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    5 Signs You Need Help with Capacity Planning

    September 4, 2015

    By John Miecielica

    If reading this list feels a lot like looking in the mirror, it might be time to reach out for some help with your capacity planning.

    There may come a point when you look around the office and realize things are not running as well as they should be — your staff is working around the clock and all of your resources are being gobbled up in an effort to tackle an endless stream of IT-related issues.

    Your response times are slow, outages are becoming more frequent, your customers are getting fed up, and your revenue streams are suffering accordingly.

    As the problems continue to pile up, tackling everything on your own can be more than just overwhelming  it can be downright impossible. If your company is experiencing all, a few, or even just one of these issues, it’s probably time to call in some help from the experts.

    1. You Experience Frequent Outages

    At one point or another, your systems are undoubtedly going to experience some downtime. But how frequently these outages occur and the speed at which you’re able to react and fix the problem is totally dependent on the maturity of your IT service’s optimization.

    If downtime has become a common occurrence and your team is unable to resolve the issue quickly, your customers probably aren’t going to stick around for very long.

    2. Your Response Times Are Too Long

    Properly designed IT systems should be able to handle peak loads without breaking too much of a sweat. If your servers are struggling to keep up with basic, day-to-day demand, it probably means that your resources aren’t being managed as efficiently as possible.

    3. You’re Not Confident in Your Business

    It’s a sure sign that your business is in trouble if you’re not able to stand proudly behind your product. Confidence is key to success, but it can be difficult when you’re unable to effectively deliver baseline goods and services to your clients.

    4. You’re Spending Too Much Money

    If you put a lot of time and effort into crafting a comprehensive IT budget, and then discover that your resources are disappearing faster than they should be, it’s probably time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. A reactionary approach to problem solving will ultimately prove to be a bigger drain on resources, as it doesn’t address any of the arising issues at their root.

    5. Your Customers Are Complaining

    If you’re experiencing any or all of the aforementioned problems, your clients or customers have probably noticed too. A good sign that your business is in trouble is when you’re not meeting your Service Level Agreements (SLA)  and your customers are letting you hear about it.

    Teamquest Is Here to Help

    If you think you might be headed down the wrong path, it’s important to reach out for help before your customers start walking out the door. TeamQuest's expert guidance and powerful tools can help you improve your capacity planning practices and get your business back on the right path. But the longer you put off dealing with these festering problems, the deeper the hole you’ll have to climb out of. Be proactive and keep signs like these from growing into unmanageable catastrophes.

    Category: capacity-planning