Do Managed Services Benefit Small Businesses?

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

As in most thing, the answer to the question "do managed services benefit small businesses?"  is "it depends."  As unsatisfying as that response may be because of our seemingly inherent desire to drive things to black and white statements, some benefit and some do not.

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Topics: Utilizing Technology in Business, Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, IT best practices, small business it support, small business IT infrastructure, small business solutions

Short Term Thinking + Small Business Computer Services = Profit Loss

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

Unfortunately, when it comes to small business computer services, many owners, CEOs and presidents fall into the trap of short-term thinking.

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Topics: IT Strategy, small business IT infrastructure

IT Strategy - Improving Efficiency in the New Year

Posted by Shadra Bruce on Wed, Feb 06, 2013 @ 07:57 AM

How do your employees communicate and collaborate? Is the level of functionality in your office working so that everyone's best talents are put to use, especially yours? Although most small business owners are initially successful because (by being clever and intrepid) they can 'do everything', it also means that owners tend to take on all the responsibilities, working tirelessly to increase profits by whatever means necessary. This usually results in long days, as you struggle to pull yourself ahead while your true talents for networking, leadership and sales get pushed aside. Needless to say, this isn't the most efficient way to use your time.

Encourage Individual Strengths

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Topics: IT Strategy, Security, small business it support, IT infrastructure, small business solutions

Small Business IT Support – Solving the Root Cause of an IT Problem

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 05:01 PM

There is a common misconception among small business IT support professionals about solving IT problems. Many believe that they can fix any issue by identifying which hardware or software is out of date and then update it, or if they’re not virtualized, they just go to the cloud. The reality is that these quick fixes only address the symptoms of a problem, not the root cause. To truly solve an IT problem, it’s important to put proactive planning methods into action.

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Topics: IT Strategy, Small Business IT Resources, IT best practices, small business it support

IT Strategy - Fighting your way to the top with a Virtual CIO

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 02:38 PM

In many ways, martial arts can be an appropriate metaphor for running a business. For example, there are probably hundreds of thousands of entry-level martial arts studios available for beginning students. It doesn’t really matter what martial art you decide to study, only that you get started and learn whether the art is right for you. However, as you grow in ability and dedication, you find that your needs sharpen and you need a higher level of expertise to guide you along the right path. You need a master.

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Topics: IT Strategy, Small Business IT Resources, virtual CIO, VCIO

An IT Services Guide Can Help - It Can Get Murky in the Cloud

Posted by Sean Kline on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 @ 07:42 AM

I was talking to a business owner the other day who asked me “If I’m in the cloud, what do I need IT services for?” Inwardly, I groaned, because this is a question I’m hearing more often these days – and it represents a misunderstanding about the ‘magic’ of cloud services. The cloud is powerful, and has the ability to save companies thousands of dollars on things like the upkeep of a data center, but ultimately it’s just another deployment model. A deployment model with its own set of challenges, risks and questions that need answering.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, IT best practices, virtual CIO, cloud services, IT services guide

IT Managed Services - Five Case Studies

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 08:55 AM

IT managed services are not new, but most small business owners still do not really know what they are.  Following are five case studies that describe how technology impacts business results and the role of IT managed services in improving those results.

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Topics: IT Strategy, IT Managed Services

IT Strategy For A Company - How to Transform Cost to Profit Center

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Apr 04, 2011 @ 09:03 AM

When developing IT strategy for a company (if such an activity even occurs), small businesses often do not understand the true impact of technology on their bottom lines.  If this is the case, IT may remain a cost and a potential drag on the business.  Following are some ways to transform IT into a profit center.

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Topics: IT Strategy

Small Business IT in 2011 - Is Your Infrastructure Ready?

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 @ 05:09 PM

Turbotek recently published the 2011 Information Technology Optimization guide.  In it, we laid out some of the key business drivers for small businesses for this year and the IT initiatives that are going to help organizations meet their goals.

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Topics: IT Strategy

Best Practices in Technology for Small Business in Uncertain Times

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 @ 11:25 AM

When I was in the information security business, my customers would say that projects were funded first for compliance, second for the needs of the business and third for what was the right thing to do from an IT perspective.  This led to a lot of over compliance, but it is an interesting lens when thinking about best practices in technology for small business, especially during these times.

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Topics: IT Strategy

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