So much time is lost when systems fail. Whether you’re searching for a new technician to fix your IT problems or trying to fix it yourself, much time is lost figuring out what to do first.
Here are a few benefits of keeping a managed IT services team on your side. With their help, you can spend less time panicking and more time working around the problem as the fix takes effect.
Self-Learn Without Self-Sabotage
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be self-sufficient. Building things on your own is great, and learning new things in the process is amazing…but is it efficient?
There’s no shortage of poetic talk and bombastic speech about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, but is there something else you could be doing with your time than learning how build a Linux cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform from scratch?
Being a sysadmin in the old days or taking a few Linux courses now won’t rescue you from the bug fixes and patching needed later, and all of that development time could be spent marketing and producing a product or streamlining other processes.
Instead, work with a managed IT services professional to design the systems you need while getting the documentation you deserve. Documentation and training on a reasonable timeline that delivers a great product is an exercise in productive, consistent, punctual development for everyone involved.
Being left out of development isn’t good for tech leadership, and breathing down the necks of experienced technicians isn’t good for anyone involved. Instead, strike a balance that delivers hands-on demonstrations when appropriate, then references and course suggestions for everything else.
Clean Slates And Major Changes With Ease
Did you try to build everything on your own? Did you have a working, functional service that failed after an update or configuration change?
If nothing is working and you need a fresh start, reinstalling everything is probably your best bet. Unfortunately, knowing all of the proper flags, features, commands, and installation exceptions can be a challenge. Your rebuilt server may not function properly because of one small error, or it may “work” with a lot of failure in the future because of multiple, incorrect default options.
When systems have failed and you need to start over, it’s time to get a professional involved. Many budding technicians and self-starters spend days or even weeks rebuilding the same system only to finish with a barely-functional final product.
The safest way to succeed in any situation is to preserve backups before doing anything. Keep the backups of your working system—even if they’re old and missing vital changes—before creating a new, separate backup of your broken system.
The broken system may need one or two changes to become functional again. Even if the system won’t work without a clean start, some of your custom files and products can be salvaged and imported to the new, fresh start later.
Speak with a managed IT services professional from Usherwood to discuss better ways to service, repair, and refresh your system.