IT Support for Small Business – as your business grows, so does your need for an IT services company.
With limited staff, budget, and resources, many small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) often find they are “just getting by” when it comes to information technology management. As their operations grow, SMBs face handling ever-expanding volumes of data — including challenges involving synchronizing and securing client information. Adding more servers to accommodate new data and application requirements means expanding the current small business network infrastructure – an often expensive and time-consuming venture.
Adding to the challenge SMBs face is the rapid pace of technology and software development. To better compete with bigger enterprises, SMBs must equip employees with the latest business tools for increased collaboration, automation, and remote information access from a range of different devices. Yet, it’s difficult for smaller organizations to keep on top of what new tools are available when they are busy creating products, filling orders, handling customer service issues, and other administrative tasks.
If your business has grown to a point where you need expanded IT services without expanding your footprint, it may be time to consider working with a technology provider.
Cloud Computing Adds Capacity Without New Capital Equipment
A technology provider will ask many questions to assess your business infrastructure. The cost, time and storage factors needed to support more IT resources may lead your technology partner to suggest migrating information and applications to the cloud. Cloud migrations are a viable way to gain new data storage capability without substantial investment in equipment. By operating some — or all — business operations in a virtual infrastructure, an SMB can store data off-site, decreasing hardware and IT requirements. Maintenance and upgrades also become the responsibility of the cloud provider.
Using cloud hosted solutions, SMBs also have the flexibility to add new office tools and collaboration solutions previously only affordable for a larger enterprise. For example, Microsoft Exchange Online, a powerful business-class email application, supports data sharing among employees for greater collaboration, while supporting remote access from different devices including laptops, tablets, and even cell phones.
A Cloud Server For Small Business Has Many Benefits, But Cloud Migrations Can Be Scary
Even if you have a small IT department, a migration of business applications and accumulated data to a virtual space can be intimidating. Your technology partner can help you determine if the right solution is moving everything to the cloud or employing a mix of physical and virtual storage. A network assessment of your existing IT infrastructure will determine the recommended hosting solution for your company. Working either with your internal resources, or taking on the lead role, an IT Managed Service Provider will manage the cloud deployment.
Look for a technology partner that has managed the cloud deployment of different cloud-based projects including:
- network infrastructure design changes
- server migrations
- backups strategies for hosted file and application servers
- implementation of cloud applications such as hosted Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint
Often, internal IT staffs are spread thin just taking care of daily issues. IT Managed Service Providers like Nettology have a seasoned Help Desk team to handle frustrating technology problems your employees face.
A Help Desk Team Can Handle These Time-Consuming Issues:
- Email servers going down
- Application lock-outs
- Software issues
- Firewall upgrades
- Patch management
Partnering with an IT Services Provider can take the risk out of moving to a new business platform. They can also manage on-premise and Cloud IT infrastructures related to storage space, servers, network and data backup. Delivering customized solutions that streamline business processes, these third-party consultants can cost-effectively expand your IT resources so your internal staff can focus more on growing your business.
Managed Service Providers like Nettology cater to businesses of all sizes, offering different affordable support packages with monthly or quarterly fees as well as flat-fee project costs that allow efficient and predictable budgeting. Want to know more? Give us a call or send us an email via our contact page to discuss how moving to the cloud service can benefit your business.
Nettology is an IT Managed Services Company – serving greater Philadelphia, King of Prussia, West Chester, Exton, Delaware and South Jersey, as well as businesses located throughout the United States.