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3 Technology needs for SMB's in 2016

Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

[fa icon="clock-o"] 5 January 2016 [fa icon="user"] Paul Weeden [fa icon="folder-open'] advice, productivity, organisation, security

We want to ease you back into the New Year gently, and have collated three key things you may want to think about for the coming year.

Offices without Walls.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2015 saw a huge rise is the number of available services and companies starting to utilise the cloud. The new digital world order continues to drive migration to the cloud. If you are still sitting on the fence, 2016 maybe the time to review and change.

Aside from the benefits of accessing work and files from anywhere, the cost model moves you away from the traditional model of capital outlay to Operational expenditure making great financial sense.

Whilst Cloud can deliver better cost control, it also delivers enhanced productivity and efficiency for you and your workforce. The cloud can also deliver a greater level of data protection and security for SMB’s. So if disaster strikes you will have access services and be able to continue to work.

Advances in technology and cloud services has stripped away the need for fixed locations and have started to tear down the walls of the traditional office.

“94% of SMB cloud adopters report that they have experienced security benefits since moving to the cloud”*

“50% of cloud users have reduced their IT spend by 25%”*

 

Cloud, Microsoft surface

 

Adapting your Technology.

2015 saw the rise of smarter and wearable tech. The Apple watch through to the Microsoft Surface have all been designed to facilitate better working and living , facilitated by intelligent services and applications.

The new lightweight, but highly advanced technology, stops the backache suffered lugging round that 19 inch laptop, and delivers flexibility and portability like never before. This portability can enhance productivity and your ability to present and work with your clients, all in a creative and fluid way.

Security and Data.

index261No one could look back at 2015 without remembering the number of high profile data breaches and hacks that occurred, Ashley Madison, Vtech, TalkTalk, Sony are but a few. The EU has passed more stringent data regulations and the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) is looking with scrutiny at companies that fail to take adequate precautions. Aside from this we have seen a number of disasters, from the Holborn fire that affected over 3000 businesses, costing an estimated £40 million. to the recent flooding in the North West of England that has caused complete devastation to both homes and businesses.

You need to review and create a cyber security plan as well as ensuring that you invested in adequate protection for all of your systems and devices. With more and more devices accessing company data, it may be advisable to look at Mobile Device Management and security. A little time spent in this area and education of your staff, could prevent a lot of time sorting out problems further down the line.

 

So welcome to 2016! We certainly hope it’s a productive year for you and would be happy to talk through any of the topics discussed above.

For more information about how we can help why not talk to a member of our team who will be happy to assist you, call us on 020 7099 9384.

 

* Source - DC velocity Survey
Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

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