Santa Fe businesses, large and small, employ information technology (IT) — wireless networks connecting servers, workstations, mobile phones, tablets, and other digital devices. It’s the way we work in today’s business environment.
Managing Your Business Information Technology
If you’re large enough, perhaps you handle IT maintenance and operation along with updates internally. If you’re a small business or decide to assign resources to other areas, you might choose to use a business IT consultant, like Crumbacher — a Santa Fe leader in business IT consultant services. Whichever your choice, it helps to understand how IT management works within your business.
How to better manage your business IT
First, know what you’ve got. Conduct an audit of your business IT environment. Knowing all the components and where they’re deployed can point out weaknesses and gaps you may need to address. Along with the audit, establish policies and procedures on how to use these technologies to guide employees for their efficient use.
Protect your data
Hackers are out there — to maliciously disrupt your business or steal intellectual property. You need to implement appropriate security measures, like firewalls, antivirus software, strong passwords, and effective office procedures.
Keep the protection current. Install the latest software updates and replace outdated equipment that once anchored your business but could now be an anchor dragging it down.
There’s yet another threat to your business IT systems — fire, flood, or other natural occurrence. Data lost from these disasters can be even more devastating. You need to have a plan not only to protect your data but also to recover it.
What does a business IT consultant do for small business?
There are two aspects to a business IT consultant — consulting and service.
The consulting aspect involves assessing elements of your computer systems and understanding what your business needs in information technologies. Consultants gather information, do research, and recommend technological developments that contribute to your success.
On the service side of the consulting business, they provide software updates , maintenance and repairs. Nothing is so frustrating as needing a business machine just when it decides to fail.
How a business IT consultant can help you
Here are some ways on how a business IT consultant can help your business:
Identify and address IT needs:
You may not always be aware of technological advances. An IT consultant can assess your current technology and recommend areas for improvement. What are you doing with the business information? What kind of workspace do people have? Is there one or multiple offices and how much time do employees spend traveling or in the field?
Provide technical expertise:
A business IT consultant, like Crumbacher, not only has the in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, but also has skilled personnel to implement those most beneficial to your business. Business IT services is their business, and they draw upon experience from years of assisting other companies, many of whose solutions could well apply to you.
You could have one vendor for your copiers, one for your phones, one for your servers, computers, and networks — and others. When something goes wrong, that could lead to finger-pointing and wasted time in solving the problem.
A single-vendor approach means there’s only one group of people responsible, charged with figuring out the problem and applying the best solution. That results in reduced costs and improved productivity.
Effective IT cyber security depends, in part, in keeping ahead of threats. You may be able to do this on your own, but you only have to miss one threat and it could be costly. Part of a business IT consultant’s service is to know what’s going on, what kinds of threats are in the environment, and how to combat them.
Support — When you need it most.
A business IT consultant is someone you can turn to for ongoing support, the kind you need when you need it most. Crumbacher is Santa Fe’s leading IT consultant for small and medium business and would be pleased to meet with you to discuss your business IT needs. Request your free business IT Analysis today!
Technology has developed to aid in our ability to accomplish just about everything to make our lives easier and more efficient. Whether your needs include IT infrastructure and network security, cloud backup, computer repair, user support, or software implementation, Crumbacher’s managed IT services in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area will ensure that you are up to date with the latest in business technology.
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