4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Small Business IT

Improve your small business IT setup today.

If you own a small business in this digital age, having reliable IT (information technology) is key. You and your staff most likely rely on computers for most of your daily functions, from billing to shipping to promotion. If your system goes down or becomes overrun by glitches for even a single afternoon, you’re losing money and credibility.

And there are data privacy considerations as well.  You most likely store sensitive information and important documents digitally, so privacy and security have to be well taken care of. At TUCU, we’re intent on helping companies in Toronto thrive with the help of our outstanding small business IT support services. In the following blog post, we explain four simple ways you can improve your small business IT to boost your productivity and profits.

1. Secure Your Small Business Server

Your server is the lifeblood of your small business’s computer network, allowing you and your employees to access, manage, and update important data. An up to date server means better reliability, speed, security – and less downtime and risk.

Using a workstation as a server is not recommended and can really let you down in terms of data backup, lack of redundant drives and security. There are other ways to save money in your business – this is not one of them. Investing in the right tools for the job makes all the difference when it matters.

Older servers like Windows Small Business Server 2008 have reached their end of life and no longer have security updates, so it’s important to upgrade if your server is aging.

Small form factor servers and virtual servers are a better option for smaller offices, medical and dental office servers.

Our advanced, personable technicians can help you choose the best server options for you and assist you with every aspect of your server. We can:

  • Set up a new LAN (local area network) and server in your office
  • Configure cloud computing (using a remote server accessed through the Internet) for your company
  • Transfer key data from one server to another if you’re upgrading or moving offices
  • Take care of all your server security updates to help you avoid both glitches and network breaches

TUCU’s team can perform all your small business server needs so you can go about your business successfully.

2. Get Managed IT Services

Once you have a new or upgraded server, who is going to take care of it?

Some small business IT support services operate on an outdated “break-fix” model, offering repairs for damaged devices, crashed computers, and sluggish software once they stop functioning. Of course some clients demand“break-fix”  service because of the old “if it ain’t broke” adage.  While this may seem to save you money in the short-term in that you only pay for help when you need it, break-fix support can actually cause quite the headache, especially when lots of minor things go ignored for years and amount to a quite big thing.  Usually, this quite big thing ends up being a major, costly error right at the peak of your operating hours.  And with IT threats rising sharply, having a well trained and experienced computer technician overseeing your network security is a sound business decision.

Our managed IT services are a simple solution to give you peace of mind and excellent service. With this plan, you’ll pay a low monthly fee for weekly updates of your server and workstations, regular review of your entire network, rapid response in-person assistance, and unlimited virtual support, to keep your computers in tip-top shape, and your team working smoothly.

3. Train Employees After IT Upgrades

Let’s face it: not many people enjoy opening up a hefty user’s guide or struggling to learn the interface of a new device, but these steps are necessary to properly functioning IT.  But upgrades are necessary.  If you decide to upgrade everyone to Office 365 & SharePoint for easy collaboration in the cloud, but don’t budget for some training to orient everyone on the changes, you will have a team of angry employees.  If your staff doesn’t understand how to use your fancy new scheduling software, it will cost your business unnecessary wasted time.  Budgeting for even just a half day of team training will give your team the confidence they need to buy in and adapt to new tech quickly.  Team TUCU can help you make this process as easy and pain-free as possible.

4. Invest In Better WiFi

Small businesses increasingly operate on a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model and use cloud computing to store data, so having stable WiFi is a must for daily productivity. Having your WiFi drop out during client presentation could put a real damper on a sale. Switching to scalable, reliable WiFi could help you say goodbye to spotty WiFi forever, and allow you to focus on the important tasks at hand.  While there are very advanced and costly WiFi solutions, there are also simple, effective, powerful and affordable WiFi solutions too.  We can help you choose based on your unique needs, and from cabling, to installing to configuring – our team will take care of it all.

For Simple Small Business IT Solutions in Toronto, Call TUCU

Small business IT support doesn’t have to be a hassle if you take a proactive approach to it. The above tips can help you establish and maintain workable systems to ensure your company’s continued success. If you own a small business in Toronto, contact us for a free consultation by calling 416-292-3300 or sending us an email.

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