How Modern Technology Has Changed the Way Companies Conduct Business | 11/25/2013
Humans have always searched for innovations that will make our lives easier. First we moved from hunter/gatherer societies to agrarian civilizations that allowed us to grow food, domesticate livestock, and stay in one place, creating cooperative settlements that made mankind safer. We later underwent an industrial revolution that centered on the use of machinery meant to take on our menial tasks. These days technology has advanced to the degree that we can communicate to massive audiences across the globe with nothing more than the tap of a button. Truly, it is an exciting time to be alive and witness to the rapid changes of advancing computer technology. And online and mobile technologies have not only changed the way we live our lives, but they have completely overhauled the ways in which companies conduct business. Here are just a few of the high points in this revolution.
Clearly, the biggest change for most businesses on the technology front revolves around increased opportunities for communications. Email, text, video conferencing, and other options have not only allowed for faster and more productive communications with clients, consumers, vendors, partners, and so on. But worldwide communications have allowed businesses to better manage their overseas interests, as well, possibly even paving the way for expansion on a global scale as more people in more countries become connected to their neighbors around the world. Of course, it's not all wine and roses; just consider the number of times you have mistaken the intent of an email or text message due to the fact that tone is not easy to convey via written word or the fact that there are so many abbreviations that you can barely make out the meaning. This can be a problem for companies that fail to properly train employees when it comes to sending professional communications via modern technology.
Another major benefit for many business interests is the easy access to information made possible by the online medium, not to mention the ability to store and transfer data. Whether you elect to pay for on-site storage with in-house server banks, you outsource to data centers that manage storage devices for you, or you've started to rely on the cloud for your storage and data transfer solutions, you'll find that there are plenty of options when it comes to figuring out how to meet your company's data needs through the use of modern technology. And there are many benefits to be gained. Digital data storage and transfer takes up less space (no more warehouses full of documents) and saves you tons of time (no more waiting for files to arrive via snail mail). Unfortunately, there is one major concern for many businesses: security.
There's just no denying that security of stored data and even privileged communications is an important issue for most business interests. Although modern technology makes business operations a lot easier, the fact that the digital world is wide open can give companies pause when it comes to collecting, storing, and transmitting sensitive data. The threat of hackers, identity thieves, and other virtual criminals cannot be ignored. But with options for encryption, firewalls, password protection, compartmentalization, and other types of security at your disposal, you should be able to find a solution that offers you peace of mind where your online operations are concerned.
Computer Network Tips by The Experts | 04/29/2013
On one hand, it isn’t critical that you know everything your network consultants know, to the degree they know it, but it doesn’t hurt to understand what is out there before you dive into the relationship.
There is a distinct possibility that some of the technologies we’ll describe in this article will interest you just on their own. There is a lot happening of course. Generally speaking, all the things we’ll discuss will be cheaper and more prevalent with the passage of time. Also, they’ll all be one step closer to being obsolete.
The trick from your perspective is to hit that sweet spot for maximum use time with affordability to best maximize value for your business.
With all that pomp and theory out of the way, let’s get a little more in depth about some of my favorite “sweet spot” computer technologies to be looking out for.
- Event monitoring of your network operations via Windows Alerts. A cool feature to allow your IT Specialist Team to troubleshoot issues before they become serious drags on your system, costing you money.
- Lightning fast system updates and software installations. The technology is there where upgrades and updates to your network shouldn’t create hours of paid coffee breaks for your employees.
- Real time remote help desk.This one isn’t new, but it is a must have. On-site visits by IT Specialists for something that can be done remotely is a total waste.
- Better network security both internally and externally. Today’s systems allow the IT Specialist to achieve full monitoring remotely to make sure only authorized individuals within your organization and outside of it, get the access you want them to have.
- State of the art earliest possible warning, detection and elimination of spyware, malware, and all virus types. This stuff never needs to happen at the business level again.
- Automated back-up of all data in real time. This is the ultimate fail-safe against breakdown, crash, or whatever the disaster. You can’t ever 100% guarantee there won’t be a system failure, but effective data back-up will mean your only loss is a little bit of time.
- Set up of the support framework that brings minimal inconvenience in lost access for the important people in your business. These days, IT support set-up happens in minutes not hours or days. Expect that level of efficiency in the process.
