If you own or run a business, your future growth is always on your mind. Technology can be your partner for success if you use it wisely. It can provide the competitive advantage you need to grow your company.
But how do you know which IT solutions to use? There are so many today and they’re always changing. Making the right choices can be overwhelming.
The first thing you should do is consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Managed Services Provider (TSP). They can help you develop an IT Strategy that focuses on your business goals and how to attain them through technology.
The right IT Strategic Plan will be forward-looking and innovative, yet firmly grounded in practical, cost-effective solutions that provide value. An IT Strategic Plan improves your efficiencies, productivity, security, compliance, mobility, and communications— It aligns your technology with your overall business plan, reflecting the rapidly changing technology environment along with your growing business needs.
They’ll ensure that you:
Optimization, Cost Reduction, and Budget Control
Optimization of your IT infrastructure analyzes and resolves inefficiencies in your existing IT assets and consolidates resources and operations to improve your efficiencies and reduce costs. It involves budgeting and cost-control measures for IT service, support, and equipment procurement to achieve your company’s goals while eliminating unnecessary expenses.
IT Security and Compliance
With the ever-increasing threats from cybercriminals, you need a plan that includes:
Virtualization—Servers, Desktop, Storage, Applications, Data Center
Virtualization in technology refers to the creation of virtual servers, desktops, storage devices, applications, and computer network resources. It allows you to virtualize your entire IT infrastructure or just specific aspects of it to simplify technology, promote efficiency and reduce costs.
Effective Use of Cloud Computing for Businesses
Properly hosted cloud solutions provide easy, scalable access to resources, applications, and services. Microsoft Office 365 is a good example. It provides scalability of resources as your business grows and can reduce the need for costly hardware and software. Plus, through secure file-sharing, authorized employees can collaborate more effectively on projects by sharing, accessing and editing files in real time. This capability increases productivity and promotes teamwork.
You and your staff need the ability to work from home or on the road. When implemented securely, a bring-your-own-device to work policy can enhance your business’s productivity and employee satisfaction. Your Plan will consider applications, support, ownership, security, communication issues, and mobile policies to ensure your mobile workforce is always productive, and your IT secure.
Secure Data and Voice Communications
Secure data communications refer to the electronic transmission of information for storage and processing, (via email and web services) while voice communications refer to systems such as mobile devices and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) that enhance your internal and external communications. You need both to succeed in today’s competitive technology-driven environment, and for your future growth.
Business Cloud Services
With the right cloud services, you can manage your business operations from anywhere, on any device and at any time. Cloud solutions provide the flexibility and scalability you need for the future growth of your business. You can expand your company’s capabilities without purchasing expensive hardware or worrying about running and maintaining it on-site. It provides for secure and reliable cloud backups which reduce the chances of losing important data and are mandatory for business continuity. And solutions like Microsoft Office 365 support your future growth. Office 365 is scalable as you can add or subtract the number of employees who will use it.
How does Microsoft Office 365 support your future growth? Because:
Plus, Office 365 comes with 1TB of storage space in Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service, free web hosting along with the tools to use it, and a full 60 minutes of Skype each month for making landline calls.
With IT Strategic Planning from a knowledgeable and experienced Managed Services Provider, and great cloud-based solutions like Microsoft Office 365 your business will have the foundation it needs grow and prosper.