IT Excessive Spending AuditWhether your company is large or small if the computer network in your office is not running completely optimized the end result that many business owners and office managers do not consider is excessive spending due to inefficiency within IT. Believe it or not, the IT Network in your office may be one of the biggest cost centers in your entire office! Because it is silent, it often times goes unnoticed and can quickly become out of control. Below is a common example from one of our recent IT Analysis and Discovery audits we performed for a new client:
Client: ABC Law Firm
During our IT Analysis we discovered that out of the 15 computers at this law firm, 8 of them were more than 3+ years old and running fairly slow. After spending a few minutes with each user we found some surprising results:
We found that these 8 users on average spent the first 15 minutes of their day turning on their computers and then going to make a cup of coffee, socialize (distract) others, or some other activity while they waited for their computers to boot up. In addition, because the computers were fairly slow, there was an estimated 45 minutes per day spent waiting on the machine to complete a task so it would unfreeze. In some cases, users reported their machines had to be restarted 1-2 times per day causing an additional 15 minute delay because the machine became inoperable.
Without considering any other issues that we found during our analysis (and there were many), we discovered that this law firm was excessively spending just over 40 hours per week just due to 8 slower, older computers. With an average support staff salary of $43,000 per year, we discovered that if we spent a little bit of money on new computers every few years to make the staff happier and more efficient, the law firm could actually operate with one less staff member or dramatically increase capacity for case load to the tune of $43,000.00 PER YEAR!
Talking about excessive spending when it comes to IT and the technology within the office may not be the most fun topic, but the impact of your IT is unmistakable, even in small offices like our friends at ABC Law Firm. If the computers and or servers at your office are a few years old and you have no current plan to have an equipment refresh cycle we invite you to give us a call and learn more about our free IT Excessive Spending Audit. It doesn't cost anything to find out how we may be able to help you save big time on lost excessive spending!