You know that manufacturers and developers are always sending out upgrades for your business IT solutions. However, you need to have a strategy ready before you implement them. For this week’s tip, we’ll review how to put this strategy together.

Step 1: Determining What Needs an Upgrade, and Why

First, is the upgrade necessary? When a component of your business network requires an upgrade, it’s generally for at least one of three reasons:

  • • To give your solutions an increased capacity or range.
  • • To improve the security of your business and its resources.
  • • To achieve an increase in productivity, and/or less maintenance.

If your infrastructure would have the capacity for these objectives if it were upgraded, it’s probably a good idea.

Step 2: Planning and Preparing for Your Upgrade

A technology upgrade isn’t something you just click. You need to do your due diligence ahead of time. Make sure that your network can support this upgrade in its current state.

As you’re preparing for the upgrade, consider any potential negatives for your users. Will this upgrade cause a lengthy interruption to your business processes? Make plans to decrease the impact of these circumstances. For instance, it may be wiser to implement lengthy upgrades after hours, when your business is using fewer resources.

Step 3: Protecting Yourself

While ideally your upgrade will run smoothly and not cause any issues, always be prepared for the worst. An upgrade absolutely should always be preceded by a comprehensive backup so that any issues your upgrade causes can be easily mitigated.

Quikteks Tech Support can help you manage your technology and make sure your upgrades are done correctly. Reach out to us at (973) 882-4644, we can help!

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