Wednesday 4th January 2017
by John Casey

John Casey

Four IT projects to prioritise in 2017

It’s the new year and you want to update your IT systems. But you have limited budget and you need to prioritise. So which are the IT projects you should look at implementing first? Here’s how businesses like yours are prioritising this year.

1. Infrastructure Security Audit

Do you know where the security gaps are in your IT infrastructure? Businesses need to understand where the  vulnerabilities lie in order to assist in mitigating the entry points for a targeted attack. An Infrastructure Security Audit is an evaluation of the security status of your IT infrastructure by analysing and reporting on how it conforms to a set of established criteria. Read more on Why your business needs regular security audits.

2. Email to cloud

For sheer efficiency, flexibility and accessibility, moving your email to the cloud has got to be number one.  Research shows that email is in fact the most common IT function moved to the cloud (Data backup is the second, and look what we have next!). Moving your email to the cloud offers security and flexibility at a fixed monthly cost. And Microsoft offers 99.9% uptime guarantee. Read more in Why you should migrate to Office 365 Exchange Online.


3. Cloud backup

Cloud backup is the second most common IT function moved to the cloud. This is because it offers simplicity and security together with compliance. Did you know that in the event of a data disaster (or even a simple electricity outage) it is 4 times faster to get your business back up and running with cloud backup? Backup as a Service enables companies to reduce the risk of data loss, lower compliance costs and improve data governance. Read our post on Backup as a Service for more info.


4. Disaster Recovery

This is in our top four because of the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming in May 2018 which requires some businesses to have a director responsible for data recovery, and also because it is vital to get your business functioning again quickly should a disaster occur.  Lost data and business downtime means lost money, lost customers and damage to your reputation. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) helps ensure business continuity by minimising downtime and disruption to customers and employees in the event of an outage. Read more: DRaaS – a reality check.



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