The role of IT in business has evolved over the years to encompass much more than just making sure the internet is up and running and everyone has the hardware they need. It now involves everything from security and cloud-based storage to data backup and more.
Managing all of these aspects can be a lot to ask of your business, particularly if there isn’t a specific IT role or partnership in place. Here’s a breakdown of everything that needs to be considered within your business’s IT needs and how to go about managing all of it.
Security is and always has been of the utmost importance to your business, but how it’s defined has changed over the years. Many businesses today work with a lot of confidential data and information that must be protected – especially if that includes sensitive information from clients.
Cyber threats are becoming more and more prominent, with around 4,000 ransomware attacks taking place every day in 2016. You need a way to keep attackers at bay so your business can function comfortably and confidently without worrying about potential threats. Modern IT provides firewall protection, antivirus software, and more to achieve that protection.
As business has modernized, organizations have by and large made their way to the cloud. Physical hard drives and storage components are becoming a thing of the past, with businesses turning to the virtual and highly accessible method of file storage.
With that wireless shift comes the ability for work to be effectively performed remotely via the cloud from a wide range of devices. The cloud boosts agility and collaboration while also reducing your hardware footprint.
Establishing and managing a cloud platform takes experienced IT support, and there is also a security element at play in order to prevent access to your virtual storage from outside threats.
The sensitive data mentioned previously does need to be protected, but you also need to be prepared for the event of a breach or a loss of data. These unexpected occurrences can wreak havoc on your reputation and have the potential to cost you business, as well. If you have important clients whose sensitive information is in your hands, any breach or loss of that is a major issue.
60 percent of companies that lose their data shut down within six months of the disaster. Backing up your data goes hand in hand with protecting it in the first place and ensures that no matter what happens, your business is prepared to continue functioning successfully.
The person or group in charge of your IT needs to be familiar with your business, your needs, and how you operate. They need to be reachable and available to provide personalized and timely support, whether it’s something small like a printer going offline or something much more urgent.
44 percent of businesses estimate an hour of downtime causes a loss of $10,000 or more. Waiting for support from a chat window or a help desk just won’t cut it.
Getting onsite makes a difference, as the IT professional is able to communicate openly with you to achieve a hands-on perspective of the issue. This allows them to more effectively and efficiently provide a solution so your business can get back to its day-to-day operations.
Conquer all your IT challenges with Corporate Technologies
Corporate Technologies delivers all-encompassing support to ensure every aspect of your business’s IT needs is effectively managed. Corporate Technologies provides:
- Advanced security solutions for you and your clients
- Cloud solutions to help you take your business digital while boosting accessibility and reducing your hardware footprint
- Backups and protection to prepare against the unexpected
- Personalized onsite support to achieve face-to-face resolutions for any IT issue
Contact us today to take total control of your business’s IT needs and to learn more about the added benefits of our Technology Advantage program.