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Technology Solutions for the Small Business on the Go

Information Technology services are essential to the success of every organization, large or small. With increasingly competitive business environments, CEOs and small business owners are under great pressure to maintain a highly qualified staff and to make sure their technology is obtaining a better ROI than their competitors’.These goals are not easily achieved, particularly for young or small businesses with less financial resources and time available. Having your own successful information technology department can eat up too much of the company’s budget and time resources, and eventually cause a loss of its competitive edge. These disadvantages of maintaining an in-house IT department are why companies of all sizes have turned to using managed service providers to either assist their existing IT department or become their virtual IT department, handling all of the technology involved in keeping their businesses running at optimal levels.

The benefits of using a managed IT services solution are numerous, but the top 5 benefits of managed services for business include:

Benefit from the expertise of a specialist, without having to spend time and financial resources training your staff to become experts

Decrease your technology risks with Managed IT Services. Your company doesn’t have to worry about losing and trying to replace trained staff members, or about repairing, implementing or replacing complex technology solutions with Managed IT Services

Enjoy access to the most up-to-date, sophisticated technology solutions without having to invest in expensive equipment.

Experience ultimate control over your business technology without having to manage an information technology department. This gives you the time you need to focus on what you do best: your business functions.

Reduce stress and improve efficiency of your staff. When you make good use of Managed IT Services resources, your staff isn’t tied up with IT concerns and they have more time to focus on tasks that are productive for the business.

Not just backup

With the on-set of the always on and available data center, the technology landscape is rapidly changing in order to address the ever-looming threats and challenges faced by today’s IT professionals. Tried and true methodologies are supplanted by new more athletic solutions. With the need for immediate recoverability becoming paramount in todays business, the old standby of tape backup has been transitioned out of the leading role and today is a supporting character used in archival. In order to support this new and insatiable need for instant recoverability, we now look to new companies such as Rubrick to change how we treat our data.

Recently I was able to spend several days engulfed in some intense sessions discussion backup solutions and strategies with the Rubrik team reviewing their Polaris product. Technologies such as Polaris are propelling forward looking organizations to the ‘next level’ of recoverability, security and data awareness. Polaris is different in that it allows us to consume and understand data in a different way. First it pulls in all of the available data, then it adds to that a layer of data governance, allowing information to be secure and available in a vary consumable fashion. Organizations who are able to leverage data in this way are the ones who will be propelled into the future of backup and data governance technology.

If you’re operating a small business on the go, you’re guaranteed to face some issues unique to your situation. Whether it’s getting where you need to be on time, making due with limited resources or technology, or trying to get work done on the road, all entrepreneurs know the feeling of having a lot of their plate. Knowing how to manage your time is an important skill to have. You can use the following technology solutions to keep up with your business’ mobile operations without spending beyond your means.

Create a Mobile Website

Since your business is on the move, people will likely be viewing your website before they have time to get home and access a laptop or desktop. It would be wise to invest in a site that can be viewed from smartphones and tablets, as this will give your clients an opportunity to look at your services regardless of where you, or they, are. Many different managed IT services can help you get the necessary modifications and help to create a better-looking website. Business on the move comes with a host of challenges to overcome, there are plenty of technological solutions to help you maximize your efficiency and keep your business running smoothly. Use the suggested solutions above to keep your small business operational regardless of where you are.

Protect Your Hardware

It’s nearly impossible to do business without access to a computer or the internet these days, so it’s best to minimize your risk of finding yourself without access. Mobile hardware like laptops are essential for operating as a small business on the move, and that means you can’t afford to have your equipment broken during travel. By purchasing hard shipping cases for your and your employees’ laptops, you’ll be able to work from anywhere without concern that you’ll suddenly find yourself without your operating equipment.

Try Mobile Banking

It’s important to keep an eye on your business’ finances while on the road, so try out your bank’s mobile banking app and have all your financial information at your fingertips. Additionally, invest in a mobile credit card reader so you can have customer purchases transferred directly into your business accounts without needing to visit a bank to deposit checks or cash.

Manage via Apps

People are essentially glued to their phones these days, and with that has come a surge of new and helpful apps for small business owners. These applications have the benefit of being completely mobile and can be excellent ways to keep your business operating without printing out paper schedules that would likely be lost during travel anyway. Some of the most popular business management apps can do things like set schedules, create agendas, and send and receive invoices.

While running a small business on the move comes with a host of challenges to overcome, there are plenty of technological solutions to help you maximize your efficiency and keep your business running smoothly. Use the suggested solutions above to keep your small business operational regardless of where you are.

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