Outsource Your IT Infrastructure Management

IT infrastructure management challenges are immense. Security, data, application management, all of these and more swim in the minds of technology professionals and executives everywhere. What if your website goes down at a crucial time? What if someone in the IT department leaves the company? More importantly, do you have the right tools and personnel in your IT department to maintain your current business and also grow and scale?

A good business grows over time. Gaining more customers and employees ultimately leads to needing more computing power and expertise. Outsourcing part or all of the management for your IT infrastructure has plenty of advantages that can not only help your business now but help mitigate risks and issues as the business growth continues. Here are several great advantages:

Scalability

Your technology needs to grow – and fast – to keep up with your demanding business needs: more servers, more speed, and more people to manage it all. It’s an invigorating time for any business but there are caveats to consider. First, scaling your IT infrastructure can be costly. Furthermore, you may not have the infrastructure or know-how to meet these needs. Whatever the case may be, outsourcing the management of your IT infrastructure to a trusted provider allows you to manage those peak times and continued overall growth. Providers like Neovera can even help you determine your needs as you grow if you’re unsure of where to go, or where to begin.

Cost-Effective

For small and medium sized businesses every dollar counts, and finding cost-effective IT solutions isn’t always easy. Hiring the proper talent and expertise can be costly, not to mention hardware and software and everything in between. Outsourcing the management of your IT infrastructure, or hosting part of it in the cloud can often cost much less than doing everything in-house.

Security

2016 has seen a number of major data breaches at some of the nation’s largest retailers and businesses, a constant reminder that a high level of security is imperative. This isn’t simple password protection; we’re talking multi-factor authentication, constant monitoring, and more. Organizations like Neovera that specialize in managing IT infrastructure security will have more in-depth knowledge on how to keep your information secure.

Expertise

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of IT is having the talent and expertise to create and maintain a solid environment. IT infrastructure companies are a team of experts, and their job is to manage organizations and businesses just like yours. Experts are hard to find, and if you’re not one yourself you’d be better off letting a knowledgable, practiced team handle one of the most important aspects of your business.

These are just some of the primary benefits of outsourcing the management of your IT infrastructure. Of course, you can find many others including Software as a Service, Hosting, and overall consulting. IT outsourcing is certainly not something to be afraid of and has in fact helped thousands of businesses around the county and the world realize their goals. If you have questions about what outsourcing the management of your IT infrastructure can do for your business be sure to contact Neovera today.

Repurposed from a previous article posted on 12 December 2014

Five Advantages of IT Consulting

Most organizations will face the question of whether or not to consider investing in IT consulting, keep operations in-house, or simply outsource their entire IT environment. The truth is, not all organizations know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to IT and it can greatly slow their growth and progress – and cost them a lot of money. There are many advantages to turning to an IT consultant to help your IT goals align with your overall goals.

Below we’ll discuss five advantages of IT consulting and how each can help your organization succeed.

Time

This may be one of the lesser talked about advantages to IT consulting. While there are only so many hours in a day, week, month, or year, you can use your time more wisely. It takes time to recruit the proper talent to fill your IT department, it takes time to implement good IT practices, and it takes time to manage all the things that come with IT. Hiring a top IT consultant can help you reduce the time it takes from concept to implementation: they’ll be familiar with best practices, security compliance, infrastructure, and how to make sure your IT environment is helping your bottom line.

Cost

One of the main concerns is the cost of maintaining a top IT infrastructure. This can be especially daunting if you’re unsure of what you’re doing or you make some mistakes along the way. While growing pains are often part of doing business, it’s entirely possible to mitigate them and reduce costs in the process. Some organizations have seen a reduction in IT costs of 30% or more! By reducing the cost of IT you can use the increased revenue to invest in IT or other aspects of your business. Not only can you reduce the cost of resources, but you can lessen the risk of major disasters that can cost your company time and money.

Security

Your data and infrastructure’s security is imperative to maintaining a successful business in an ever-evolving digital world. We’re all aware of the threat of data and security breaches including from some of the country’s largest companies. IT experts and consultants will be familiar with all types of businesses, all types of data, and the different ways to secure what’s most important to your business. They’ll be able to perform a security risk assessment on your current infrastructure and find ways to not only improve your security but make sure you’re compliant where you need to be. The threat of a virtual attack isn’t going away, so it’s important to have the proper security you need to avoid an attack that can cost your business big time.

