Are you an SME owner? If so, when you think of managed IT support, is it something which you associate with larger companies of say, 50+ employees? If the answer is yes, it might be time for a rethink.
In this blog we look at some of the reasons why managed IT support isn’t just for the big boys:
1 Humble beginnings, big ambitions
One of the beauties of IT support for SMEs is that it is completely scalable and can grow with your business. That means you pay for exactly what you need, and not for what you don’t. If you currently have an IT manager or small team which you don’t believe is offering you a return on investment, it might be time to ditch them and bring in outsourced managed IT support which can deliver real value.
2 Time to focus
When you are a growing business, you need to channel all your energies into reaching your short and longer term business objectives. That means putting your heart and soul into your product or service, and ensuring it is a cut above the competition. What you don’t need are server dramas and email nightmares filling up your day. If you are currently struggling to share IT responsibilities around a team with other duties, managed IT support can take the weight off your shoulders significantly
3 Trust the experts
As an SME, it might be unlikely that you are able to employ an IT professional who is a true expert in their field. But why settle for a good all rounder who can take care of the basics, but struggles when it comes to more complex projects? By bringing in the experts from a managed IT support service, you have the benefit of top level advice ‘on tap’ when you need it. And in many cases, it can cost you less than taking on a full time employee.
So there are some small business IT support benefits to consider – outsourcing might be one of the smartest decisions you make in the early stages of growing your company.
Storing information and carrying out certain types of processing in the cloud is a great way for businesses to save money and eliminate many of the risks associated with computer crashes. However, some businesses are still hesitant to migrate to the cloud because they have legitimate concerns regarding the security of their data and whether their IT departments can handle the demands of cloud computing. If you’re unsure about migrating your data to the cloud, we can help. We believe that cloud migration should be a safe, easy process, so we’ve created a list of three simple tips to make sure that it is.
1. Encrypt your data
The most common concern that businesses have about using the cloud is that their data will be vulnerable to hackers and agents of corporate espionage. Storing data offline means it can’t be accessed externally, so some businesses are reluctant to move from an on-site, offline storage system to an online, cloud-based storage system. However, reputable cloud providers offer top-notch security. What’s more, it’s easy to protect your data from unauthorised viewers: you simply have to encrypt it. It is almost impossible for unauthorised viewers to de-encrypt and interpret properly encrypted data. There’s no need to worry about storing data in the cloud, as long as it’s encrypted and is stored with a reputable cloud provider.
2. Outsource your IT support
Many businesses are concerned that their in-house IT departments aren’t equipped to handle the support and security requirements of cloud computing. What’s more, the cost of providing training may be prohibitive, particularly for SMEs. However, if you share these concerns, there’s no need to worry: it’s easy to outsource your cloud computing support to a competent, external team with relevant expertise.
3. Try a hybrid solution first
If you’re unsure about whether cloud computing is the right solution for you (or you’re worried about security), you don’t have to migrate all your data to the cloud simultaneously. Why not try a hybrid solution first? For example, you could keep newer, more critical data in an offline, on-site storage solution but migrate older, less critical data to the cloud. This will allow you to test the cloud and free up offline storage space without jeopardising your most important data.
We hope these tips help you enter the world of cloud computing safely. In fact, we can actually help you follow them. Here at Nimbus CS, we provide cloud migration and IT support services, meaning that we can provide secure cloud storage that meets your needs and offer the IT and security support services that you need to get the most out of it. We’re happy to take on all your data or just some of it, so if you want to test cloud computing with a hybrid storage solution, we can accommodate you. Get in touch today for more information.
Whatever sector your small or medium sized business operates in, you will have to send out invoices to your customers and keep on top of your company accounts. Sage accountancy software is a great way to do this and is trusted by many businesses as a key part of their overall business IT support. You can even access it via the Cloud now for full flexibility of use if you wish to do so.
But just how can this software benefit your business specifically?
1. Eliminate costly mistakes
If you currently keep track of your company accounts manually, either on paper or via a spreadsheet that needs people to update, then mistakes are an ever present issue. Using a reliable and strong piece of accountancy software like Sage makes this a distant memory. The software will do all the work for you or your staff in terms of calculations once the initial data is entered.
2. Help generate useful reports
Of course, a large part of accountancy is making decisions on any future financial commitments. Sage comes with a very handy reporting function that allows for accurate and relevant reports to be created. The data in the system will be automatically collated by the parameters you set when you create a report to look at. This will give you the correct information to make key business decisions on for the future.
3. It will save your staff time
As we all know, time is money in business. Sage accountancy software will actually cut down the time your staff spend on their current tasks and free them up to complete more work in other areas. This will make your business much more streamlined and efficient, leading to a better service offered to customers. Once the data is entered, Sage does all the work so your staff can get on with other important business tasks.
If you think Sage accountancy software could be a wise choice for your business, give us a call today. We have over 15 years experience in the IT support industry and can install Sage for you. Get in touch with Nimbus CS today to gain better control over your business finances and a greater decision making ability.
At Nimbus CS we are great believers in cloud solutions, if you are moving to cloud on your own, here’s a few security considerations to keep in mind.
Increasingly cloud computing is being utilised as an essential tool by SMEs. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of storing company data. It works by outsourcing data storage to a cloud storage centre. The centre contains off-site servers. From these servers, a company can access and download the company documents. By hiring third-party data storage, providers companies can save on hardware.
For all its economic benefits, the question must be asked just how safe is cloud computing? When storing sensitive and confidential information it is always important for a company to review the potential cyber security risks. By educating themselves on the matter, SMEs are able to enjoy the best parts of the cloud without falling foul of any dangers.
When you transfer confidential data to a third-party, you are also handing over security control of this information. It is important to make the organisation in charge of your storage aware of your own companies policies relating to privacy and security.
Another possible issue is the danger that your provider will experience a loss of internet connection. This can be rectified by contacting your provider about any contingency plans that are in place, as well as having a backup system in preparation for this event.
One of the most important things to discuss with your cloud provider is their vulnerability and assessment controls. You need to know your data is adequately protected. A cloud computing environment will often have a dense amount of data supplied by many different companies. With increased data comes increased risk of cyber security from malware and other attack methods. To protect your data it is useful to consult a professional cyber security firm for advice. When a company wants to change their contract with a cloud company or cease it altogether, it is important they are made aware of how to get their data back.
Cloud computing certainly has far greater benefits that outweigh the potential cyber security risks. It is always best to be diligent when choosing a provider. Evaluating the company and its policies and safeguards will ensure cyber safety.