IT does just happen in the background of business anymore. Nowadays, it is a full-force, full-on business driver. Without evolving and constantly improving the way your tech works for you, your business will not grow and remains stagnant. But continuously improving your IT does come without challenges. Here are three of the most prevalent IT issues that small businesses face.
Lack of security is a major hazard relating to the survival of your business. Most small businesses can’t afford to hire a full-time and experienced IT systems administrator, and that’s where the trouble starts. If your systems are unprotected, you risk cybersecurity breaches and data compromise and theft. And when the data is gone, it’s gone. You could end up saying goodbye to your precious enterprise.
But there’s a solution! Why not outsource your IT to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for a fraction of the price of a full-time employee. The MSP will effectively manage and maintain your entire IT infrastructure. The MSP can take your IT security one step further by applying VPN technology, data encryption and IP concealment to make it impossible for even the most cunning cybercrook to crack your systems.
Most small businesses start out with little or no IT experience to speak of. At the very best, they may have a semi-experienced IT specialist who is unable to cope with supply and demand. Let’s say that your business is thriving, and we hope that it is! You need to increase your workforce, increase your online presence and expand to new platforms. All these things need to be achieved as a matter of urgency for the natural development of your business. The problem? Your single IT guy will be unable to manage the workload.
Enter again the MSP who will install additional hardware and software, design and optimize your website and ensure that you can access new platforms and applications safely, securely and effectively. You could also nurture your own IT guy with specialist staff training. This is a good choice in terms of cost and reliability. The question is do you have the time?
Experts claim that the number one factor contributing to the success of a company is effective communication. Communication includes that between employees, and external vendors, clients and partners. It is also essential that you preserve these relationships and improve them. Technology makes this easier than ever before but there are still challenges that you need to be aware of.
In these days of BYOD, your employees need to be online 24/7 and respond rapidly to client emails and messages. BYOD devices also need to fully compliant and secure within your company. Also, you need to have VPN available.
Here again the MSP can avail invaluable IT support. They will inform your staff of the underlying BYOD principles and ensure that they are adhered to. The MSP will also guarantee that the VPN’s protection and privacy benefits are shared amongst all your employees.
The benefits of solid IT are just too good to ignore. And always remember that your IT should constantly evolve. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Your experienced MSP will step in and provide the answers to your IT security, expansion and communication challenges.