Disaster Recovery

Things happen that aren’t always good for business. When a disaster occurs it’s important to know what to do, how to do it, and who is responsible for certain tasks along the way. Having experts at your side can and will make this process much less stressful. What is most important in the face of a disaster is recovering your data rapidly so you can continue doing business. An expert IT consultant will have multiple recovery options to minimize downtime, and a number of cloud and replication options.

Clean Infrastructure

Though it isn’t easily obtainable, an expert IT consultant will provide a holistic infrastructure assessment allowing you to enhance operational efficiency, increase security, cut costs, and achieve compliance guidelines. In essence, this brings all the other advantages together in one. You’ll be provided with a best-fit solution for your IT needs as a company like Neovera will conduct a thorough assessment and gap analysis of your core infrastructure, including architecture design, implementation and migration services.

Having proper IT consulting is a major make or break point for any organization’s operational efficiency. While every incident is not completely avoidable, having the correct protocol in place will allow your business to continue to operate during the solution process. Neovera’s promise of 24x7x365 bespoke IT consulting allows companies to rest assured that their data is secured and protected.

Top 3 Reasons Why Businesses Turn to Cloud Computing

Cloud computing consists of using a remote network of servers or databases to store, process, and manage data. Traditionally, businesses would keep their data “in-house” using physical servers and databases housed in their own facilities. Essentially, the “cloud” means you no longer have to use this physical space or purchase your own hardware, you can leave that up to someone else who specializes in this area, and worry about the things you do best.

That said, there are many reasons businesses turn to the cloud. Here are three of the top reasons cloud computing has become so popular.

Scalability

Think about this, your business is growing rapidly. You’re signing up new customers everyday at a rate you’ve never seen. You can barely hire staff quickly enough to take sales calls, create marketing materials, or even manage payroll. There is so much on your plate that your IT infrastructure may be the last thing on your mind.

In a technology driven age putting IT last on the priority list could hurt your prospects for the future. Building infrastructure takes time, money, and staff. Or – at least it used to.

The cloud allows you to scale your IT infrastructure quickly and cost-effectively with minimal staff. This is possible because cloud computing companies are the ones who hire staff to manage datacenters and hardware among other things, allowing you to focus on growing your business without the IT headaches.

Reliability

The IT talent market is extremely thin. There are more IT related jobs open than there are people to fill them. This has caused a high demand for big time talent, making it much more difficult to obtain the right talent – especially if you’re a small business or a startup.

One of the best parts about cloud computing services is the ability to hire experts without actually hiring experts. We’ll explain…you see, cloud computing companies hire IT experts that have knowledge in a vast number of areas. They’re able to manage databases, servers, software, and datacenters. The best part? They’re all under one roof. Even though it’s not your roof per se, they essentially work for you. Not to mention there are multiple people who can help when you need it.

This builds a confidence that you can rely on your IT infrastructure because it’s being managed by team of experts who know how best to support you and your business.

Cost-Effectiveness

According to IBM, 25% of businesses see a reduction in IT costs after moving to the cloud. Not only that, more than half (55%) saw an increase in overall efficiency and half saw an improvement in employee mobility.

All of this leads to a more cost-effective IT infrastructure, which just adds to the already scalable and reliable environment you’ve just assembled.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of the cloud are small to medium sized companies that expect some sort of rapid growth. In this case, money is often at a premium, so any solution that allows for cost savings is a good – of course, as we talked about, cost-effectiveness is just one of the many benefits to the cloud.

IT Managed Services: Do I Need Them?

Managed services: What are they exactly? Can my company use managed services? Do we need managed services?

In a very exact sense, managed services are defined as “the practice of outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities and functions as a strategic method for improving operations and cutting expenses.” This essentially means outsourcing all or just a portion of your IT department for various things after pros and cons of doing so are weighed.

A company that provides managed services has a number of IT experts at their disposal who can help manage a company’s IT infrastructure. These managed service providers are responsible for making sure that their IT specialists are the most up-to-date in their certifications and knowledge. Their employees specialize in specific areas of IT and because all these experts are consolidated into one place, every client that the provider has will benefit from that knowledge. There is safety in knowing that you are being handled by the best in the field.

One of the other primary benefits of managed services is cost. Many companies provision these services for the benefits associated with not needing an IT department – or, in most cases, not having to purchase, own, and maintain their own hardware and applications.

