“We are what we repeatedly do,” Aristotle proclaimed. We all know that we should brush our teeth twice a day, eat healthy, and get regular exercise. Sadly, not everyone does this.

Just as we should take care of our bodies, in business we should take care of our computer network because quite often it’s what makes everything flow through the business. And as with our personal health, quite often a business’ computer network is not well maintained.

A computer network has many components that make up the complete system. The maintenance required for each component varies as does the recommended frequency. Quite often, businesses will elect to maintain their computer network themselves. And if they are well-disciplined or designate someone within the organization to actually perform the maintenance, then this approach can be successful. However, in our experience, most companies assume the maintenance is being done but do not track it nor can they easily confirm it.

With the rise of various compliance requirements and the increased knowledge in business about computer networks, more and more businesses are being required to not only perform maintenance but also prove it. At IT Radix, we feel this tracking requirement is a good thing. Why? Because it leads to better computer maintenance habits which ultimately reduces your overall total cost of ownership for a computer network.

Have you filled out a business insurance application lately? The insurance companies have realized that proactive maintenance is a process and not an event. Nowadays, their applications include questions about what your business is doing to protect itself from cybercrime, data loss and more.

Here’s where IT Radix’ proactive maintenance plans can really help a business. We have processes in place to check anti-virus status daily, to confirm successful backup completion daily, to monitor event logs for critical conditions real-time, to roll-out and confirm the successful installation of Microsoft patches, to upgrade firewall firmware, and more. Just think—you don’t have to “brush your teeth twice a day” when it comes to your computer network because IT Radix will do it for you.

We understand that not all businesses are ready to outsource this responsibility. If that’s the case, we’ll gladly share our knowledge and advise you as to how you can do more to proactively maintain your computer network yourself.

If you prefer “DIY-computer network maintenance” or are ready to let someone else handle computer network maintenance so you can focus on your business, give us a call today to learn how IT Radix can help you improve your computer health.

First published in our December 2014 IT Radix Resource newsletter