If you have IT teams working on your software applications, and you find yourself struggling to keep up with constant equipment breakdowns, server errors, maintenance issues, and network problems, you could probably benefit from shifting from a reactive to a predictive software maintenance strategy.
Let’s fact it, reactive software maintenance is not cost-effective and it can often lead to significant downtime and that costs money. Of course, it is not the usual strategy for IT professionals and company leadership to develop a reactive maintenance strategy – usually, a reactive strategy is a natural outcome of company growth, and failing to implement predictive maintenance strategies from the beginning.
So, how can you move from a reactive software maintenance strategy to a predictive strategy – and why should you bother doing so? Find out in this article.
How Can I Move from a Reactive to a Predictive Software Maintenance Strategy?
Interested in moving from reactive to predictive software maintenance? Here are some of our top tips and best practices for doing so.
- Start with the most important parts of your infrastructure – It makes the most sense to start shifting your approach starting with the most important parts of your IT infrastructure. Then, begin implementing the shift. Perform a complete diagnosis of the software. Does it need to be updated? Does the data contained in a database need to be cleaned up? Is it properly backed up? Are there major bugs that need to be fixed? Focus on the most important systems, and work on these first – by doing so, you’ll be able to make changes where it matters the most and work on less-important systems once your predictive maintenance strategy is already in place.
- Test, test, and test some more – Just because something isn’t broken doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to break. That’s the crux of all predictive IT maintenance – you need to understand that all of your software systems could fail at any time. Your goal is to minimize the risk of this happening – by testing each piece of software, identifying potential faults, and addressing them as soon as you can.
- Make prevention part of your IT culture – Prevention has to be a focus of your core IT strategy, and that means it has to be part of your culture. You and your IT staff must prioritize prevention – even when that means doing extra work. This hard work pays off when it comes to predictive IT, because systems are less likely to fail catastrophically, and will be more reliable and easy to maintain.
- Consider outsourcing – If you do not have the tools, manpower, and knowledge to ensure that all of your systems can be moved to a predictive software maintenance strategy, you may want to consider hiring outsourced staff and personnel, who can help you make this switch.The initial “push” to move from reactive to predictive maintenance takes a lot of man-hours, but once the process has been concluded, administration becomes much simpler and easier – so it may be worth bringing in a third party to help with predictive software maintenance.
Make the Shift to Predictive IT – and Enjoy Numerous Benefits
The benefits of shifting to predictive IT maintenance includes a more regular schedule, fewer unexpected service outages, less downtime, and a healthier overall IT infrastructure – just to name a few.
So, if you’re stuck reacting to software outages and issues, and can’t seem to implement a predictive software maintenance strategy, take a look at the above tips, and think about how you can use them in your own company today. It is the best way to ensure your applications are up-to-date and do not face the downtime that can happen with many of the pressures that software experiences today.