5 Reasons To Outsource!

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1. Reduces Costs Reducing labor and equipment costs

1. Reduces Costs Reducing labor and equipment costs is one of the major reasons why companies outsource IT services.

Employing a company to do the work for you is less expensive than hiring a whole IT staff. The employees’ initial training to get them onboard, plus the regular training to ensure their knowledge is up-to-date, add to the cost as well.

Having a budget for your IT department also lets you know exactly how much your IT will cost each year.

This prevents huge surprise expenses from happening. Outsourcing, in the long run, is not expensive it is just a realizing that running a great IT department will help you run more efficiently as a company.

2. Provides Support 24/7

Running and IT Department requires a tremendous amount of management.

Not only are there hard costs associated with this but also there is a huge time commitment that is needed to train people properly. Usually it takes 6 – 8 months to train an IT tech.

Remember this staff is only 9-5 not 24/7 An outsourced 24/7 team will also allow you to recognize flaws and bugs even with the first off week hiring.

3. Adjusts According to Demand

When the demand suddenly increases, and more calls start coming in, what do you do if you have a permanent staff?

Hiring temporary employees poses a lot of issues. You don’t know when the demand decreases, which will force you to terminate them immediately.

You’re also not sure of the technical skills and personality if you’re in a rush to get someone onboard.

Meanwhile, an IT company can easily scale up or down depending on your needs because of their access to vast resources.

4. Gives Access to Cutting-Edge Technologies and Industry Experts

Security of your data and your customers’ data is paramount. That’s why Facebook is in a lot of heat nowadays — its platform is vulnerable to third-party entities mishandling the users’ data.

Even large companies are susceptible to attacks, with hackers successfully gaining access to JP Morgan’s 76 million households plus 7 million small businesses in 2014.

To keep your data safe and secure, however, you must have the newest technologies and the knowledge of industry experts. You and your staff must be up-to-date with the industry standards, which might be hard to do if you’re a small-time player.

Outsourcing solves this problem. It’s their job to get cutting-edge technologies and train their employees regularly so you don’t have to do it. Getting access to these will also ensure that your systems are working smoothly.

5. Allows You to Focus on Your Business

When you no longer have to worry about the security and integrity of your system, it allows you to focus on business growth.

You can also leverage IT to help you grow. For instance. New cloud technologies will help you expand to satellite offices with eh headache and expense of buying new servers.

You can focus on improving your products and services while the outsourced IT team deals with the technical issues so you and your staff can keep on working without worry.

for any questions feel free to contact me at: dan@myinnerpc.com

What Is Your PII? Protect Your Personal Information Today!

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Whether at work, at home, or on the go, we’re beholden to a lifecycle of data that is often the top target of cybercriminals. Protecting that data isn’t a highly technical process, but rather one that requires common t to privacy in every aspect of our lives! sense and a strong commitment

What is PII?

PII, or personally identifiable information, is sensitive data that could be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual. t to privacy in every aspect our live

What are some examples of PII? PII includes (but is not limited to) home addresses, personal email addresses, national ID numbers, credit card numbers, and personal phone numbers.

What are some examples of non-PII? Info such as business phone numbers and email addresses, race, religion, gender, workplace, and job titles are typically not considered PII.

But they should still be treated as sensitive, linkable info because they could identify an individual when combined with other data.

Why is PII so important?

On a personal level, our PII is necessary to acquire some goods and services, such as medical care and utilities. But in the wrong hands, PII leads to identity theft and other forms of fraud.

On a professional level, we may store PII of customers, clients, vendors, contractors, employees, and partners. If left unprotected, our organization could face steep fines and our reputation could be severely damaged.

How do you protect PII at work?

Protecting PII begins and ends with following our organization’s security policies, which were created to ensure that the data we handle remains private.

Treat all requests for sensitive info with a high degree of scrutiny, stay alert, think before you click, and if you have any questions, please ask! For more info on email filtering click here

How do you protect PII at home?

We encourage you to develop a home security policy similar to what we use here at work, which calls for common sense practices, such as not clicking on random links and attachments, guarding personal info online and in real life, destroying sensitive documents beyond recognition, and setting social media profiles to fully private.

 

Why Operating Systems Die! Are Continuous Updates Really Necessary?

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Microsoft has released many versions of the windows operating system. The question many business owners have is WHY? Why can’t they just make an Operating System (OS) that works and leave it at that?

Of course not, the software needs to be updated for potential threats, it needs to be compatible with other software on the market and, yes, they want you to keep buying the latest and greatest.

The bad new is when an OS reaches EOL (don’t you just love tech talk) then you will no longer receive updates for that version of windows from Microsoft. This means that you will be more susceptible to virus attacks, including ransomware.

I won’t get into ransomware now as that is for a different article, but let’s just say you will never want to get hit with this nasty exploration virus.

What to DO When a Windows 7 OS is EOL

So, when your Windows 7 is not being updated, then you will have to buy a new operating system and then install it. In some cases, you can upgrade the OS, but you will still need to reinstall all of your programs.

 This can be quite a task if you are a heavy computer user. For example, you will have to at least reinstall Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and Google Chrome. Many firms use programs like QuickBooks, or Timeslips.

These programs can very difficult to install as you will have to network the database and map drives and set permissions, the list goes on and on…I’ll stop here. The point is upgrading to a new OS can be very difficult, time consuming, and expensive.

This is a major factor in realizing a cost savings for your business. Just imagine, you will never have to buy another OS or even computer until the computer physically does not turn on.

Music to your ears right. Might I say that all of your IT issues are gone forever, well no I won’t go that far, but you get the point. For a free demo on how the cloud desktops can help your company feel free to email me at dan@myinnerpc.com

 

3 Challenges To Cloud Computing

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There are many challenges to cloud computing and in this video, I will discuss 3 that is very important to address before moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud.

First, CTO’s, CEO’s and business owners need to understand who the cloud vendor is. You may want to ask how long have they been in business, how many clients are on the platform?

What is the wait time or response time if there is an issue? Be sure you have %100 confidence in the cloud provider that you will be doing business. Second, make sure you have a reliable Internet service provider.

If you are using a cloud desktop you need to have an internet connection. In some cases, it might make sense to have a second provider and set up as a failover.

This would be a redundant ISP and worth every penny for a business who need constant uptime. The third challenge is the connection broker, or how you log into the cloud desktop. You want to make sure that you have a secure, encrypted connection.

A good connection broker (or in layman’s terms, the way you connect to the hosted desktop) is crucial for cloud computing.