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Posts By: Nisarg Naik

You knew you'd need technological efficiency when you created your company, so you made sure you had an IT staff to keep that aspect of your everyday productivity rolling. But then was then, and this is now, and suddenly it appears that your technology isn't rolling quite so effortlessly anymore.

It’s common knowledge that staying abreast of current business technology presents an ever-moving target.  Business owners and managers have their hands full with running their own business, and often do not have time to dedicate to designing or maintaining an IT infrastructure.  It often seems impossible to follow the trends and implement the most effective IT solutions.  Below are a few examples of the shortcomings of self-managed IT for small businesses.

As a small business in Austin, you might not have the means to have your own in-house IT team. You do, however, have the ability to have a 3 rd party IT team that acts as your own in-house team for a fraction of the cost and headache.

Are you thinking about choosing managed services for the first time? Considering ditching your current break-fix model for something more proactive?  If so, let’s walk through a few options and considerations.  

Within just a few years of its inception, cloud computing has become an integral part of many organization’s IT ecosystem. The cloud has simplified the way businesses access their IT infrastructure and modified the expectations of end users accessing these systems.  For some companies, the cloud has freed-up resources traditionally reserved for buying and maintaining legacy software. It has also revolutionized the way some businesses access information and applications inside the corporate firewall.  However, increasing demand for cloud computing services has driven many companies to look for ways to make the cloud work better for their small business.  

The features of cloud computing are expanding rapidly. Coupled with larger Internet bandwidth availability, cloud computing is a more viable option in a company’s IT strategy. Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) are all prevalent offerings in the “On-Demand” space.  If you are planning to position portions of your IT system in the Cloud, here are some things to know:

Keeping a close eye on your network and server equipment (and responding to all of the alerts, errors, bells, and whistles) can easily distract you from your other critical business management tasks.  A managed network provider can take that load off your task list. 

If your internet connection goes out, your cell phone wireless connection can come to your rescue. Almost all Smartphones have “Wi-Fi tethering” or hotspot access and it can be used to access internet from your laptop or tablet. The process is different for each platform.  The most common cell phone platforms are IOS, Android and Windows. This post helps you to understand the methods of setting up Wi-Fi tethering.

The Cloud, with regard to computing, networking, and data storage, has become a ubiquitous marketing term that means many things.  Essentially, any time you access your data over the Internet you are utilizing ‘The Cloud’.  Today, it’s easy to find cloud service providers that will host your email, data storage, applications, or even your entire computer network.  It’s very important to account for several considerations when deciding if ‘The Cloud’ is right for your business.

Remote access tools allow you to extend your business computer network beyond the confines of your office building.  If you have employees in remote locations, branch offices, or home offices, the ability to drive a computer and access shared files, ERP systems, or other resources in the corporate office can mean a huge boost to productivity.

Almost all businesses have a website nowadays and find it is an important part of their branding and customer outreach strategy.  While the content, images, and layout of your website decides how the website is received, the speed and availability will decide the volume of traffic you get (and keep!). Your hosting provider, for the most part, controls the speed and availability of your website. This is the reason why you must choose a reliable web hosting service provider.