A managed services provider can use their own hardware to provide services for a number of clients, thus cutting the cost for all the clients as a whole. The client can then focus on running their business effectively without having to worry about IT issues holding them back.managed-services-graphic-2

Any organization can benefit from managed services. This includes enterprises all the way down to small and local businesses.  Even small businesses can use a provider as a payment gateway to take credit card payments, use inventory software to keep track of store items, or keep a database of transactions for accounting purposes.

Major enterprises need additional help as well in the storing and maintaing the mass amounts of data need at any given time. They use this data to make real time decisions about advertising or pricing as well as running their online stores or physical storefronts, therefore this data is essential to business operations. Provisioning some form of managed services can ensure that in the case of technology failure, the loss of data will not be as excruciatingly costly.

As businesses rely more and more on technology, managed services will become a bigger need, and will continue to provide businesses with expertise that can be hard to come by elsewhere. While we hope that you choose Neovera as your managed service provider, we really cannot recommend heartily enough how important it is to seek out extra help in your company’s IT needs wherever that may be.

New Oracle Enterprise Manager Offers More Hybrid Cloud Flexibility

The Oracle Cloud Platform is one of the most robust tools for managing your cloud-based software and computing needs. Most businesses however, have not moved their entire infrastructure to the cloud. Many businesses are now using a hybrid cloud approach that includes using the cloud for certain software or computing while continuing to use their in-house infrastructure and management systems.

The newest release by Oracle, the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5, offers simpler ways to manage both your in-house environment as well as your cloud environment. The best part is that you can do it all from the Oracle Cloud Platform.

The Oracle Cloud Platform allows administrators to manage the jobs of both the in-house infrastructure and the cloud in order to gain better insights into an enterprise’s complete workloads. The Oracle Enterprise Manager also highlights software performance because of its enabled real-time data and operational information. This data can then be grouped and customized to showcase certain user-groups or clusters of software for a more in-depth examination of the overall system performance. This feature is beneficial as it can show you how to better organize and distribute your system workload for greater working efficiency.

Perhaps the most valuable feature of the new Oracle Enterprise Manager and Cloud Platform is the new ability to move or “copy” applications from the in-house infrastructure over to the cloud, or vice-versa. This user-friendly copying ability allows for easy migration to the cloud.

The migration process has continued to be one of the biggest concerns for those who are considering adopting a cloud solution. The high costs and possible technical difficulties that businesses anticipate when considering a cloud migration often deter them from adopting better long-term streamlining options for their business growth. The release of Oracle’s Enterprise Manager eliminates these fears and ensures end-user satisfaction.

Each year cloud adoption continues to grow exponentially and this is a growth that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Many experts agree that in the next five years, cloud migration, along with an increase in cyber security, will remain a top investment for companies. Cloud adoption continues to grow each year and has done so exponentially. This growth does not appear to be slowing down as many experts agree that cloud adoption will continue to be a prime investment for companies in the next five years along with cyber security.

Companies everywhere will soon be able to streamline in-house and cloud usage with the click of a button by utilizing products like Oracle Enterprise Manager and the Oracle Cloud Platform. Cloud technologies are creating a limitless future for business opportunities around the world.

Do PHP Updates Affect Your WordPress Website?

An exciting development took place at the O’Reilly Fluent Conference in San Francisco this past week. The O’Reilly Fluent Conference features popular front-end web development platforms including Javascript, HTML5, CSS3, Angular, PHP, and more. PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf was present at this week’s conference and made waves with an announcement of a new PHP version.

The new PHP version 7 was announced by Lerdorf with a first release tabbed for June with a full release in late 2015, estimated to be in October. PHP is a growing language with an increasing fan and user base. PHP is also the foundation from which the popular blogging and website CMS WordPress is built.

With a big jump in PHP version, many may wonder how updates to the version of PHP will affect their WordPress website or blog. We’ll breakdown some things to keep an eye on once the new version of PHP is rolled out later this year.

WordPress Backend

WordPress as a whole is built on PHP, however, WordPress on its own is not usually affected by new versions. In fact, because PHP and WordPress are both open-source updates to each usually coincide with one another. When a new PHP version is updated, WordPress updates to a new version to support the change. Of course, a WordPress update may not be all you need..

Hosting

You need to make sure your host is running a current PHP version before upgrading your WordPress version. If your host is still running PHP5, it’s best to hold off on upgrading your WordPress version until your host notifies you of updates to PHP on its servers.

