In a fundamental way, technology helps us to achieve more by using less, and in business, it plays a huge role in achieving scalable and profitable growth. The trouble for many businesses is that despite knowing this, they often do not have the expertise to use technology to its fullest potential. This potential-gap is also a growth-gap; the more time and value a business can create for itself and its customers, the more they will grow and achieve success.
In the first of a two-part series on this topic, we examine seven key ways that IT support providers can help businesses unlock more growth on a day-to-day basis. In the next piece, we’ll also explore how providers can deliver strategic support that looks to the future.
1. Optimizing and Maintaining Your IT Environment
A business IT environment has a lot of elements to it, including networks, devices, infrastructure, and applications which all work together to keep the business online and operational. However, a few problems can get in the way of greater productivity, such as IT downtime and disruption, bottlenecks in network traffic that create slow speeds, or simply unreliable connections.
IT support providers are able to not only maintain and monitor your IT environment to keep it running at its best, but they can also foresee potential issues before they can have an impact, and deploy root-cause solutions to IT problems in your business. They can also use their expertise and tools to optimize the performance of your network’s connectivity and individual devices as well, unlocking time-savings that really add up for businesses.
2. Data Protection and Security
Data breaches can be devastating to the growth of businesses, resulting in both immediate and long-term consequences, including financial, legal and reputational damage. For long-term continuity and growth in today’s digitizing world, building a robust cybersecurity posture is also important. IT support providers are able to deliver a range of cybersecurity measures to do this, including data backup & recovery solutions, firewalls, intelligent intrusion monitoring and prevention systems and more.
3. Efficient Software and Hardware Management
The right tools can make a significant difference in productivity. IT support providers ensure that businesses have access to the latest software and hardware suited to their needs. From installing the right applications to ensuring they are regularly updated using centralized tools, they take the hassle out of managing your technology and keeping it working at its best. They can also recommend hardware upgrades when it is needed or opportune, helping businesses to enhance efficiency and bolster their competitiveness.
4. 24/7 Support and Assistance
Technical issues can happen at any time and can bring operations to a grinding halt in any business. As a result, many IT support providers offer 24/7 assistance. It could be a server issue in the evening, or a software malfunction early in the morning, but in either case, having a contact point with the ability to resolve the issue quickly, can be extremely valuable. In this way, an IT support provider ensures a business can stay operational and on track consistently, without needing to take excess time, stress and energy out to address IT issues.
5. Training and Consultations
IT support providers don’t just support your technology to work at its best, they can also support your people to use it effectively! They can hold training sessions for staff on topics such as cybersecurity best practices, and how to use a new software or platform. They can also offer consultancy services that help your business to align technology with its strategic goals.
6. Making Your IT Environment Scalable
There are many ways that IT support providers help businesses to become more scalable. This can look like configuring your network to be more harmonious and integrated to support your expanding needs, such as a growing team and more data-usage requirements. Additionally, they can help your business to anticipate needed changes and to align its IT environment with your growth plans.
Enhancing scalability can also look like helping your business to automate processes, helping your business to migrate its hosting and collaboration tools onto the cloud, and helping you to create a more flexible, efficient and scalable operation. Without scalability, a business faces more issues with growing seamlessly, such as decreasing network speeds, incompatibilities between the growing number of elements in its IT environment, and time losses that could be prevented.
7. Cost and Time–Efficiency
Hiring an in-house IT team can be expensive, time consuming, and can still lead to gaps in coverage for your needs. By outsourcing IT support, businesses can have access to top-tier tech expertise without the associated setup cost and complexities. This not only saves money but also ensures that you’re getting the best service and value for money.
In conclusion, IT support providers are not just a luxury, but a necessity in today’s business landscape. They lay the foundation for success by ensuring that businesses can operate efficiently and securely. Whether you’re in Youngstown, Boardman, or any other part of Ohio, investing in quality IT support can be the catalyst that propels your business to greater heights. Remember, in the world of business, a strong technological foundation isn’t just an asset; it’s a requirement.
Empowering Ohio’s Businesses with Transformative IT Support Solutions
We help businesses in Youngstown, Mahoning County, and the wider Ohio state to tap into the potential that technology has to offer, all in a way that is tailored to them. Our helpful and fast helpdesk support, IT infrastructure and modern workplace solutions, offer an end-to-end solution for businesses seeking to get the best from their technology. Curious to see what our IT services can do for your business? Get in touch! We’d love to hear about your journey, where you would like to go next, and help you to tackle the challenges that are on the way to your commercial success.