Business Disaster Recovery Plan: How Can Small Businesses Benefit?

The increasing severity and occurrences of natural disasters should compel business owners and executives to develop disaster recovery strategies. A business disaster recovery plan allows them to restore business functions immediately in the event of a disaster like a cyber attack or natural disasters. Small businesses are extremely vulnerable to the adverse effects of disasters. In fact, data from the …

Managed IT Services: What Is It and How Can It Benefit Small Businesses?

Millions of companies worldwide already use managed IT services to focus their efforts on achieving business goals. You can also benefit from the services of a managed services provider (MSP) to manage your information technology (IT) operations by paying a flat fee or monthly fee. The harsh business environment requires you to concentrate on planning how to gain a competitive …

What Is Managed Services?

What is managed services? It’s a question we hear often, and it’s a valid one. The IT community and MSPs (managed service providers) frequently use the term, but with little to no explanation about what it truly means. We’re here to define managed services and explain the benefits of a managed service plan. The difference really lies between managed services …

FIVE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM CYBERATTACKS

TARGETED CYBERATTACKS ON SMALL BUSINESSES IS ON THE RISE In an article written by CNBC, it’s noted that more than half of all small businesses suffered a cyber breach in last year. Equally frightening is the impact of the attacks. A recent study performed by Hiscox revealed that cyberattacks cost small businesses an average of $200,000 to remediate with 60% of those businesses failing within six months of being victimized. The cost of …

The Exclusive Guide To Business Phone Systems For Cleveland Businesses

When you’re running a business, the last thing you need is to have technology that isn’t reliable. In the age of mobile smartphones, your business phone system may not seem like a priority, but keep in mind that your business phone is where your clients and customers look first when they need you. Are you going to be there? If …

Your IT Budget Should be More than Just the Cost of Managed Services

Managed services are now a must for small business. Small business communication, intellectual property,  data, and the entire business environment they operate in is dependent on stable and reliable technology. Because the cost of downtime is so expensive, you must either be willing to take a tremendous risk and go without appropriate technology, or simply budget for your IT needs. The list of IT needs is expansive and growing. In my years of meeting with …

Technology Debt: What it Means and How it Impacts Your Business

With warnings of a potential economic downturn approaching, many business owners are shifting their focus inward to fortify their position for shaky markets. While small and mid-sized business owners who play the long game of business development are paying off debts and collecting cash for this potential stall, one commonly overlooked expense is technology debt. In a nutshell, technology debt is the product …

How Small Businesses Can be More Secure

Small businesses face increasingly daunting cybersecurity threats. In 2016 alone over 14 million American small businesses were breached by cybercriminals. And with over 30 million small businesses registered in the U.S., that means nearly half of all small businesses will likely become the victim of a cyberattack as this trend continues. These numbers aren’t going down anytime soon. Being prepared …

Your 6-Part Guide to Managed Services

You’ve probably heard buzzwords like “managed IT services” or “managed service providers” — but you may not completely understand what the business benefits of managed services are. So, let’s take a quick look. We know your small business in Cleveland, Ohio needs the support and we want to provide that education so you can understand the benefits of Managed IT …

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Building the right technology plan for your business

IT Strategy Planning Information technology (IT) is an important part of any organization, and with rapidly changing technologies, budgeting challenges, and conflicting priorities, it’s vital for organizations to have an effective plan or roadmap to follow. It not only saves in execution time, but an effective IT strategic plan can result in a significantly higher return on investment. According to …