Running a small business can feel like a constant struggle to keep up—with orders, with paperwork, and with the speed of technology. Your computers and myriad other electronic devices may become damaged, obsolete, or inadequate for your business needs every few years. (For computers, for example, the average lifespan is between 3 and 7 years before you’ll need to determine whether to continue to repair or replace.) As you consistently replace and upgrade your electronics, what do you do with the old devices?
Topics: computer maintenance
One of the most valuable assets of your business is the data that keeps it running. Many companies, however, have data storage systems that are woefully inadequate, insecure, and insufficiently protected. If all of your client lists and inventory live inside your laptop or on your company’s physical server, you’re at risk of data loss. Theft, natural disaster, or technological malfunctions could cause your data to be corrupted, compromised, or completely destroyed. This could derail your business, costing you significant time, money, and customer goodwill. If you don’t regularly back up your business data, you could lose everything. Backing up to the cloud is an economical, efficient, easy way to back up data effectively and comprehensively on a regular, ongoing basis.
Topics: computer maintenance
It used to be that businesses controlled how their staff used and accessed data in the workforce by simple physical proximity: users came to work and accessed networks on company devices, and that was that. In today's more diverse workforce, people want to be able to work remotely and access their resources at any time without coming into the office.
Many companies allow or encourage workers to use their own devices, which makes it even tougher to regulate access and ensure consistent security for company data and networks. Microsoft’s new Azure cloud computing tools provide solutions to many of these modern issues.
It wasn't long ago that parents taught their kids about the dangers of talking to strangers in public. Nowadays, parents have much more to worry about than their kids' in-person interactions with strangers.
Topics: computer security
If you’re a business owner, I encourage you to ask yourself the same question about your own line of services.Why would any business hire your company to do something they could possibly figure out on their own? How hard can it be? Whether you're a plumber, roofer, lawyer, or hairstylist, there’s probably a YouTube channel that could help people figure out most of the same things, right?
Topics: managed IT services
If you’re still using an office phone system from the 80s, it’s time to upgrade. Newer office phone systems offer benefits like shared resources, lower costs, and advanced features to connect all of your communications systems.
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Topics: business phone
Reliable business communications systems are vital to your company’s operations and growth. Being able to connect with customers is one of your most basic needs! But today’s business phone system options are anything but basic. If you’re still using a premises-based hard line phone system, you probably also have a patchwork of mobile devices to supplement your old technology. You could be getting better service, better performance, and an overall better deal by upgrading your business phone systems.
IT is a high pressure industry, and the people that work in it must calm people when they’re most frustrated. Let’s have some fun with IT and lighten things up a little.
In our modern society of constant internet availability and round-the-clock global workforces, your business needs to be able to rely on its computer technology to keep your network, website, and business operations up and running. In the case of a disaster—a loss or destruction of data or other incident that interrupts your business—you need to be able to quickly get back up on your feet and into the game.
Businesses of all sizes are increasingly turning to managed IT service providers (MSPs) to operate and maintain their entire enterprise of computer and network systems. By outsourcing to an MSP, businesses gain access to IT skills that they otherwise may not have in-house — and it frees up your own IT resources to concentrate on adding strategic value to your organization, rather than spending the majority of their time on maintenance and repair. Managed service providers can improve cost management, reduce business risk, and add business value.