Over the last 15 years, there have been thousands of IT disasters that we have read or heard about. A few that come to mind are: 2008 the Census Bureau attempts to go paperless by using handhelds. The project failed -paper was used and the cost was in the millions. Also in 2008, American La France builder of firetrucks in the US rushed an ERP implementation of new software and ended up filing bankruptcy. Heartland Payment System was hacked in 2009 compromising hundreds of millions of credit card accounts. 2013 saw Target have their own issues with hackers that exposed data and credit card information that cost them millions as well. Sony had problems with hackers in 2014 that cost them millions and exposed thousands of emails and other information that was not meant for public view. We could go on and on listing hundreds of well-known publicized IT failures and disasters that have occurred since the year 2000 rolled in. (Of course, who can forget the great Y2K debacle that cost private businesses millions of dollars?)
When talking with business owners, we’ve found time and again that many simply don’t pay much attention to their network. For many small businesses, it takes a little blip (or worse, a major catastrophe) before they realize that their network had been neglected for far too long. In the business world, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings true, perhaps most especially on the IT side of things. A haphazard or an uninformed approach to dealing with network issues ensures a few things. Time will be lost; and as a result, money will be lost. Network issues will persist even after the last fire is put out. Instability will inevitably lead to a network disaster at some point.