During the budgeting process, it’s not enough to focus solely on workstations, servers, infrastructure, or bandwidth. While these are important pieces of the overall puzzle, there are also other items to consider when creating your IT budget. VoIP phone systems, application delivery models such as CRMs and PSAs, and disaster recovery planning are also significant considerations.
Off-the-shelf software is very general in nature. It performs a limited task or set of tasks for a business, regardless of the type of business using it. It often doesn’t have the capabilities to handle the special needs of a specific business or industry. Fine-tuning a business to eliminate inefficiency is a constant goal. For some businesses, this can mean ditching off-the-shelf software in favor of custom software.
You might expect that folks who work in the tech field are pretty tuned-in to the techy goodness that’s available out there. While yes, we love fuzzy slippers just as much as the next person, there are a few decidedly tech things on our list. We took an office poll and here are some of the most-asked-for tech gifts on our wish lists.
Email can be a chink in the armor of business data security.Unencrypted email can be intercepted en route between two secure points and viewed by anyone.
Before the advent of managed services, businesses without a dedicated IT staff often only addressed IT issues whenever something was broken and needed to be fixed. But as the technological landscape has evolved and issues such as data security and disaster recovery have become more and more important, businesses are recognizing that there is more to IT than just handling issues as they arise.
When a business owner wants to discuss disaster recovery, it’s because they realize that their data is important, and keeping their business operational is important. If that business owner isn’t actively responding to a disaster at that moment, I change the conversation to business continuity. Here is why…
One of the biggest operating expenses for most small to medium businesses comes from tech. Whether you have five employees or 50, keeping up-to-date on hardware and software has the potential to squeeze your budget to the breaking point.
For this reason, many businesses choose to keep working with outdated technology – they reason that if something is working there is no reason to change it. But don’t confuse functionality with productivity.
When it comes to technology and non-profits, I started out like Hamegg on Astro Boy — in a closet full of old donated computers, tearing things apart to see if I could find enough pieces to build the receptionist a full computer. A lot of non-profit organizations are in that state, working with whatever is given to them and probably spending way
Disaster recovery is a hot topic every spring, due to often dangerous and unpredictable weather causing electrical outages or water damage and wreaking havoc on businesses. But disasters don’t just happen in the spring, and they’re not always weather-related. Having a disaster recovery plan for your business systems – phones, data, cabling, workstations – is one of the best investments you can
Non-profit organizations face an uphill battle for funding the most basic facets of their business – everything from office space to supplies to utilities to equipment is carefully scrutinized to determine if the expense involved is necessary. Organizations operating under a 501-3c status want to make sure that every penny is well-used in the effort of furthering their mission. And while some
What would spell disaster for your business? A powerful storm that takes out a large percentage of your equipment? A fire or flood that renders your facility unusable? Or would the larger disaster being wholly unprepared for a disaster and not having a plan for recovery in place? You may never need to use your disaster recovery plan, but that’s no excuse
Most small business owners, when pressed, admit that there are parts of day-to-day administration that they don’t have the expertise to handle themselves. Most do it anyway, because they don’t have the staff to address the issues that arise. Chief among these administrative tasks is IT. Unless you’re a tech company, chances are you don’t have the staff available to keep up
Choosing a business location is perhaps the single most important decision a small business owner or startup will make. Regardless of industry, location is often the factor that determines whether a business succeeds or fails, and not just for the reasons you may think. Even with precise planning and research, looking at demographics, assessing your supply chain, scoping the competition, staying on
We’ve all become so accustomed to using email in our daily personal and working lives that we really don’t give a whole lot of thought to it. It’s the fastest way to communicate with others in the course of the day, and the emails we send and receive – in general – never see the light of day again once they’ve been read. People
So, you’ve made the decision to outsource your IT Support. Now is the time to get to know them, before any emergencies arise. First among your list of priorities is to find a support provider that has experience in your industry and with the systems you use. If your support provider already understands your business, you’re two steps ahead of any problems