At Maine Technology Group, our goal is to help our clients run their companies more efficiently and operate with up-to-date technology that best fits their needs. A common dilemma we see business owners face in 2017 is not knowing when to hire an additional team member to handle their IT, train existing staff to do this, or to outsource the company’s IT needs altogether. When considering costs, manpower, and level of expertise, outsourcing IT services is usually the smartest option. This prevents a company from stretching their staff too thin and relying on someone who is not knowledgeable or experienced enough to manage such important technical processes.
Now that you’ve determined that outsourcing is the best option for your IT needs, the question becomes which services should you outsource? Although this greatly depends on your company’s needs, here are two areas to explore: data security & backup and virtual servers.
Data Security & Backup
The information your company relies on to operate is one of its most valuable assets. Consider the documents you provide your staff explaining common company processes, passwords to your internal computer systems, competitor data, confidential customer address and payment information and much more. You rely on various types of information every day, but do you have a plan if something goes wrong and all of this data is lost? Worse yet, what if your company experiences a hack and you are responsible for the leak of your customer’s important payment or personal information?
Data security and backup are areas that we excel in at MTG. Our systems allow us to securely access your data when needed, troubleshoot issues and resolve them as necessary. You can count on our team to carefully protect the information that is important to your business.
Here are some of the ways we ensure your data is safe:
- We deploy the latest software security updates, ensuring your programs are up-to-date.
- Our firewalls are business-class and secure.
- We secure all wireless networks for your business.
- Ensure all anti-virus, anti-spyware and other applications are in place as needed.
- Perform regular security audits and inform you of what we’re seeing so you’re as informed as you want to be.
We also work with our clients to ensure they understand the importance of implementing policies and procedures for their staff members. For example, we discourage unsafe file-sharing applications, educate you on the dangers of email spammers, and more. Our team is accessible and ready to assist with any data security and backup needs that you may have.
Virtual servers allow companies the flexibility they need, and prevent them from operating on outdated systems. Rather than investing thousands of dollars in new servers, let us manage them for you and scale them to your business’ needs. With our Cloud Server Solutions, you never have to purchase an outdated piece of equipment again and you aren’t stuck with systems that simply don’t serve your company as it grows and changes.
Implementing virtual servers means reduced costs for your business. This is because you’re allowing experts to manage your needs and not spending on systems that are simply unnecessary; virtual servers “run at up to 80 percent utilization versus non-virtualized servers which only run between 5 and 15 percent. With this increase in efficiency you can consolidate the number of servers required." (www.getcloudservices.com) Furthermore, you’re able to do full backups of your virtual server, keeping your data protected. According to InfoWorld, “the ability to quickly and easily move a virtual machine from one server to another is perhaps one of the greatest single benefits of virtualization with far-reaching uses."
Although for some small businesses, it may seem like an unnecessary cost to outsource IT services, it is actually more cost effective. Outsourcing IT allows your company to focus on the tasks that are important to the business, cater your systems to your industry and allow the experts to worry about your company’s complex technical needs. Data security and backup, as well as virtual servers are two areas businesses commonly outsource to IT professionals in 2017. Maine Technology Group will work with your team to identify which areas would be best for your company to outsource.