Hurricane season is upon us, while we’ve been lucky in the Tampa Bay Area these past few years, the threat of a major storm could be weeks away. You may not need to start boarding up your windows or raiding Publix for dry food, water and batteries but you do need to start thinking proactively about how you’re preparing your business for a potential disaster. Many of us remember Hurricane Irma which rocked the South East United States in 2017, potentially disrupting 2,108,378 (yes – 2.1 million) businesses in Florida alone. Of these 145,415 businesses were in located Hillsborough county.
Your business’ servers are extraordinarily expensive machines. Maintaining them isn’t cheap, but if they fail, it can be very bad for business. What does the small business that doesn’t have tens of thousands of dollars to throw into a server do when they need to stretch their IT budget?
What is a Virtual Machine?
Virtual machines (VMs) act as virtual computers or virtual servers, that can be hosted in the cloud taking advantage of scalable on-demand resources at a lower price-point than purchasing a new server or on your existing hardware like high-powered workstations or business servers.
Many businesses have turned to the cloud for their next big technology rollout, but there’s much more that goes into this choice than giving the green light to whoever is implementing it. First, you’ll need to make a choice; do you implement a public cloud, private cloud, or a combination of the two?
The small business owner wears a lot of different hats. The smaller the business, the more hats he/she has to wear. One hat many small business owners wear is that of CIO or CTO. Short for Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer, respectively, these positions typically make technology decisions for the company they work for.
Cloud solutions give businesses the ability to find value in applications that were previously limited by needing to be hosted on-site. If you implement cloud services, your business can take advantage of several benefits that otherwise aren’t possible, including more reliable file storage options.
Digital technology is hot. Start-ups are flourishing, the data scientist has been declared as “the coolest job of the 21st century,” and coding has established street credibility (even a common requisite across departments outside of IT or web development). Consumers are enjoying a multitude of connected devices and applications, enabling them to become more astute, social, and empowered. Businesses are leveraging technologies such as CRM platforms, project management tools, and collaborative communication applications improve customer engagement, innovation, operation processes, and decision-making. As a result, technology platforms and capabilities to support digital transformation are continuously evolving.
In this age of fast digital transformation, brand-new innovations have opened new possibilities and created difficulties, essentially transforming customer experiences, operating models and our work. So it’s no surprise that organizations of all sizes, especially small and medium-sized companies, are turning to technology to fuel growth and remain competitive. Continue reading →
You might think you have all the information you need to make the best decision possible for your business’ computers, but there are a few other odds and ends you should think about. This final part of our computer buying guide will focus on topics that didn’t seem to fit in other parts of our guide.
A world without any technical issues bogging down your organization is rather picturesque, wouldn’t you agree? The issue here is that it’s often not possible for businesses that struggle with payment to make ends meet–particularly in regard to technology maintenance. You can potentially prevent a mound of problems in the future by providing your team with the technology assistance needed to get them through their day-to-day duties.
It’s likely that you’ve heard the different terms for Microsoft’s productivity suite offerings in the Office vein. A productivity solution like this cannot be implemented without considering each of your options, including both Microsoft Office 2019 and Microsoft Office 365. They might sound like the same thing, but they are both very different.