Small businesses have the reputation of being reluctant to change, especially when it comes to embracing new technology. Many small businesses do the same things, the same way, over a long period of time. In fairness, this what can be attributed to their success in many cases. These businesses live by the old axiom, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”.
When you talk to small business owners, there are other reasons they are hesitant as well. Many think that the cost of implementing new technology would be too high. You also hear that they do not have the personnel or resources to properly learn and apply it.
Today, we are here to tell you that if this sounds like you and your small business, you maybe jeopardizing your business. New IT technology is not too expensive, it is not hard to implement and learn, and most of all, you cannot afford to ignore new technology in today’s cyber world.
New Threats Require New Technology
Malware, ransomware, and more sophisticated phishing schemes are just some of the biggest cyber threats in 2019. If your computers, server, and network are not being monitored and protected by the latest technology, your business is vulnerable. Sure, you probably know about Norton, Symantec and McAfee anti-virus software but how about Kaspersky, or Webroot or Bitdefender? How is your data encrypted? What type of firewall do you have? If you do not have the latest technology to answer these questions, a cyber-attack could bring your business down.
Upgrade Your Way of Working
It is not all gloom and doom though. There are great new technologies that can make your business operate more efficiently and effectively. If you are currently just using Microsoft Office, upgrading to Office 365 is an affordable easy way to enhance your technology. In addition to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you get mobile capabilities, file sharing, cloud storage, and advanced security features among other benefits.
New Technology Designed for Startups and Small Business
There are other Cloud companies too that are specifically designed for small businesses and startups to have access to the types of technology that was previously only available to huge corporations. OneDrive from Microsoft & Dropbox give you the cloud storage and sharing capabilities of huge servers. Slack is a collaboration app that gives you and your team the connectivity of an in-house IRC (internet Relay Chat) network. These are just three examples of many companies that now provided IT solutions that were once inaccessible to smaller companies.
Hire a Virtual CIO to Help
You can find, implement and keep up-to-date on all these types of new technologies without hiring a full-time IT specialist. By working with a seasoned and reliable managed IT services provider (MSP) you can “hire” a Virtual CIO to help manage all your IT needs. A virtual CIO is an independent contractor who will provide all the service of a Chief Information Officer at a fraction of the cost. Your Virtual CIO will provide monthly or quarterly consultations to make sure your business stays on the cutting edge of new technology.
If you are interested in finding a Virtual CIO or learning more about the affordability and ease of any of these new technologies, contact CEO IT Services and Cloud Solutions to find out more. They can service all your needs in Los Angeles, CA or any of the surrounding areas such as, Arcadia, CA, Burbank, CA, Chatsworth, CA, Culver City, CA, Downtown LA, Encino, CA, Glendale, CA, Hollywood, CA, Los Angeles, CA, North Hollywood, CA, Pasadena, CA, San Fernando, CA, Santa Monica, CA Sherman Oaks, CA Tarzana, CA Universal City, CA, Van Nuys, CA, West LA, Woodland Hills, CA and more.