Plugins

Many developers of WordPress plugin developers keep their plugin updated along with new versions of PHP and WordPress. However, if you have some older plugins that may have ceased development or are no longer updated, they could be a burden on your WordPress site or even cause it to go down completely. While this is rare, you should go through your plugins to make sure each is compatible with your current WordPress version or are currently being updated and developed.

Themes

Like plugins, WordPress themes are often kept updated with latest versions of WordPress, PHP, CSS, and other front-end languages. It’s a good idea to either update your theme, if possible, or make sure it is current as of the latest WordPress versions. Any theme that is 2-3 years old, or more, and hasn’t been updated in a while may be at risk with new versions of WordPress and/or PHP. Of course, if you want to make sure your theme is always compatible and up to date, you could develop your own.

What To Expect?

New PHP versions shouldn’t be rolled out for several months, especially until the”official” release in Q4 2015. When the first release comes out this summer it may be a good idea to test the new PHP version with your WordPress installation, themes, plugins, etc. If you’re not sure how to do this you can contact your hosting provider for more details, or refer to the WordPress Codex when the new PHP version 7 is available.

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: What To Expect

The time often comes when old technology is replaced by newer technology. This also means the end of the support lifecycle for certain hardware or software. In this case, it’s nearing the end for Windows Server 2003. We’ll tell you what it all means and what you can expect as Windows Server 2003 is phased out this summer.

The most important thing to note is the date which Microsoft will stop supporting Windows Server 2003. As of now the date is set for July 14, 2015 and it is quickly approaching.

It is estimated there are over 10 Million servers using Windows Server 2003 currently. This is a hefty number of folks that will need to migrate to new server platforms by July; and if you haven’t begun doing so yet, we suggest putting that at the top of your agenda.

So, what does “end of life” mean and what can you expect once Windows Server 2003 is no longer supported?

Updates

This is perhaps the most critical, or at least the engine that drives support for your server OS during its lifetime. There will no longer be any updates to Windows Server 2003, this includes security patches, bug fixes, and everything in between. Without consistent updates the OS becomes critically obsolete and especially vulnerable to attacks and data corruption or loss.

Compatibility Issues

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to use newer software with older hardware. In fact, it’s almost impossible. This also rings true with Windows Server 2003. Continuing to use an older, or often called “legacy”, servers or OS will almost certainly mean you’ll encounter compatibility problems.

Compliance Standards

We have talked extensively about compliance standards such as HIPAA and PCI among others. All of the major security standards require that your server OS or platform is supported. In this case, Windows Server 2003 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means you are no longer in compliance and could face hefty penalties or worse. In order to pass a compliance audit you absolutely must have supported hardware and software.

These are the major points to think about with the Windows Server 2003 end of life creeping up on us. Of course, there is also the issue of increased maintenance costs of using legacy servers.

Because the server OS will no longer live up to the current security and compliance standards it will become increasingly costly to acquire support or build security measures to protect your legacy server. In the grand scheme, the costs of migrating to a new platform will be measurably less in the long term.

What to do next? Well, you’re obviously not alone if you have not yet considered of begun migrating your Microsoft Server 2003 to someone more current, for example Microsoft Server 2008 or 2012. Fortunately there are a lot of great resources out there to help with the process.

Microsoft has a Windows Server 2003 EOS website with tons of resources to help you plan and execute a successful migration.

It’s also interesting to note that many organizations don’t even know that EOS (End of Service) is approaching, so if this is your first time hearing it do not be overwhelmed or fearful. If you’re in the IT department you have probably experienced something like this before, and we all are familiar with “last minute” plans.

The important thing is to have a plan, and execute that plan the way you intended. As part of Windows Server 2003 EOS website you will find Microsoft’s keys to successful migration, and this should help you immensely. In the end you’ll be doing yourself and your organization a great service by keeping them secure, compliant, and current.

Four Things To Keep In Mind When Considering The Cloud

Anytime a new technology is introduced that promises lower costs and higher productivity people flock to it. They ooh and ahh and wonder how they can use the new technology to their advantage. This is certainly true with the cloud. However, while the term “cloud” has been floating around technology and business circles for some time, many people & businesses are still unsure about its potential and whether or not it’s the right move for them. In this case due diligence must be done, and education is your best ammunition when fighting the unknown.

First, let’s get one thing clear. The cloud is not to be feared. It’s not the beginning of the zombie apocalypse or the death of your traditional IT infrastructure. What it is – is a tool – a tool to be used for the betterment of your business. Here are four things to know when you’re considering the cloud for your business.