- One other service that is becoming increasingly popular with the outsourcing and remote offices taking hold in businesses of all sizes, is effective remote access systems. There is simply no reason to be concerned about security issues or access issues for any member of your team whom you desire to access your system from locations outside of the central hub office. The capability is there and you can realize massive savings from not having a brick and mortar office.
SysArc provides expert technical services and Information Technology solutions to companies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that are needed to effectively compete in the small and mid-sized commercial marketplace. We deliver enterprise quality technical, computer services and business and technology consulting. SysArc’s offerings and solutions help our clients ensure the continual alignment of their investments in technology to their strategic as well as and tactical business objectives, reduce their overall technology expenditures, enhance the stability of their technical environment and improve staff efficiency and business effectiveness. For more information call (800) 699-0925 or visit http://www.sysarc.com
Why Your DC, Maryland or Virginia Business Needs a Managed IT Services Provider | 04/29/2013
Managed IT Services are offered by a wide variety of service providers to manage a variety of aspects of your Information Technology. A truly comprehensive service offering will allow you to focus on more important and pressing business matters without having to worry about the technology aspects of running a successful company. As such, many organizations have discovered that hiring a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is the most effective and least expensive option to meet their often varied IT needs and requirements. Most companies will experience faster response times, better performing networks and fewer critical issues within their technical infrastructure. These are just a few of the benefits of using a leading company to support your DC, Maryland or Virginia business.
If you select a leading Managed Service Provider, they will also have optimized process and be able to leverage economies of scale to further reduce your current IT support expenditures. In addition, most will be able to provide you with predictable IT results for a predictable monthly fee, thereby allowing you to more easily determine your IT budgets and expenditures. For most small businesses, being able to accurately determine and predict your IT costs as a percentage of revenue can provide a tremendous benefit versus procuring your IT services on an ad-hoc or as needed basis. This predictability in your IT support costs can also allow you to more effectively prioritize any project related work that needs to be completed.
By selecting a leading Managed Services company, you can also reduce other costs within your organization. For example, many companies decide to outsource the maintenance, support and updating of their technical environment to a company like SysArc simply because of the huge cost saving realized from not having to hire an IT person or build an entire IT department. In addition to their salary, obviously other cost factors like hiring and training costs need to be considered. Even if the company was fortunate to find the ideal IT person, very few are willing or able to afford the very expensive enterprise level tools and applications that some Managed Service Providers deploy to support their clients.
In addition, most MSP’s are able to not only more quickly respond to requests for technical assistance, they are able to support a much more varied and complex infrastructure. Furthermore, they are better suited to scale up or down as the IT needs and demands of your company changes since they have a deeper and broader bench of technical talent and resources. Because they support the needs of organizations comprising varied industries, size, scope and complexity, they are frequently more qualified to determine what will work, and what won’t work, when it comes to supporting your end-users, infrastructure and business.
Having a dependable, reliable and knowledgeable Managed IT Services partner will allow you to be unburdened with all IT and technology related aspects of running your company. Because most offer their services on a fixed monthly fee, the risk and burden and obligation of performance now shifts to the vendor so they now have a financial incentive to make sure that your environment is fully optimized, highly available and that your employees have the level of support they need to more effectively leverage their daily interaction with technology.
Managed Services Leader Wins New Business in Maryland | 04/29/2013
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND – June 02, 2011 – A leading Maryland provider of Managed Services has received a new contract from another Maryland business.
SysArc of Rockville, MD, was selected by a mid-sized Maryland organization to provide managed IT services. The initial value of the contract is estimated to be in excess of $100,000 per year and SysArc will perform the work with part of its existing staff of over 20 IT professionals.
Founded in 2004, SysArc is the preferred provider of network IT support services to companies throughout the D.C. metro area. It currently provides a wide variety of support to numerous companies comprising a diverse range of industry verticals and with varying levels of service needs and assistance.
As a complete IT and technical solutions provider, SysArc has extensive technology expertise and a deep customer-service focus that allows it to consistently deliver cost-effective and lasting solutions to businesses on time and within budget.
Their team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals has a proven track record of helping customers realize the true potential of their technology investment and ensure that future investments in technology are aligned with customers’ overall business plans and objectives.