May 26, 2016 12:21:18 PM

Insider Tips to Save Money on Business internet

Insider Tips to Save Money on Business internet

Really high quality, fast internet service can be extremely expensive for business owners. Getting reliability on cable internet often means purchasing more than one connection and having a failover line. And fiber internet? Forget about it. While the speeds are incredible, the cost is significantly more, since the lines are better maintained and they typically guarantee their speeds. While there may be introductory specials, once those specials expire, things can get pretty costly. Thankfully, you have a trustworthy technology partner to help you negotiate your contracts down and give you an idea of what their other clients are getting. And if not… you at least have this blog. Here are some insider tips on how to save money on business internet:

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Oct 23, 2015 2:45:37 PM

IT Realization #473: When you can no longer afford NOT having IT Managed Services

IT Realization #473: When you can no longer afford NOT having IT Managed Services
I meet with prospects all the time that tell me they can’t afford Managed Services. As an IT consulting, I always wonder, “How much money are they losing by not having Managed Services?” We always attempt to educate our customers and prospective clients on how much money can be saved by investing in the appropriate technologies. Sometimes that education results in a great long term relationship. Other times the business chooses to stay with their existing company, knowing what they’re sacrificing, but waiting until they have the appropriate budget. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, but eventually the day comes when a small business realizes that their solution needs to be a little bit more robust. How can you tell that day is approaching? Here are a few things that might make you come to this conclusion.

When employee productivity is hampered by technology.
Employees enjoy being productive. They need fast internet and responsive servers. They also need access to files on the road and other applications while they’re on the go as well. If your technology isn’t accommodating them or, worse, is slowing them down – you’re not only losing money as a result of their decreased productivity, but probably also losing your best employees. Turnover is expensive. Don’t believe me? A CAP study found that the average cost to replace a mid-range employee position ($30,000-$50,000 salary) is 20% of that salary. Inc.com did a great job of breaking down the true impact of employee turnover in this article  

When you have major outages that impact sales or production.
If you’re a business, you need internet. With the internet becoming increasingly reliable, VoIP has taken over most business phone systems. That means that your phone lines are impacted every time you experience an internet outage.  If you’re in the manufacturing business and are using a hosted line of business application, an outage could seriously impact production, costing you for every moment of downtime. For many of our customers, we create failover lines of internet service so that if one method goes down, another will kick in to keep them online and servicing their customers. In some cases, that can mean the difference between finishing your production numbers within projections and completely stopping production until your single source of internet comes back on. 

When you lose valuable data that wasn’t backed up properly.
Backups are so important. Your data is your livelihood. Don’t believe me? How’s this for a staggering statistic: 7 out of 10 small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. You heard me right, OUT OF BUSINESS. Done. Gone. Everything you’ve worked for all your life just shut down, like it never happened. You need your data and you need to back it up daily. You should not only have redundant backups, but you should make sure that your data is backed up offsite. In Florida that’s particularly important, since Hurricane season is a major factor. Here’s a great article on data recovery and backups to learn more.

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Apr 22, 2015 1:12:00 PM

3 Ways to Conserve Energy with Business Technology

3 Ways to Conserve Energy with Business Technology

As businesses we probably pay less attention to being environmentally friendly than we should. We want to make sure that we create the optimal environment for our users and often that means a comfortable environment that’s not too hot, not too cold and has the technology and lighting that is optimal. With Earth Day behind us it’s important that we continue to explore ways that we can save energy for the environment and for the bottom line of our businesses. Check out these three ways to conserve energy with business technology:

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