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SMBs: Is Your IT Strategy Ready for 2021?

SMB IT strategy

With the new year in full force, business owners are focused on achieving their monthly revenue goals for 2021. To meet or exceed these goals, you need to make sure you design your business operations to help your teams stay productive. Having a sound IT strategy can help you reach your revenue goals as well as save you time and money.

Thinking about your IT strategy can be daunting when you’re pressed for time or juggling multiple priorities across your business. However, strong cybersecurity and cloud-based IT strategies is a must if you want to keep up and grow.

What does this entail? We’ll highlight a few IT solutions that can help you reach your goals, maximize productivity and avoid costly issues in 2021.

Keep Your Business Cyber Secure

Make it one of your priorities this year to have a solid structure in place that helps prevent cyber threats. Cyber adversaries can gain access to your company information, which places your customer and employee privacy at risk. Especially if your business accesses and stores sensitive information, you have to ensure that you comply with regulations and mandates that protect this data from internet attacks. A good place to start is to have a firewall, but it needs to be properly installed, configured, and managed. If you’re not technical or don’t have the resources in-house to devote to it, consider having a firewall managed by the provider like TPx.

Cyber danger is also associated with costly downtime, as 2020 IBM report shows: 51% of organizations reported a significant business disruption during the past two years due to a cybersecurity incident. Avoiding downtime equals saving money – potentially a lot of money. According to Statista, the cost per hour of downtime is anywhere from $10,000 to over $5 million, depending on the size of the organization.

If you are not sure where to begin, especially without having a cybersecurity expert in-house, it is a good idea to talk to a managed services provider (MSP), like TPx. MSPs are growing in popularity in the SMB space, as they pair enterprise-level technology with experts that SMBs alone wouldn’t be able to afford in-house. Services like Managed Detection and Response (MDR) help you identify, prevent and recover from cyber threats faster.

Protect Your Business’s Data

Many SMBs run their computers, laptops and servers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you depend on these technologies around the clock, you can’t afford to lose important company data because of system failures, disasters, and employee errors. With  managed backup and recovery solution,you can have a peace of mind you will not lose your data and in case of any issue, can recover it quickly.

TPx has specialists available 24/7 to help you get up and running fast and also manage your endpoints so that your systems are healthy and perform optimally.

Keep Employees Productive and Happy With Fast Networks

Your business network should be reliable and fast. Nothing is more frustrating for employees and customers than waiting for slow systems to process information. If you haven’t evaluated your Wi-Fi network in a long time, your business processes may be lagging. If this is an issue for you, innovative Wi-Fi technology such as a managed Wi-Fi 6 service may be your answer.

To learn more about how the TPx team can help your small business get ready for the IT challenges of 2021, contact us.