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.
For many companies, the “nerve center” of their business is the server room. Correctly planning this essential element of infrastructure is critical. Doing it right can benefit your business expenses and the performance of your staff. Doing it wrong can mean unplanned downtime or worse.
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.
View your IT budget as a roadmap and a strategic approach to achieving your business goals. By forecasting your projected revenue and planning for costs and expenses, you will be better prepared for the inevitable ups and downs a year brings.
Successful custom software development is the result of collaboration between a developer and client. It can help your business become more profitable, but you must be well-prepared before beginning the process. Maintaining focus on the outcome as you move through the process will help you to keep on track.
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.
Data security is becoming more important as business data is being collected everywhere. Globally, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, a figure that will likely grow steadily in the years to come. In fact, the data generated just within the last two years amounts to 90% of the data currently in existence. The rapid pace of data generation requires a business to stay on top of their data protection strategy. Threats to data security seem to lurk at every turn. But what are the biggest threats to a company’s data?
If you are curious about what it takes to launch a new business, you won’t want to miss this event. To date, over 210,000 entrepreneurs in 135 countries have participated in a Startup Weekend. These events have been the starting point for many different types of businesses, including some in the Evansville area.
Say the word “disaster” and powerful images come to mind – tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like. But there are more common disasters. A vicious bit of malware that gains entrance into company servers. Even a cup of coffee knocked over onto a keyboard can cause significant problems. And yet, most companies are content to build their business disaster recovery plan for the “someday” of a natural disaster, which is statistically less likely to occur.
Remote workers are often just as productive, if not more so, than their in-office counterparts. That means your focus should be more on security than productivity.
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.
When shopping for a company to host your WordPress website, you might be tempted to just pick the cheapest hosting provider and get started. Many WordPress hosting providers promote the cheap, less-important things like unlimited space and unlimited email boxes to get your attention, while their support, security, and stability are hidden in the fine print.
For an entire year following their July 29, 2015, announcement, Microsoft made Windows 10 available for free. It’s still possible to get the upgrade for free – Microsoft is continuing to offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for those individuals who use assistive technology.
A lot of small business owners have a go-to person for accounting or legal help, but why not improve your business with a virtual CIO to call for IT advice?
Oftentimes, SaaS and Managed Services are presented as an either/or scenario. I can understand that kind of thinking since SaaS is an outsourced solution for software deployment and maintenance. To many business owners, this outsourced software doesn’t need any additional management. But businesses typically use a mix of proprietary software and SaaS, often with custom and legacy systems thrown in for good measure.