The New Year is a great time to revisit your technology strategy. IT Strategy is getting more and more important every year - whether you are a software company who makes a living with technology or someone running a law firm or other small business - technology should be making you better. Far too often, however, we lose sight of our strategy dealing with the day-to-day bustle of running our business while keeping older systems running. The New Year is a great time to step back and revisit the key components of your IT strategy. Here are five strategic IT investments every company should be making in 2018:
Whether you have a dedicated IT team on staff and need them to be more project focused, or whether you are looking for comprehensive managed IT solutions, it’s important to ask the right questions in order to get the perfect fit for your business. Partnering with an IT solutions provider should be seamless and result in peace of mind. Doing your homework on a company before hiring them is as important as looking up product reviews before purchasing something new for yourself.
In society today, you would be hard-pressed to find a business, big or small, that does not rely on Information Technology as a critical component of their day-to-day operation. Whether it’s a food truck accepting credit card payments on an iPad, or a Fortune 500 company with millions of dollars of IT infrastructure, the bottom line is we all rely on IT to get the job done.
Before defining Managed Services, let's have a little history lesson, shall we? In the dark ages (10 years ago), most IT providers operated like the repair department of your local car dealership - if the car broke down, you brought it to the local mechanic to fix. While the dealership would have loved for you to come in for regular services, most of us would get the oil change and then hope the clicking noise would go away on its own. Herein lies the problem. Waiting for something to break means downtime for your network and, more importantly, downtime for your business. No matter which way you look at IT, downtime doesn't work for anyone.
Today, most businesses have some form of a wireless network in place. Aside from being convenient for employees with mobile devices looking to access the internet, wireless access is imperative for businesses whose employees regularly move throughout the office.
Fall is almost here which means many are thinking about their annual budgeting process. This means IT managers need to consider what purchases, projects, and services will be on next year's punch list. Each project will come with its own set of possible solutions for budgeters to consider; cloud vs. on premise, outsource vs. insource, HP vs. Dell, etc. As you consider your 2017 projects, take a minute and make sure you have your IT basics covered, and stay aware of upcoming end-of-life support changes for common applications.
We are happy to announce that Systems Engineering is an official member of the elite Apple Consultants Network (ACN). As an Apple Consultants Network partner, Systems Engineering (SE) can now deliver Mac Operating System (OS) technology support services, in addition to its existing enterprise IT solutions. SE will be able to meet the needs of Northern New England companies currently juggling mixed operating systems environments, a growing trend for today’s businesses.
The world of hyperconvergence is relatively new, bringing forth a new approach to technology that should not be ignored. As Information Technology (IT) is ever-changing and continuously becoming more streamlined and sophisticated, it's important for businesses to stay "in the know" on the latest and greatest and to understand if it's the right 'next step' to take. To fully meet the needs of the ever-evolving and more tech-savvy clients businesses serve, it's a 'must' to have what IT takes to keep them satisfied. So, what is hyperconvergence and what does IT do?
At a minimum, today's schools and libraries need high speed internet access, telecommunications services, and internal connections technologies to provide critical resources to educators and those receiving or seeking intellectual growth.
The time to think about Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions and policies isn’t after employees start using various personal devices for work.
At our recent Lunch & Learn, Personal Devices and Corporate Data: The impact of BYOD and MDM in the workplace, Elek Miller of Drummond Woodsum stated, “You need to carefully consider your policies & procedures and document them prior to any employee using a device for work. It is one of the most important/first things you should do prior to implementing any MDM solution.”