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Top 4 Ways to Keep Your IT Costs Down

Cutting costs is the primary goal for most business owners. They’ll scour their books looking for areas that offer a little wiggle room and decide what’s important and what’s a luxury. The reality is, due to lack of time or expertise, nearly every business has hidden savings within their IT. Here are four major steps you can take to make better technology decisions that improve your bottom line.

#1 – Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Network

Proactively monitoring a network’s device data lets you identify abnormal activity in real time, giving you the ability to act before small hiccups snowball into large problems. Plus, it reduces downtime and investigation time, saving you time and money when problems do occur.

 

#2 – Look at Downtime Differently

How much downtime is too much?

According to an IHS study, outages cost enterprises $700 billion a year. Though this statistic is alarming, it doesn’t quite hit home for many businesses. But, doing the math for your specific organization and calculating your true cost of downtime is critical to understanding how much you can really afford.

Break Out the Calculators

Determining the cost of downtime is simple. Begin by multiplying your employees’ hourly salary by the number who are unable to work. Then, add the cost of recovery and the cost of managing each unavailable application per hour. Even if you’re a one-person shop, what’s your hourly bill rate? Think about how many hours you can survive without revenue coming in the door.

 

What you end up with is a number much larger than you expected and sweat buds beginning to form on your forehead. The good news is, the cost of preventing downtime is drastically less expensive than experiencing it.

 

Focus on Running Your Business, We’ll Focus on Running Your IT

As technology continues to evolve, so do your technology needs. But many businesses lack the internal resources they need to fully manage IT on their own and—when your resources are lagging behind—your business lags behind your competitors.

Small and medium-sized businesses face unique challenges when it comes to managing and keeping up with the latest technology. Teaming up with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) like us can solve many of them:

 

The Cost of Managing IT  

All businesses are looking for ways to keep costs down and some start by cutting costs on their internal IT team. This only hurts your business more by leading to new IT problems and, with less hands on deck, those problems can quickly snowball into larger ones. Working with a managed service provider gives you 24/7 access to a team of highly skilled professionals without the costs of hiring, retaining and training an entire in-house IT department.

Are you safe and secure in the cloud?

Six Ways Cloud Can Increase Your Risk

Every day, more businesses are looking to the cloud because it delivers cost-effective productivity, collaboration, efficiency and more. But, even as its popularity continues to grow, the Cloud Security Alliance warns that businesses that embrace the cloud without fully understanding the environment and its associated risks are more likely to encounter a myriad of commercial, financial, technical, legal and compliance risks.

 

Here are the top six cloud computing threats you could face:

 

Data Breaches

The vast amount of data stored on cloud servers makes for an attractive target. We’ve all heard about personal financial information breaches but those involving health information, trade secrets and intellectual property can be even more devastating.

 

Compromised Credentials and Broken Authentication

Feel Like You’re Constantly Dodging Downtime?

How much of your day is consumed with worrying about the next IT outage? When your technology isn’t working, your people aren’t productive, sales aren’t closing, customers aren’t being serviced and products aren’t being delivered.

It Costs You More Than Sleepless Nights.

Downtime, or even the occasional hiccup, isn’t just frustrating, it’s expensive. On average, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lose up to $8,000 each month due to downtime. Who wouldn’t lose sleep with that kind of hit to the bottom line?

 

What’s Your Ideal IT Scenario?

What would it be like to offload all of your IT tasks and worries to an expert? Someone you had complete confidence in to keep all of your technology up-to-date, secure, available and running at peak performance. Even make sure you’re prepared in the event of a disaster.

 

Consider Managed Services.

Microsoft Office 365 – A No Brainer for Your Business

Cloud computing is officially a common term. More and more small and medium-sized businesses are looking to cloud because it offers IT cost reduction, flexibility, collaboration, higher productivity and collaboration. With cloud, you have the ability to gain a competitive edge by raking in the benefits of an enterprise-class IT infrastructure and the latest versions of software applications at a low cost.

Streamline Your Business With Office 365

Office 365 is all about communication and collaboration that can happen anywhere at any time. Today, business is not always conducted in an office. Your team is continuously on the go, which means they need to securely access company documents and data to stay productive and on top of business. Office 365 matched with a reliable managed service provider (MSP), simply betters your business.

Something to Consider This World Backup Day: Which Is Right for Your Business, Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity?

World Backup Day comes around every year on March 31. This day prompts us to be aware that our data is not safe. It’s a reminder that at any given moment a disaster can strike – in the form of bad weather, a hacker or even human error – and all your critical business files and information could be instantly gone.

The Strategic Research Institute states that companies that are unable to resume operations within 10 days of a disaster hitting are not likely to survive. In the event of such a data disaster would you?

When it comes to protecting your business, there are two different plans that could be put in place:

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity

Simply put, disaster recovery is working to recover after a disaster. Business continuity is maintaining work during a disaster as if nothing damaging actually happened.

Is It Time to Move on? Get More Responsiveness & Improved Results from Your MSP

Sometimes, there comes a point when it’s simply time to move on. Things are just not like they once were. Your business has matured, and you now have new business needs that must be met.

Change never comes easy. But if switching to another Managed Service Provider (MSP) will benefit your business, then maybe that’s a great option and the new direction you must take.

However, before you take that leap, you need to evaluate where you are and how you want to grow. Consider the following:

7 New Year's Resolutions for Worry-Free IT

2015 has come to a close. You’re now tying up loose ends to launch into a successful 2016. Likely, you’re still reviewing last year to discover business successes you can repeat and areas that need improvement.

Also consider this for a moment: How much time did you spend using technology, struggling with it, and maybe being hampered by IT? Wouldn’t you like to reduce the stress IT woes have on your team’s energy and morale?

Even if you've avoided major IT challenges, you're still probably dealing with everyday hassles like software upgrades, security patches and pesky pop-ups. These big and little issues can wear you down.

And if IT isn't your job, you might want more time to focus on what makes your business function and succeed.

Worry-free IT managed by IT service experts is the solution to these technology challenges. Outsourcing your IT management to a managed services provider (MSP) has been shown to:

Managed IT Services: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Q.  What do you give someone running their own business during the holiday season?

A.  A break.

Sound familiar? You’re running your own business. You’re putting everything into it. You rarely have time off. What you really can use is … a break. But that could mean closing down or leaving all the critical business system challenges to someone else.

All your employees expect to be away over the holiday season, but you still have important systems and key processes to keep running. Who will monitor and maintain them if nobody is onsite? How can you and your staff enjoy that much needed break to recharge your batteries with the peace of mind knowing that everything is under control and secure?

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