You Don’t Have To “Start Over” With The Cloud

What many people believe is that when you transition some or most of your IT infrastructure to the cloud that you are starting from scratch. This is certainly not the case. In fact, the cloud is more of an addition than a reboot. It can be time consuming, expensive, and a drain on resources when you try to host critical applications in-house.

This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but the cloud is your friend in this regard. Many companies choose the cloud to handle critical application because of the ability to scale and more easily manage application peaks and valleys. Furthermore, you can procure more or less computing power from the cloud when you need it, sometimes at just the click of a button. Don’t think of the cloud as a brand new IT infrastructure, yet another valuable member of the team.

Security Is The Standard

Everyone worries about security. In this day in age security keeps IT managers and CEO’s awake at night, and for good reason. With major security breaches occurring at well-known organizations in the past couple years it certainly warrants a worry or two. However, this is where cloud providers excel – most of the time. The best cloud computing providers and managed service entities will strictly adhere to security standards. These include:

  • SAS-70 II (Statement on Auditing Standards 70 Type II)
  • SSAE-16 II (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 Type II)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy and Security Rules)
  • HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act)
  • PCI (Payment Card Industry)
  • SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act)
  • CIS (Center for Internet Security)

Most companies seeking the cloud will understand what compliance standards need to met. Asking the right questions can ease concerns about whether or not a cloud provider adheres to common security standards. The fact is cloud providers are experts in cyber security.

The Cloud Is Growing

Every year the adoption of the cloud continues to rise. It is estimated that the cloud market will exceed $180 Billion in 2015. That number is sure to increase a year later. So, what can be take away from this number? It helps us understand that more and more people are procuring cloud services every day. Now, it wouldn’t make sense that more businesses are choosing the cloud if the cloud didn’t provide great benefits, right? As cloud services continue to innovate and become more cost-effective it allows more and more businesses the opportunity to take advantage of what it has to offer.

You DO Need To Have A Plan

Implementations of the cloud usually go one of two ways. They are extremely smooth, or extremely bumpy. The bumpiness often occurs when organizations do not outline a plan for moving their critical applications to the cloud, or don’t ask the right questions or procure the right services from cloud providers. Let’s remember that cloud providers are experts in the space, they know what is best when it comes to application deployment and critical systems. Sure, they may not “know your business better than you do”, but if you work together so the cloud provider can better understand your business needs, you can outline a more solid plan. This will ultimately lead to a smooth transition and success in the cloud.

 

Why Outsource? Advantages of Outsourcing Your IT Infrastructure

Years ago it was unlikely that a business or business owner would consider outsourcing highly important facets of their organization. Some of the early entrepreneurs such as Rockefeller, Morgan, and others played things close to the vest; and that’s not to say most businesses don’t operate in a similar fashion today. There are risks to letting so-called “outsiders” into your realm. Trade secrets or other confidential information is not to be released, and trust can only be put on those within the company, right? Not so fast. In case you hadn’t noticed, things in the business world have changed rapidly in recent years. Technology has brought about new businesses and new challenges. It’s more difficult than ever to find people who can do things the right way. This is especially true when it comes to IT.

IT challenges are immense. Security, data, application management, uptime, downtime, and all of the above swim in the minds of technology professionals and executives everywhere. What if our website goes down at a crucial time? What if our email system goes down and our communication channels are closed off for a period of time? What if someone in the IT department leaves the company? These are all things that keep us up at night. Most often, we worry about the one golden question. Do we have the right tools and personnel in our IT department to maintain our current business and also grow and scale?

A good business grows over time. You gain more customers, more employees, and will ultimately need more computing power and expertise. Outsourcing your IT environment, whether a portion or the whole operation, has plenty of advantages that can not only help your business now but help mitigate risks and issues as the business grows. Here are several great advantages to outsourcing IT:

Scalability

As we just mentioned, scaling your business is one of the prime reasons for going into business in the first place. You want to grow. The problem? As you grow you have increased technology needs. You need more servers, more speed, and more people to manage it all. First, scaling your IT infrastructure can be costly (see #2), and second, you may not know how to do it properly. Second, if you’re a seasonal business and have a spike in activity during certain times, you may only need “cloud services” or increased computing power for a short timeframe. Whatever the case may be, outsourcing your IT environment to a trusted provider allows you to more easily manage peak times and overall growth. Providers like Neovera can even help you determine your needs as you grow if you’re unsure of where to go – or even where to begin.

