Being a business owner requires enough responsibilities and skills without having to be an expert in information technology too. However, in this day and age, every business owner must at least have a basic knowledge of technology and what is needed to run and protect their business. So here are a few important things you need to know to start 2018 on the right foot.
VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is something that almost all businesses will utilize at some point in their lifespan but what exactly is it? Voice Over Internet Protocol is technology that allows you to make phone calls using the internet rather than regular telephone lines.
Now even if you’ve never heard the term VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol before, it is almost a sure thing that you have either used this technology or at least know a VoIP service. The most common VoIP service in use today is probably Skype. Skype, like most VoIP services, allows you to make free voice and video calls to anyone, any where in the world using an app that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Choosing software for your business can be one of the most important decisions you make. It can also be one of the most frustrating if not done with some careful planning. The right software can make running your business more efficient and profitable. The wrong software cause problems and loss of revenue. So how do you choose the right software? Here are some key points to consider.
Setting up a business can be a daunting task. There are so many pieces of the puzzle that need to be put together and deciding what hardware you need to get your business started is just one of them.
In the business world, keeping data safe and available at all times is of the utmost importance. However, there can be controversy over whether it’s better to manage your data on-site or offsite. Although there are pros and cons to both options and it can depend on the industry your business is in, there are distinct benefits to onsite data management.
Technology plays a large part in almost every aspect of business and pleasure in the world today. Those that do not have access to the latest and greatest are seen to be in a state similar to starvation by those that do. While it seems ridiculous when described in that manner, if you take a step back and look at all of the recent human achievements made possible by technological advancements, it may not seem so far fetched. Advancements in tech have allowed for the eradication of diseases and the ability for companies to manufacture clothing in bulk for a fraction of what it used to cost. It has allowed for the automation of tedious tasks and made managing daily activities as simple as a few clicks on your computer or even a swipe on a smartphone.
Computers and software are a major investment, so it is easy for businesses to fall into the trap of trying to squeeze as much life out of their systems as possible before spending money on upgrades. Below are some signs that you’ve stopped saving money and are instead costing your business money – in time, lost data, efficiency, and security.
It’s undeniable that the progression of computers has created unlimited possibilities for all types of businesses. The computer network allows for easy communication, a shared work environment between employees, and protected data storage. With these unlimited possibilities also come unlimited risk. (more…)
Even in a time of tremendous publicity surrounding recent security breaches, many businesses do not take the time to formulate an IT security policy and disseminate it to their employees. Perhaps local business owners think they are too small to be hacked, or maybe overworked IT managers simply can’t find the time.
Whatever the reason, an IT security policy that protects the company from both internal and external threats is necessary for every business. Small and medium businesses are at risk; over half of all small and midsize businesses have been hacked, according to recent research by specialty insurer Hartford Steam Boiler, and nearly three-fourths of those businesses weren’t able to recover all the lost data. (more…)