When everything in your business is working as it should be, it’s easy to believe that nothing will ever go wrong. However, seasoned business owners know that Murphy’s Law often comes into play when things are otherwise running smoothly. Nowhere is this more obvious than with your IT environment. If your server goes down, your phone system stops working, or your system
Saving time and money is always a business goal, and nowhere is it more important than in small and midsize companies. When it comes to your bottom line, managed services is one of the best ways to help your business operate more efficiently and economically. Managed services allows a business to outsource IT support for greater functionality and improved productivity. Common services
Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2008 in 2020. If you don’t migrate to a new platform, your data security & industry compliance may be at risk.
Managed antivirus software provides your business with consistent, reliable protection from viruses and malware.
Cloud services like Office 365 can reduce software investment while giving you the professional technology tools to keep your small business profitable. You’ll get a lot more than just hosted Outlook: you’ll get the entire Office suite.
Chances are, you’ve upgraded or replaced your company’s computers a few times since your phone system was the newest bit of technology in your office. Now, your phone communications might be the victim of poor sound quality, long hold times, or dropped calls. And even though your system still allows you to make and receive calls, obsolescence and downtime are just right around the corner.
A business phone maintenance plan of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” may work in the short term, but that old phone system is hurting your business. The moment something breaks, you’ve got a whole new set of issues to address. The best time to replace your old phone system is before it breaks.
While it’s true that technology allows businesses to operate leaner and cleaner, it can complicate the logistics of an office relocation. Here are steps you can take to assure the process happens smoothly and with minimal downtime.
End of Life is a term for the end of support for a hardware or software product and its patches, including security updates and customer service. When Windows XP reached End of Life, it was on 40% of the world’s computers. Today, Windows 7 runs on 70% of business computers. Planning ahead can save you money and headaches.
Whether it is a power outage, loss of internet or phone lines, or something more drastic, if your business shuts down unexpectedly, it is going to cost you money. The goal of DR/BC planning is to know how much it will cost to stay in business and not lose customers. Here are the resources to include when adding up your business continuity cost.
Spectre and Meltdown belong to a category of vulnerabilities called “chip hacks.” These affect the processors of computers, phones, and tablets. Both hacks rely on the manipulation of processor operations in order to retrieve sensitive data. Spectre exploits a design flaw by tricking programs to perform unnecessary actions, potentially exposing confidential data. Meanwhile, Meltdown grabs information from the processor that ordinarily would not be accessible.
Please note that both of these hacks would require an actual malicious attempt by a hacker. Without the manipulation of the processor’s operations, private information, such as passwords, is relatively safe. However, if we’ve learned anything about security flaws, it’s that someone, somewhere, will make an attempt before a patch can be applied. The potential for your passwords to be exposed is real.
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.
The best phone system is the one that suits your needs and doesn’t make you pay for things you don’t need. Instead of learning definitions and technologies, identify the needs you have for your phone network and let your salesperson do the hard part.
As a small business owner, it’s likely you are using some type of data protection strategy to guard against data loss. However, data protection is only half the story. The other half is minimizing downtime. No matter how well you’ve protected your business’ data, that protection can be useless if you are unable to access it. Every minute, every hour, every day that you are unable to retrieve your protected and stored data affects your bottom line.
Your business continuity plan should include a data backup solution that allows you to mitigate the effects of data loss and time to recovery. Surprisingly, many businesses use a data backup solution that is inefficient and incomplete.
A full business continuity solution not only addresses the preservation of business data, it also provides a means for fast, full restoration in the event of a data disaster.