As we celebrate World Health Day, the conversation about healthy habits takes centerstage. But did you know that advice for personal health habits also apply to maintaining a strong IT system?
Here are five things to ensure your IT system stays healthy:
#1 Perform regular check-ups.
Maintaining an IT system is a lot like physical health maintenance—if not monitored regularly, risks arise. Keep tabs on your system’s health by conducting scans for errors and malware on a daily or weekly basis. This not only ensures that your system is in optimal shape and up-to-speed; it also allows you to detect issues in the early stages.
#2 Exercise your IT system.
That’s right. Even your IT system needs to do some stretching. Continuous integration testing—an automated process that test-runs the system routinely to improve compatibility and performance—makes your system stronger by reducing the time it takes to fix bugs. It also ensures faster system performance and the rapid delivery of software features to users.
#3 Boost your immunity.
A crucial element of system health is the vulnerability to malware and other cyber threats. Fortifying your IT system’s immunity isn’t just a matter of protecting your virtual environment; it’s about taking the essential vitamins.
Evolving cyber threats continue to find new ways to infiltrate your system. This evolution fuels the necessity to adopt a highly proactive approach to cybersecurity. This approach involves coming up with a sound strategy, mapping out attack surfaces, and forming a dedicated team of specialists to safeguard your system’s health.
#4 Track your progress.
Always take note of significant performance analytics. It’s the same as keeping records of your BMI or your blood sugar levels. Data visualization and management tracks your system’s vital stats—the lifeline that guides your organization in determining the efficiency of your IT system and the next steps to modernization. It also helps you make important decisions as to how the organization operates as a whole.
#5 Eat brain food.
Constant research and development is the food that fuels the tank. Make it a point to stay well-versed in IT trends so that you can promptly integrate leading-edge practices to maintain a healthy competitive edge. You know what they say—an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Knowledge and creativity are the fruits that nourish innovation and prevent poor IT system health.
As with all habits, diligence is key. Keep these five points in mind and reap the benefits of a strong, healthy and growing IT system.
Keep your system in good health through a consultation with MetroStar.