Are you depending on lucky St Patrick to keep your business humming?
Back-up one step. What does your business do? Most businesses focus on a single product or service and spend most of their time and effort to become paramount in the industry. Today every business, no matter what they contribute to the economy, has some dependence on a computer. Who in your company is spending their time on the logistics of computer and not on your true money-making business?
In the Twin Cities 2013 top places to work, published by Minnesota Business Magazine, there is a common theme for success; work life balance. Technology is a tool used to make work easier. What would happen if that technology started creating more work? The balance goes off. Is luck all that is standing between you and an IT disaster?
Studying the top 100 business it is not unexpected to see a few managed IT companies on the list. One reason why they are successful might be because they are offering a highly valuable service that every business needs; they take on the challenge of keeping other businesses focused on their core product, not managing their hard and software. You want to focus on your business, not the technology behind it.
Managed IT has a broad definition and you might be surprised what falls under the umbrella. Manufacturing, PR, Law, Distribution, or even a Technology Company could benefit from moving responsibility for some, or all, of your IT to a company purely focused on Information Technology Management.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if Managed IT would help you be prepared rather then lucky;
- Have you ever thought that your current system seems to hinder business more than it helps?
- Is your system truly reliable and secure?
- You know how much money computer downtime costs you.
- Do you have a way to insure your data is always backed up, period.
- Is accurate inventory important to you?
- Would you like to enable your employees to work remotely?
- Have you hesitated expansion or growth because you don’t know if your technology can handle it?
If you are a small to midsize business in Central Minnesota and you want to turn technology into a power tool that can move your business forward instead of a problem that costs you time and money, then we can help! Let your employees to do the jobs they were hired for, not waste their time on computer problems. Managed IT Services from PGP Computers can help you achieve your goals because we will:
- Take your specific business and budgetary needs into account ensuring you never end up paying for IT you don’t really need.
- Keep an eye on your technology with computer support at all times so you don’t incur the high cost of network downtime and lost data due to security failures.
- Stand our ground on every IT Consulting recommendation we make by offering you our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
It takes skill, hard work, smart business sense, and yes; a little luck to win in today’s business world. Be proactive; spend some time now to prevent a problem before you spend a lot of time later fixing one.
By Kate Luthner exclusively for PGP Computers
Sometimes the words the marketing professionals come up with to describe things do a great job of creating a picture but not a wonderful job telling you what a product really is. The image of a cloud in your mind may be an idealized puffy shape in a clear blue sky. The word cloud may bring to mind other things grouped together such as a tag cloud, or in math a large set of data . Regardless of what picture the word ‘cloud’ brings to mind, cloud data storage and computing is a solid and secure product that is helping business go lean and mobile.
The term “cloud computing” most often refers to hosted services. The expensive hardware used to support the client software is housed and maintained by professionals. Client data is ‘hosted’ on these servers and a client access it via a web browser, thin client, and most recently, mobile apps. Cloud data storage has many benefits for both the client and host company. The client saves money by avoiding the acquisition of capital equipment, and, the salary of someone knowledgeable enough to operate and maintain them. Cloud systems allows the client to pay a hosting company for what they need and/or use. The hosting company uses the data usage patterns of many clients to fill servers and balance the peaks and dips in usage. Using (and improving) usage and storage algorithms developed by the pioneers of cloud computing, companies offering hosted cloud services have the ability to maximize the capacity of the servers and create value for their clients. Cloud computing tends to be more secure and reliable because Hosting is the business of the business, not just someone wearing an extra hat while doing their real job. Security and maintenance such as automatic backups and virus updates can be centrally installed and monitored making it more secure then a system that relies on each user to install and keep up security solutions on their personal computer.
Back in the early days of computer networking the same general concept was called mainframe computing; massive central computers housed the data and processing power and ‘dummy’ terminal computers would draw from that central point. Many moved away from the mainframe model when personal computers became more and more powerful. However, businesses still needed a way to share information between employees so various solutions from VPM to data centers dominated the 1990-2000’s. Pre Cloud, these early systems had flaws, the two biggest; expense and capacity – both created as many problems as they solved. Server setup and maintenance is very expensive and business had trouble funding the capital. Servers have finite capacity constraints and business usage is seldom constant. To avoid an embarrassing and costly outage servers must have capacity for spikes, but, that is as efficient as driving a bus every day because once every six months you need room for 30. Business asked for a better solution and technology created The Cloud.
It may not feel contorting thinking of your data up in a cloud, out of your reach, but think of it more in terms of freedom and security. When data is in the cloud, it is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device that can operate the portal. This is far more freedom then data locked on a particular computer in one room of one building. When Amazon and IBM started down the path of data management using what would come to be called Cloud Technology, the business community did not know what to think. Fast forward to 2013 and there are countless multibillion dollar companies using the cloud. Today cloud computing is part of our daily language and lives as it migrates to personal use as well as business.
By Kate Luthner exclusively for PGP Computers
As a locally owned and operated business in the Cambridge metro, we at PGP Computers Technology Solutions have always prided ourselves on our work, and illustrating why we’re one of the area’s top companies for information technology (IT).
Because of the pride we take in our work, we’re happy to today launch our blog. It will be frequently updated with information on IT networking support. We will also use this blog to showcase projects – past and present – the PGP Computers Technology Solutions staff has worked so very hard on.
Not familiar with PGP Computers Technology Solutions? Please visit our home page to learn more about our company and services. We look forward to working with you!