In a recent release of the 1st half of 2013 State of SMB IT Report conducted by Spiceworks Voice of IT market insights program some strong trends are shown.
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Every business person using a computer knows that it is important to back up their electronic data regularly so it can be recovered in the event of hardware or software failure. Unfortunately not everyone does this and even those that do don't always use the best methods or tools. Failure to put proper steps in place and then following them religiously can lead to serious consequences.
Even though many small businesses still don't have a full fledged backup strategy in place there is a more critical change taking over as more and more businesses understand that they cannot operate without considering what would happen with a complete IT network shut down.
Many companies struggle to decide what they really need for I.T. network backup. Everyone knows that there is a need to backup critical files such as accounting and inventory data. For many organizations they understand that email is also a mission critical application and they need to have a backup strategy for this as well.
MS Exchange is an extremely important part of many companies' I.T. environment. For most end users they see it as the popular Outlook interface but in the background Exchange is managing the file storage, transfer and backup of the growing data base of email material.
There are a number of ways that IT service can be contracted for your office I.T. network. The most common are managed services plans and time billing plans. There are significant differences between these two, even though they may look like they are similar on the surface.
We had an IT network system failure recently and our email was down for several days due to data corruption. Over the years the data base to our Exchange email had grown to a pretty big size so running the necessary tools to clean the corruption and recover our system took a long time. We're talking many hours spread over several days.
In our office we saw two new BYOD devices (Bring Your Own Device) show up after the holiday gift giving season. Not a lot until you work it out on a percentage basis and that is over 13% increase beyond the multiple of smartphones and tablets already being used. Over 50% of our employee group has some sort of device connected to our wireless for at least part of the work day.