If you find yourself frustrated with the speed and reliability of your office Wi-Fi, you aren’t alone. Even though the technology has been around for a decade and a half, it hasn’t always been a perfect solution. Modern wireless solutions have evolved a lot over the last few years, so if you are dealing with slow, unreliable connections, it’s likely time for an upgrade.
In today’s economy, or honestly, any day’s economy, it’s wise to make smart, planned investments. You don’t want to be stuck spending money you don’t have, or forcing yourself to cut corners because an emergency evaporated your funds. That’s why it’s important to establish an IT budget, and align it with your other business goals.
I want you to do something different for a moment: I want you to put yourself in the shoes of a member of your IT team, and walk through their day—just to gain some perspective. With so much riding on your technology, it’s important that you can identify when their requirements are outpacing the time they have to fulfill them.
I’d be willing to bet that, if you were to actively seek out the different IT service providers across Massachusetts, most of them would hit on the same points as they talked themselves up. That’s okay—there are a few things that any decent IT firm should do. We’ll touch on them ourselves. However, there is one key differentiator that sets Datalyst apart.
The paperless office presents a business that adopts such a strategy with a diverse mix of benefits. Most well-known are the tendency to save on costs (paper alone can be an expensive investment) and the relatively small impact that paperless operations leave on the environment. However, there are many more benefits that a paperless office has to offer.
When it comes to what is included under the umbrella of managed services, it is remarkably clear how much more they cover than traditional computer repair tech support. What’s more, these services are critical to your organization’s prolonged success and continuity.
Let’s examine some of the most beneficial services included, and how they play off each other to maximize your received value.
What kinds of communication tools does your business utilize on a daily basis? Chances are that your communication infrastructure can benefit from some of the latest and greatest solutions on the market. Communication is one aspect of your business that you definitely do not want to skimp on, as failing to implement the proper tools can bleed into other aspects of your organization, including operations and, in return, your bottom line.
With all the communication tools that businesses use today, there still is no more important option than the telephone system. Unfortunately for small businesses, the telephone system can be expensive and hard to manage. However, there is a way for you to get a fully featured telephone service with some of the most important tools your business needs, at a fraction of the price you currently pay for your enterprise telephone system.
This might sound familiar for some of you, especially if you are in the construction, engineering, or architecture business, or any other industry that has pretty demanding computing needs.
Some industries require better hardware to handle the demanding software and work that needs to be done. Typical office workstations and infrastructure might work great for typical offices, but when you are working with AutoCAD, handling massive floor plans, accessing and sharing complex documents, and trying to get it all done within budget, the lower-end just isn’t going to cut it.
Quick, off the top of your head, how many network switches are in use at your office? How many wireless access points? How many routers are past their warranty or no longer getting support?
That’s not a question most business owners are asked on a regular basis, and we don’t really expect you to be able to rattle off the answers. You should have all of that information documented though.
As Southern New England businesses continue to adapt to the current challenges, they rely on online tools to continue to maintain contact with their clients. While having online access is a great benefit, it can also lead your team to distraction. Learn how content filtering can keep your team on task.
With more people than ever working from home, their ability to receive the support they need to keep their devices in top working order is crucial. As a result, many businesses have turned to managed IT service providers to maintain their employees’ computers. MSPs like us utilize a tool called remote monitoring and management software (RMM). Let’s discuss what it is and why it is so useful for managing your company’s IT.
Your data is vital for your organization’s continuity. Your data consists of everything from your company documents, accounting records, client contact information, prospects and leads, procedures, and everything else needed for you to keep operations running smoothly. That’s why all businesses need a solid backup solution that is monitored and tested regularly.
If your business is fortunate, your team may be or is able to work remotely. However, even though your team is not in the office, your business still has a responsibility to secure your clients’ data. As your team will always be your weakest link when it comes to data security, you must ask yourself: is your remote team in compliance with Massachusetts' Data Protection Law?
It’s not uncommon where a situation arises and you will find yourself working from home. To make this work, it is important that you keep a few additional issues in mind so that you can make the most of it. We have put together a few simple best practices that you should keep in mind as you operate remotely.
There are many reasons that your team may want (or need) to work from home, and there are many reasons to allow them to do so. A 2019 survey by OwlLabs indicated that 71 percent of remote workers are happy with their job (as compared to 55 percent of on-site workers); remote workers responded that they are 13 percent more likely than onsite workers to stay in their current job for five more years than onsite workers will; and when respondents claimed to be working longer than 40 hours per week, onsite workers were doing so out of necessity, while remote workers did so out of desire and enjoyment.
As much as we hate to admit it, the first thing that many people still think of when they hear the term “tech support” is the experience that comes with an antiquated approach to technology services: the break/fix method. Fortunately for us, we are seeing many businesses make the better decision, and turn to the clearly superior option, managed IT.