Today’s workforce is changing the concept of where and when work is done. The global mobile workforce is expected to grow to 1.87 billion in 2020. Maybe you’ve already mobilized some of your workforce or are just about to get your feet wet. Either way, you need to make sure you have the right tools to empower your team and ensure their success.
Money—saving it and making it—drives almost every business decision regardless of your organization size. Cutting back on IT makes room in your budget, but ultimately results in more IT issues and subpar performance.
The challenge is finding the right balance of internal and external support. Full-scale in-house IT support is expensive but fully outsourced support isn’t always a viable solution either. If you already have a dedicated IT professional or team, you may be better suited to a co-managed model that closes your technology gaps without busting your budget or breaching your security needs.
Read on for three main advantages to co-managed IT:
The turn of a new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past and find opportunities for improvement. While many New Year’s resolutions are about bettering ourselves, we often forget that there’s also room for improvement at the office.
While the benefits of cloud seem pretty obvious, many organizations still have their doubts about transitioning to cloud. We’re debunking common cloud myths so you can have a clear idea of the benefits without clouding your judgement.
Security is Compromised in the Cloud
Some argue that local computers, networks and servers are better protected than cloud-based assets. But in reality, this isn’t true. Cloud data centers and networks are targeted because of the large number of records they hold. But cloud service providers can invest far more heavily in security than the average business can.
Cloud Isn’t Environmentally Friendly
The primary goal for many organizations is to keep costs down, and one of the first places they look to cut costs is the technology department. But choosing between a managed services model and break-fix IT model isn’t as straightforward as you may think. There are a few key questions you should ask yourself:
According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, more than 75 percent of small businesses don’t have a disaster plan simply because it’s not a top priority. However, since January 2013, Nationwide has processed more than $417 million in catastrophe claims related to small businesses. Obviously, something needs to change so businesses don’t go unprotected.
It’s not so scary if you know what steps to take. If you want to backup your data and services and be able to recover them quickly, here are a few key things you need to know:
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
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.
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.
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.