The Christmas period is often one of the most hectic times of the year for many businesses. While Christmas itself is a whirlwind of increased custom and a heavier workloads, the preparations that take place to get ready for the period can be just as important a factor for the business as its actual operation over the winter months. These preparations will commonly include maintaining higher levels of stock, hiring Christmas staff and increasing seasonal promotions, but one of the most vital, and often overlooked areas, is the businesses technology and hardware.