isolation so they can’t read anything from other SSIDs on the same network. This is crucial to avoid malicious attacks!
Check out our full YouTube video on it here.
The Great Resignation, unemployment, and all sorts of tumultuous situations in the world of work today are showing employers that their teams want flexibility and autonomy. Now, IT teams in previous years have always been restricted to the office environment because they need to be there to troubleshoot and solve issues. While there is still some level of that required, investing in technology that can easily be managed and set up remotely is key for employee engagement and business growth.
We stock products from a few brands that offer incredible mobile and desktop applications that allow teams to manage and oversee their networks from afar.
And more! If you have questions about devices that offer seamless cloud-based remote management options, browse the pages above or contact our team!
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