Cost-Effective

Money, money, money. When it comes to business money is often, well, everything. It takes money to start a business and it takes cash flow to keep a business going. For small and medium sized businesses every dollar counts and finding cost-effective IT solutions isn’t always easy. Hiring the proper talent and expertise can be costly, not to mention hardware and software and everything in between. Outsourcing your IT infrastructure or hosting part of it in the cloud can often cost much less than doing everything in-house.

Security

We’ve all been warned about the “digital” age and how to secure your data and information. In a year that saw a number of major data breaches at some of the nation’s largest retailers and businesses we were reminded that a high level of security is imperative. This isn’t simple password protection; we’re talking multi-step authentication, constant monitoring, and more. Organizations like Neovera that specialize in IT and infrastructure security will have more in-depth knowledge on how to keep your information secure.

Expertise

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of IT is having the talent and expertise to create and maintain a solid environment. Sometime we think, “Oh, that sounds easy enough, I can do that!”. Then we get involved only to find that we’re not as savvy as we thought. IT hosting companies are a team of experts. It’s their job every single day to manage infrastructures just like yours. If you’re a great marketer you don’t join the sales team, if you’re a great accountant you don’t join the marketing team – you get the gist. Experts are hard to find, and if you’re not one yourself you’d be better off letting a team of experts handle one of the most important aspects of your business.

These are just some of the primary benefits of IT outsourcing. Of course, you can find many others including Software as a Service, Hosting, and overall consulting. IT outsourcing is certainly not something to be afraid of and has in fact helped thousands of businesses around the county and the world realize their goals. If you have questions about what outsourcing your IT infrastructure can do for your business be sure to contact Neovera today.

Is Information Technology an Expense or an Investment?

The idea is often thrown around that Information Technology (IT) is a cash guzzler. This suggests that money is put into IT with little return, while putting money into other aspects of the business such as marketing or sales is considered an investment in the company’s future. This notion has hung around in the minds of executives for far too long. Thankfully, minds are changing around the globe, and businesses are beginning to realize that funding a strong IT infrastructure is a better investment than ever.

When we describe business today we think of words like lean, innovative, or agile. If you really think about it, this also describes current technology trends. New technology is created to accomplish things faster and more efficiently. This is also what we want for our businesses in an increasingly competitive market. The business needs to be able to adapt and change – and do it before the competition. It’s a difficult feat all on its own but investing in your company’s future through IT can be one of the smartest ways to be the best in your niche. In short, technology has changed business, and it’s time for business to use technology to change the way they operate.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways technology has changed our lives, and how it can or has changed the way we do business.

Mobile

Ah, the ever popular smartphone. Our favorite selfie-shooting, Facebook checking, never leave home without it device. Mobile phones changed the social and business landscape in unimaginable ways. We can now have “face to face” meetings, check email, see sales reports, take conference calls, and update databases straight from our mobile devices. In essence, you could run a small business straight from your mobile device.

Businesses today have struggled with how to implement mobile into their current landscape, but I assure you it is essential. Sure, depending on what business you’re in not every employee needs a company phone or device to do his or her job efficiently. On the other hand, many employees do need this access, and providing them with the proper mobile technology can help them and your business excel.

The Cloud

We’re not talking about the type that produces rain or snow, but the Internet “cloud”. The cloud was first marketed as a consumer product mainly for additional storage and the like. The cloud has now made its way into the business world and is changing things rapidly. Companies can now use the cloud to run critical applications or for additional computing power in heavy traffic times. The uses for the cloud are effectively endless and innovation in this space shows little sign of slowing down. In fact, in a recent post we talked about the consistent growth of cloud usage and the predictions for cloud adoption in the near future.

Data

Data is fast becoming one of the most important aspects of business today. Businesses now thrive or die based on their data collection, visualization, and use of data to make decisions. In business we now have tools that can tell us, in real time, how our business is doing and why. This includes tools like Business Intelligence and social media. We can hear from our customers instantly and know exactly how they feel about a product or service. Data driven business is how companies stay agile and innovative.

These are just a few of the ways technology has changed the way we do business. Now, it is easy to see why putting time, effort, and money into IT is a great investment and is no longer considered and expense. Investing in the right technology, and the right people to use it, can scale a business nicely – all while staying willing to adapt to change based on the business landscape.