After working in I.T. Support for almost 20 years I have seen pretty much every emergency disaster scenario you can possibly imagine. Many Business owners are placed under severe pressure at certain times of the working week or year, this can lead to critical mistakes being made either by themselves or there staff. Many business owners also have family’s to manage as well as there own staff, this can lead to situations where they are not running the business but the business is running them!
As the owner of two Businesses it can feel pretty stressful at times and sometimes it can feel like there is always someone lining up with there hand out looking for payment, for some business overhead or service, bills keep coming even when the work doesn’t!
Many company’s in Ireland are reluctant to spend money on yearly maintenance or upgrading there Computers, backup systems or office Tech. This is totally understandable as most businesses have had a pretty tough ride over the best part of the last decade with lots of up’s and downs. Where this ultra low spending policy falls down is when something goes suddenly wrong, there are currently a proliferation of under-maintained and aging outdated Business computers and Tech out there. Proactive maintenance is always less expensive than reacting after the fact. The thinking behind yearly maintenance is not just to save your business money in the long run, but help to prevent disaster scenarios that can severely effect both your business and business bank account. We have spotted many potentially catastrophic I.T. issues before they occurred in the course of maintaining our clients computers.
Right now your probably thinking “But I have an antivirus program installed!” It is important to remember that antivirus is just a software package that has been programmed to pick up and block known existing threats to your Business computers and Servers thus preventing serious Data Loss or office disruption. An antivirus packages does not match human intelligence in terms of coming up with creative ways to disable it or bypass it completely. What many businesses fail to realize is that they are actually up against what could only be described as a collective super intelligence of all the bad guys in the world via the Internet.
Many Ransonware viruses that can completely disable a company’s operations are created in conjunction with hundreds/thousands of other programmers all over the world who cooperate to create these extremely financially rewarding treats. Some even repackage them as a service and sell it online to other hacking groups and criminals. When you consider the entire population of the world is now over 6.7 Billion and increasing by 83 Million per year. The challenges your antivirus package and firewall face to protect your vital company and client data is to say the least huge. Nobody really knows how many cyber criminals are out there, but what we do no is that the high population poorer “third world” country’s are coming online very quickly with the proliferation of cheap smartphones, tablets and 3G Internet even in the remotest of locations, that trend is only going to increase in the coming years.
One of the most common disaster scenarios we encounter is failed hard-drives inside office computers and laptops. We do offer a Data Recovery service however due to the difficulty of the task at hand and the nature of mechanical hard-dives this process can be hit and miss and difficult to complete. The next step then is to send it away to a Data Recovery clean room/Laboratory. This can incur costs of over €2000 per hard-drive and even then the results are not guaranteed. The delays and repercussions to your business can be immense. What is important to remember is that YOU pay the bills, that includes the Data Recovery costs and also the staff wages for staff that may no longer be able to carryout there day to day work tasks and service your own clients.
In most businesses “Time is money“, how many times have you and your staff have been left hanging by your I.T. providers not being unavailable or “too busy” to call to your office when you most need them. We can help you avoid these types of situations by covering your business with our affordable Managed Services yearly maintenance plans, where we can remotely monitor your computers for treats, potential problems even before they occur, implement patch management, security checks and general office computer troubleshooting with same day response times all year round. We also include quarterly onsite checkup’s on all your I.T. systems where we visit you in person, both these services help reduce stress and anger when disaster strikes and helps let you do what you do best run and grow your business.
Keys: Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland.