Ways That Your IT Company Can Help Your Business Be Ready for the Future
Small business owners face many more challenges throughout each day than their larger counterparts. They rely upon themselves to handle nearly business tasks because of budgetary and staffing issues. Yet, they should never handle one area of their business on their own: IT support. Not only does do-it-yourself computer and internet support usually result in higher related costs over time, but business owners are often less prepared against future tech-related problems:
Although many officials and business leaders are claiming that we now live in a “post-COVID world,” the reality is that the global COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t ended, and cybercriminals are taking advantage of this fact. They know that increasing SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant and subvariant case counts, supply chain disruptions, the crisis in Eastern Europe, inflation, work-at-home demands and higher-than-normal employee resignations are distracting business owners enough for them to slip past defenses and cause mayhem via data thefts and ransoms, private information batch releases, identity theft and technology manipulation. Research shows that cybercriminals will only grow more bold and attack more often in the future.
For these and many other reasons, IT support is critical. An experienced IT support team does all of the hard work for a business. They stay up to date on the latest software, hardware and security and maintain and update systems daily, sometimes even hourly, so that a business is always well-protected against attacks.
Beyond cybersecurity support, a professional IT support team provides day-to-day software and hardware support services. Far too often, a business has outdated technologies because the owner or employees don’t think that they need to update the tech since it works “fine” for their purposes. They might also lack appropriate tech training and fail to make updates because the process takes them too long and seems like too much of a hassle.
An IT support team not only stays up to date about the latest software changes for service patches and security fixes, they’re also constantly pursuing knowledge and news within their field. They know the types of technologies that would help a business owner improve production and sales. They recognize that as technologies advance, a business must adapt to new tech trends, especially if those trends are giving their competition an advantage or could help them grow their business more in the marketplace.
They know what needs to be done today to keep a business running optimally and the fastest methods to complete each task so that the business experiences the least number of disruptions. They also recognize the innovations that can help their clients remain relevant and advance and grow using new technologies. They can especially help small business owners find the most affordable solutions and even serve as an intermediary with manufacturers and vendors to acquire new software or hardware, install it and then train employees.
The Internet of Things offers business owners incredible opportunities to achieve even greater success. Interconnectivity gives them more ways to reach their target markets, for example. They can build and use relevant technologies to produce better products and services and increase sales. That said, this interconnectivity isn’t always useful or helpful. Some rapidly appealing interconnected technologies even pose high financial risk, such as cryptocurrencies and virtual products and transactions.
Most cryptocurrencies are incredibly unstable and virtual investments like Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) rely heavily on consumer interest and trends. Yet, an entire virtual world of commerce is gaining increasing influence over the economy, daily business dealings and people’s lives. Many early adopters have allowed themselves to become reliant on the virtual, such as by creating contracts and processing transactions via blockchains, without really understanding the risks. Some business owners have lost their life savings as a result.
A professional IT support team does more than provide support for basic business or office hardware, software and the cloud. They also help guide business owners to make low-risk tech decisions. As businesses become increasingly reliant on virtual systems like blockchains, IT support teams learn as much as possible so that they can provide useful guidance that helps prepare their clients to take advantage of this tech and reduces the high risks associated with it.
Invest in the Future
Now is the time to reach out to professional IT support experts for assistance with preparing for the future. An IT support team is a solid investment that provides business owners with benefits for years. Our team provides a wide range of managed IT, cloud and consulting services. Call today.
RCN Networks has business continuity services that you could subscribe to. You can also complete the Free Security Network Risk Assessment form on the website to learn about the potential vulnerabilities in your system and have experts help you overcome them.