Bootstrapping your IT infrastructure for under $5K

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Developing your internal information technology (IT) infrastructure correctly is an essential component for your business.

 set up their IT infrastructure from scratchHaving the right information technology equipment will help you not only deliver solutions effectively to your employees and customers but assist in business growth and productivity.

So how do you prevent getting sucked into buying more than you need and blowing your budget?

The two owners recently left a full-scale firm and had to set up their IT infrastructure from scratch. The brief – they needed the ability to work from home, consult with other firms, and do their own work, their software had to be cloud-based and needed to achieve all this for under $5K.

Developing your internal information technology (IT) infrastructure correctly is an essential component for your business. How TO achieve effective yet efficient IT infrastructure?

When it comes to the software your startup uses, you may require industry-specific software such as design tools or management programs. However, typically most users just require email and word processing.

THE KEY: find multi-purpose technologies in the cloud which will offer multi-platform accessibility.

Software solutions

Microsoft offers the most common software stack (Outlook, Excel, Word, and others) and collaboration tools such as Teams with customisable channels and conferencing options.

These products are subscription-based month-to-month which assist you from large capital expenditure to manageable cost-effective expenses which can be accessed from a multitude of devices.

Other recommended software programs:

  • Office 365: for email and application licensing (Word, Excel, and others) which also offers Email Protection (Office 365 Defender)
  • SharePoint: to manage all document libraries such as work documents including a centralised mailbox, with backup in place
  • Teams: for collaboration and communication
  • OneDrive: for backing up all personal data and synchronising desktop and personal documents
  • Azure-based Active Directory managing logins, risk management, and encryption on laptops (in case a laptop is lost or stolen)
  • NextGen Antivirus scanning


Hardware solutions

Hardware (your laptops, monitors, printer, scanner) is where many people come unstuck by opting to purchase consumer-based goods (hint: a company with the same name as a fruit).

These products are under or overpowered and usually offer no real benefit to the purpose they are being purchased for. By this I mean that the cheapest available is cheap for a reason and if it is expensive – do you really need it? Hardware is a personal choice. Just ensure it has sufficient storage and it is something comfortable that you like to use.
- Michael Palermo, RSM

TOP hardware-purchasing takeaways:

  1. Shop around – don’t be afraid to ask for discounts
  2. Avoid consumer-based equipment (I am looking at you fruit named company)
  3. Find multiple purpose technologies
  4. Steer away from anything fancy
  5. Get a decent printer with scan to email facilities (you would be surprised how often you will use it!)

Utilising these tips, you can set up a small business from scratch for under $5K and saved them valuable time and money.

Need more information about infrastructure as a service (Service IaaS) ? Looking for software and network assistance?

RSM can assist with all your IT infrastructure and IT consulting needs. Please get in touch with your local RSM business operations expert today >>


Michael Palermo
Principal - Perth

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