Office 365

Business owners… is your company currently utilizing Office 365? If not, it is something worth considering as there are many benefits. Here are just a few:

  1. Easily work remotely from anywhere on any device
  2. Easy and efficient collaboration between team members
  3. Robust security measures that allow you to SECURLEY access files from anywhere
  4. Improves your team’s communication and results
  5. No up-front costs and only one, low, monthly price
  6. FREE TRIAL

If you feel like any of the above features could benefit your company, schedule a quick Zoom call with us and we can discuss your free trial.

Watch over the next week for more information about specific ways Office 365 can benefit your company!

Business Data Security

None of us would fail to be sure our homes are secure.

Yet many business owners and managers don’t stop to think about their business’s data security… which doesn’t make sense.

There are a lot more automated processes trying to get at your business’s data than hoping to steal your television! Here are four simple ways to improve your company’s data security.

Feel free to contact us for a free zoom call to see how easy security can really be!

Free Cyber Crime guide for business owners

A simple guide for business owners to plan and protect your business from Cyber-Crime

Two years ago, two thirds of all businesses reported some type of incident relating to cyber-crime.

Business security is your responsibility as a business owner, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Fact: Your business needs to be as prepared as it can be against the threat of cyber-crime. You are at risk whether you think so or not.

Read our brand new guide now. And you’ll see our recommended 5 step plan to prepare for an attack, and protect your business.

Cyber Crime Guide for Business Owners

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IT Budget Planning

With the world upside down, there has never been a better time to think about your Small Business IT budget.

In this article, we will outline where your budget can provide the best return on investment. Have a read through then contact us for a free IT assessment!

Staff Computers and Laptops

Probably the most significant allocation of the budget should go towards new or upgraded hardware.  This is a combination of replacing systems that have reached the end of life and systems that go faulty.

Most laptops and desktop computers last from 3 to 5 years before a replacement or upgrade is required.  Leaving the replacement period longer will have a negative “unseen” impact on your business in the form of lost productivity.

As time goes on, computer systems will slow down – and if staff have slower systems to work on, they won’t get as much work done.  It won’t be noticeable until a point is reached with a PC system becomes unusable.

Other hardware to budget for is potential servers and network equipment.  Again similar to PC’s 3-5 years is a good time to factor in renewal.

Software Licensing and Subscription

In the old days of IT, there was always a large upfront cost to software for business.  However, cloud solutions such as  Microsoft 365 have embraced the subscription model.

Now instead of paying a large chunk of money for a copy of Microsoft Office, a small subscription fee is charged per user per month.

This has two benefits – the first is that there is no high cost when you take on new staff and the second is that it allows you to be flexible in your approach to software licensing in your business.

Internet Connectivity

A good high speed internet line is critical for any business to work well.  Some companies even factor in built-in redundancy with more than one internet line to their office.  The beauty of a solution like this is that you can combine the lines for increased speed and if a line ever fails, you’ve got the other as a backup.

Business-grade lines usually come at a higher price than a standard home line.  This comes down to service level agreements with the internet provider.  If a fault is found or a line goes down, it’s in contract with the provider that they’ll have an escalation of 4 hours or less to fix the issue.

IT Support & Management

Most important in any IT budget is the support and management of the IT infrastructure.

Who is going to maintain and support the technology in your business?  Sometimes this is provided by an in house IT specialist depending on the business size.  However, most companies with staff headcount from 5-50 in size prefer to outsource their IT support and management to a company just like ours.

The main benefit of an outsources IT service offering is that you are working with experts in the field.  If a problem occurs, it’s fixed quickly and with a predictable cost attached to the service every month.

If you would like to find out more about how to budget your IT and are looking for an outsourced IT support provider, then we might just be the answer.  Give us a call at (905) 231-1303 or through our contact form!