Seems a bit odd but let me explain! I bought my 2005 Chevy Suburban used back in 2013 but it had 100,000 miles on it. Practically brand new. It was the biggest vehicle I ever owned and I had always wanted one. It had all the bells and whistles that you could want for a young family and it made us feel safe.
We went everywhere with the Truck. The first year we bought it we went to Mount Rushmore. The next year we went to Disney. We took it to North Carolina, Missouri, Washington DC, New York and so much more. I also used it as my work vehicle and for its age and size, it did pretty good on gas being mostly highway.
For the first few years, it was great hardly any issues outside of maintenance. Then about 4 years ago it began to misfire, burn oil and the gas mileage was starting to go down. Also had issues with the heater blower and my driver’s side windows was stuck!
Even still we ignored the “cracks” because it was still a dependable vehicle we can take on trips. Some of the things like the misfires, heater blower, and window were fixable. They just needed some attention.
The repairs bills started going higher but we lived with it. Why? Because we had no loan payment, the cost to repair was cheaper than a down payment and it was still somewhat reliable.
As it started to approach 300,000 miles – it was burning more oil, misfiring more often, and was harder to maintain.
Finally I took a step back and realized there were way more “cracks” then I wanted to admit. I added up all the non-maintenance and non-wear and tear repairs. The total cost of ownership of that vehicle just to keep it operating cost way more than if I had bought a new car.
Your IT Service Provider may be great people to work with and, they may have been with you forever. Things are breaking but they are on top of it. Or when you call them they come. But they may be costing you more money just to keep operating the same way.
If your I.T. Service Provider isn’t doing the following
1. Challenging You to make changes
2. Performing Quarterly Business Reviews. That make sure your business stays in alignment with Best Practices and Standards
3. Isn’t finding ways to use technology to minimize your risks
Then they may be like my 2005 Chevy Suburban. A great comfortable provider that kept you safe at first. But hasn’t kept up. They seemingly don’t cost you a lot of money. But if you take a step back you will see the true cost of technology. Because of that is putting you and your business at Risk.
So, What happened to my Chevy Suburban? Even though I had a lot of fond memories with it. It was time to put it to rest and make a change! It was scary and sad but I am so glad I did it. My kids have grown and we are making new memories with a new vehicle. I have lowered my risk because I am not afraid to go on long trips again. I save a bit of money because the new vehicle is better on gas.
Call Underdog Computer and Network Support Today 570-243-9205. We will help you through the process.