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Posts from December, 2014

Increase Productivity with Cloud Systems

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

IT productivity up with cloud systems in San Jose, Daly City, SF, San Mateo.

Cloud-based applications have the potential to increase productivity for your business. By de-localizing your computing resources, your employees can benefit from ease of access, broader device compatibility, and reliance on local hardware. IT Managed Service Providers are available today to help you determine whether the Cloud is right for you — and support the migration process if so.

Work from anywhere — at the same speed you can in your own office.

Today, Wi-Fi — and increasingly fast Wi-Fi at that — has made connecting to Cloud services easier and more dependable when you’re not in the office. Businesses like law firms and investment advisors can benefit from the ability to access information anywhere. You can also avoid minor disasters like forgetting an important document on your work computer when meeting with a client, or making a mistake on a spreadsheet that requires you to drive to the office over the weekend for correction.

Broaden platform support.

The Mac vs. PC argument may never end, but Cloud can make the disagreement functionally irrelevant. Some Cloud implementations are platform-independent, working across Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers without a problem. Cloud-based programs, instead of relying on a specific operating system in your office, are web browser-dependent. Employees may work more efficiently on one operating system over another because of personal preferences, familiarity, and/or reliance on OS-exclusive features.

Some Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) Cloud systems can allow your employees to use a PC, a Mac, a ChromeBook, an iPad, an iPhone, an Android, and so on — and even switch between them at their convenience.

Reduce reliance on hardware.

Web applications are usually less reliant on local computer hardware, meaning that workers who use older, slower hardware aren’t held back by their aging devices. Your business can hold on to machines for longer and allocate funding to other productivity-boosting expenses. And since you’re not using local storage to save all your information, you may not need to invest in the biggest and most powerful devices and hard drives.

There are a number of benefits to Cloud-based systems which may be worth considering. With the help of an IT Managed Services Provider, your firm can take advantage of local expertise to determine whether the Cloud is able to meet your specific needs.


Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Leading IT MSP in San Francisco area: increase productivity and save money.

It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of IT consulting is to help your business maximize employee time usage and productivity so you never have to stop driving toward your bottom line.

Work Smarter

Whether your company is a law firm, an investment advisory service, or another professional business, Cloud services are one option to consider if you want to improve efficiency. Cloud services can make your business more agile, reduce dependency on in-office hardware and mess, and improve business continuity by allowing for telecommuting and using your systems from anywhere. Your staff won’t need to spend as much time waiting for the computer to finish loading, or be at any specific machine to work. Cloud services can even help with email continuity by pushing messages to multiple devices, and keeping an off-site backup and archives for compliance or other purposes. Your users can even run PC applications in the Cloud and use a Mac or tablet to run them from your office!

The Cloud is not right for everyone, but an MSP will help determine whether Cloud services make sense for your business.

Cut Down Time

If your employees are spending less time managing and dealing with computer and network problems, they can devote more time to things that matter. Any sort of IT disruptive event that hinders productivity leads to a double dose of lost work time and costly maintenance. According to a CA Technologies study, IT outages cost North American and European businesses upwards of $26 billion in revenue.

Small companies lose around $55,000 on average from just 14 hours of downtime.

Outsourcing your IT services to an MSP can free up payroll expenses to hire workers for other important jobs. The MSP help desk is ready to quickly resolve technical problems that come up, as well as answer any questions you have. The IT managed services staff are specialists in the field, and they’ve already invested time to learn the ins and outs of repairing even the most severe problems.

Put Out Fires Before They Start

The best kind of problem is the one that doesn’t happen. IT consulting services guide you through proactive changes to prevent future problems, such as the selection and implementation of IT security software and other technology or practices that make sense for your workplace. If your network can’t handle the stress of the work day, you could be looking at outages and unexpectedly expensive upgrades. Being prepared and protected now is much less time consuming than waiting for something to fail and then having to fix it. Managed services will make sure your network infrastructure can sufficiently handle your growing data needs.

MSPs can help your business get back up from catastrophic IT failures quickly while losing as little data as possible. According to InformationWeek, 56 percent of North American businesses don’t have an adequate disaster recovery plan. An example of a good emergency plan includes installation of backup(s), along with a disaster recovery system that can restore your IT situation like nothing ever happened even after a massive outage — and can do so quickly, in your office or in the Cloud. Avoiding the necessity to redo hundreds or even thousands of hours of work is one way to think of being more efficient.