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Why Every Small Business Owner should be using an IT Support Provider

Do we really to spend hundreds on our IT when ‘we can try fix it ourselves’ if something breaks:

Every Small Business Owner or  Small Business Manager should have an IT Support Provider in 2019. This is probably the most important relationship or service you can have to secure the success your business into the future.

Obviously most  small businesses operate on a rigid budget that is not that of Microsoft or Facebook. So therefore, you’ll want to make sure you are getting good value for your expenditure.

The reality is that SMEs in Ireland today usually can’t fork out for a full-time experienced IT Consultant. This of course, is not surprising.

You hear a ‘but’ coming along. And there is one! Having a modest and limited budget does not mean you can’t and shouldn’t have a team of IT experts working for you. You just don’t hire them ‘in-house.’

You can outsource and get the best if you do your homework into the best IT Support Provider in your area.

Proactively looking after your business’ IT setup and putting in place an experienced IT Support Provider might seem like a luxury. However, it is really is a basic necessity in the year 2019 and beyond.

If you want your business to remain steady and to grow, you must invest in solid IT Support. An effective, experienced IT Support Provider should  be the backbone of your business surviving and being successful. Bluefox have wrote well on the merits of employing an IT Support Provider here as well.

 

1. Your Computer Network will not cause you any more problems

If  your network constantly crashes, runs slow and prevents you from getting work done, investing in a reputable IT Support Provider will end this nightmare forever.

You will no longer be  pumping money into your IT network only to have more problems and more expenses. You will also save your bsuiness money but not losing clients in the process. Efficiency drives better performance.

This means that your your staff is focused on completing client projects rather than trying to fix computer problems!

 

2. Your biggest Investment will be your best friend instead of your worst nightmare

 One of the biggest investments you will make as a business is into your computer network and the technology that runs your business. Yet research shows that most small business computer networks are unstable, costly to maintain, and unreliable at best. Plus, most are not giving the full return on investment they could, simply because they were not properly planned and implemented from the start.

The good news is that when properly applied, technology can give your business significant competitive advantages. It can greatly increase the efficiency and productivity of your employees, and it can help you keep more of your hard-earned Euros in your pocket.

In order for any technology to give you these kinds of results, it must be designed to support your specific business, your goals, and your challenges. That’s where a reliable, highly skilled and research driven IT Support Provider will specialise for you.

 

3. You will Cut Unnecessary Costs & Stay Up-to-date

Outsourcing your IT department will allow you to slash unnecessary costs and save your business money in the longer term, while you innovate and develop your business.

Like all companies, IT Support Providers are there to offer their services for a fee, so it is in their greater interest to get to know you and your business specifics, employees, and your business needs. You, as their client, deserve to have delivered precisely what you need at a tailored, affordable rate for your business.

While you are certainly an expert in your line of work, the chances are you know very little about technology and how IT should be best applied. Therefore, getting in the experts is necessary. You wouldn’t try and do the electrics for your own house if you didn’t know what you were doing now would you?

There are too many hardware & software programmes in the world today to choose wisely from, in the absence of solid technical knowledge.

The purpose of an IT Support Provider and IT sales expert, is to educate and advise all 0f those various options for you. And to direct you exclusively to the best fit solutions for your business.

One of just many benefits of an IT Support Provider is that many of them have partnerships with external vendors. This means that they will get the most cutting-edge technology. This will be at the best rates and your IT Provider will be able to pass these onto you, the client and small business owner.

 

4. You can concentrate on running your business without worrying about IT

You probably know that a day of IT problems can knock you off track for hours at a time, for example,  having no email access, no vital communciatons with your clients and a loss of important files or folders. All of which can be disastrous.

You could even have total operational collapse, if a server failed for example, or if a power outage occurred.

You know that as a business owner,  time lost is money lost, so every minute with a server that crashed means putting the relationship with your clients at risk. It can also mean reputational damage and financial loss- neither are good occurrences!

Having an IT team by your side means that you don’t have to worry about computer issues ever again. You hire professionals to deal with issues that shouldn’t be of your concern in the first place.

This means that you and your employees would be able to focus on what’s really important – your business and getting the job done.

With managed IT services, you won’t ever have to deal with unexpected costly repairs and last resort investments, because the IT guys are there to prevent IT disasters. In essence, they will have backup plans and handle difficult situations quickly and effectively.

 

5. Increased productivity and organisational effectiveness

This is where the best IT Support Providers rise to the top of the pool. The key to optimum productivity, effectiveness and efficiencies in your business will be linked to the pace and level of responsiveness.

As well as making sure your technology is working properly in your business, an outsourced IT Support Provider MUST be highly responsive.  The quicker the repose, the less lost time your business will experience.

If you will put your company’s budget to good use in investing in your IT , do ensure you get a Provider with IT Engineers available by email and telephone within a long time frame during business hours and emergency callout options.

The IT Engineers and Consultants within your chosen IT Support Provider need to be capable of taking care of your issues right away.

Avoid employing any IT Support Provider that have long wait-times before addressing issues. Hint- it should be an average of 2-4 hours, much less for more minor issues. They must also have IT Support Engineers and Consultants who are appropriately qualified, experienced and have the requisite knowledge levels to be looking after your IT systems.

You can check this by doing your own research and checking the company’s credentials and their employee’s backgrounds online.

 

If you would like one of our IT experts to call to your offices and carry out a free technology assessment, please click here and fill out this form and one of our team will revert within 1 business day!

Cinnte Technologies Achieves IT Security Cyber Essentials Award- Global Industry Standard in IT Security and data protection

We at Cinnte Technologies are pleased to announce our recent award in being a certified IT Security Cyber Essentials’ company. 

The reason we the went through this rigorous IT security and data protection process, is to reassure customers that we take cyber security seriously. We recently wrote about mobile IT security for mobile phones used for businss purposes here.

We want to help  small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) who can be assured that we are serious and ceritfied in providing  IT security.

We have numerous  IT security measures in place which we then help our clients implement. We are GDPR experts and help new and established small businesses to implement GDPR compliant policies to protect their data and their client’s data. We are serious about IT security and about data protection here at Cinnte Technologies.

 

The Crest Cyber Essentials’ includes five important control pillars which can shield organisations from data breaches, hacking and internal data leaks. These are; firewall and internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management and software updates.

You can learn more about the entire specifics of the Cyber Essentials here. Do you want the best IT security and data protection in your business here and what it means to protect your business from IT security threats?

If the answer is yes, then, we at Cinnte Technologies, recommend this certification for all businesses.

We can advise and help to implement many or all Cyber Essentials for IT security and data protection. Please get in touch if you would like help setting up stronger IT security, data protection and GDPR policies and mechanisms in your business. If you are based in Cavan, Monaghan, