In the ever-changing digital sphere, it can be hard to prioritise. Read our key IT considerations, that your business simply can’t afford to ignore.
The ever-changing digital world can make it difficult to determine the focus for your business IT. Businesses often focus on sales and marketing at the beginning of the year, but a solid IT foundation is vital to support your goals.
Here are some key IT considerations for your business, that you simply can’t afford to ignore in the coming year:
With BT phasing out traditional business landlines, switching to a hosted phone system should rise to the top of your priorities. BT announced that they would no longer take ISDN orders from 2020, and will withdraw support by 2025. As such, investments in a business landline will soon become outdated. The sooner you move to hosted phones, the better, in order to familiarise yourself with the new system.
Adopting hosted phones is best practice for any small business, as you can boost efficiency with the many benefits they provide. Hosted phones provide cost-effective communications, making more funds available for business growth. As you look to scale up your company, the sophisticated system can seamlessly expand, from a single unified connection. They also experience fewer technical faults, and offer more reliable and effective communication. Many of our clients, including digital company Forever Agency, have benefitted from a future-proof telephony solution.
Sophisticated systems, like hosted phones, require reliable connection; but how would you operate if your information is lost? A sudden data loss can have a considerable impact on productivity until your systems are back up and running. Therefore, efficient backup with instant recovery should be put in place as soon as possible.
With Linten, you can rest assured with automatic data backup on a daily or hourly basis. Choose between cloud or local storage, dependent on your preference. Installing a managed service for data backup ensures that your systems are protected. What’s more, your business technology can be restored quickly in the event of a security breach.
Our trustbackup service is powered by Acronis, which businesses like Manchester City FC have chosen to safely store data. Data can be encrypted by military-grade defence code, offering the best protection against cyberattacks.
Cyberattacks are getting more sophisticated, so making sure your data security is resilient is of utmost importance. Without robust and up-to-date internet security, your business systems may be vulnerable to threats from malware, ransomware and Trojans. If you don’t already have effective internet security, then integrating protection software should be firmly on your to-do list.
After GDPR was enforced in 2018, security breaches could lead to a fine of up to 4% of your annual turnover. Data protection continues to be a priority for 2019. Protect your business and your customers’ data with a full suite of internet security measures. Anti-spam and antivirus software should be installed on all IT hardware. Further security measures, like multi-factor authentication and password managers ensure that certain information is only visible by certain staff. Finally, regular monitoring and health checks can ensure that cyber threats are detected early, to minimise risk.
Whilst there are several important IT considerations for the year ahead, it’s important for all systems to be fully integrated.
Linten can provide full service IT solutions, from secure data backup to installing a scalable hosted phone system. Choosing a single provider for all information technology can streamline the way businesses manage their systems. Pick a provider that can deliver unified services, connecting data storage and business communications on a central network. Not only will this streamline your current processes, but it will make it easier to scale in the future.
Our service is customised to your needs too, guaranteeing that any solution we offer will work effectively within your organisation.
To find out how we could help enhance your business’ IT, get in touch with our team today.