Scaling a growing business can be as challenging as starting one. These tips can help you navigate the roadblocks that come with success.
You would think growing pains are a nice problem to have, but the challenges of scaling a business can trip up even the savviest of entrepreneurs. Sure, your store has grown forty percent in sales over last year, but you may not have the space to keep up with this growth next year. The increase in sales has helped cash flow, but that’s still not enough cash to open up a second location. How, then, do you scale?
Technology drives modern business, regardless of size or industry. It’s how we interact with customers, distribute information, push revenue, and solve problems. However, for small and medium-sized businesses and startups, technology implementation is another in a long list of issues that result from a lack of resources.
Few people have the expertise to manage much of today’s technology, and most independent businesses cannot afford to hire a full-time IT staff, here are ways that managed IT services can really benefit small businesses.
Here’s a common question we get from web developers these days: “are you getting rid of ColdFusion hosting?”
The answer to this, of course, is absolutely not.
We love ColdFusion and its developer community. And we’ve been supporting the platform since it was a product of Allaire (which was before it was a product of Macromedia), which is to say we’ve been supporting it for a long time.
With this said, however, we understand why our CF community would be worried.
To put it gently, supporting ColdFusion in a shared hosting environment is often difficult, and for some hosts (like GoDaddy), it’s no longer worth supporting at all.
With the increased frequency and sophistication of modern cyber attacks, it is more important than ever for business owners to educate themselves and their staff about the dramatic effects of a data breach. With so many big businesses making the headlines for failed security over the past year (Target, Sony, Anthem, just to name a few), it’s easy to think breaches only happen to Fortune 5’s, but poor security affects everyone. In fact, one report found that 71% of security breaches target small businesses (Trustwave Global Security Report).
And, unfortunately, it’s easy to understand why:
There’s often no dedicated IT person in SMB organizations
Flying can be a pain, especially without a wireless connection. Being disconnected from the world can really be cumbersome when trying to operate a business.
Emails need to be answered in a timely fashion or else nothing gets done, which can cause stress levels to rise higher than the clouds. Now, there’s a solution to this problem: WI-FI on airplanes via Gogo! Sound amazing, however – as much as we all like to be connected to the rest of the world 24/7 – what is the true cost for in-air connectivity?
Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of modern cyber attacks, it is more important than ever for small businesses to understand the dramatic effects of a data breach. Small businesses can protect their customers and themselves by staying educated and understanding solutions and best practices that are available to reduce the likelihood of a costly security breach.
Safeguard Valuable Documents and Equipment – Make sure all digital devices used for business are protected with antivirus and antispyware software that is regularly updated. All computer servers and sensitive paperwork need to be stored safely and securely, with a limit to the number of people with keys and/or access codes. Research off-premise data center or cloud computer solutions to ensure the safety of your information.
Securing your email with a strong password is important, but it only protects your local email account. Once your email (and the data within) leaves your network – bouncing from server to server, on its way to the intended recipient – you have no control over its security.
Some common ways email can be hacked or intercepted:
Email Headers – Did you know that the headers of your emails are full of information that can be of use to hackers? Even though you usually only see “From”, “To”, and the “Subject”, email headers can be manipulated to show your IP address, local time zone, and even the email software you are using (knowing the software version enables hackers to exploit bugs associated with that particular software).
Smartphone makers have been trying to replace our wallets with digital pay methods for several years. While the trend has yet to widely catch on outside of the tech sphere, Apple (so often the bridge between the super geeky and super chic) believes that they may be able to change that.
On Tuesday, Apple announced it would soon be offering its own version of the mobile wallet, dubbed Apple Pay. Apple claims to have already established relationships with three major credit card companies, and retail giants like Target and McDonald’s – meaning soon you’ll be paying for your Number 3 with your iPhone or Apple Watch.
On Tuesday, Apple announced an agreement with IBM that signals the tech giant’s occupation of the enterprise market. Utilizing each company’s respective strengths, the plan is to build business apps and professional software that matches the quality and simplicity of Apple’s consumer applications. Apple will sell its devices (which will come preloaded with newly developed enterprise software) to IBM’s corporate customers, and also provide on-site support. IBM plans to make more than 100,000 employees available for the Apple initiative, which will develop more than 100 new apps for various industries.
Newtek, The Small Business Authority®, today announced the launch of its first television advertising campaign for its industry-leading cloud hosting services. The advertising campaign will focus on Newtek’s ability to provide incomparable service, with free 24/7/365 domestic support necessary to enhance the daily operations, and bolster security for its business customers. Newtek also announced that switching to the Newtek Cloud could save customers up to 60 percent in information technology (“IT”) costs with its offerings at multiple price-points without sacrificing quality or availability of service around the clock. Newtek welcomes IT professionals and resellers to also utilize its Cloud on a private-label basis.
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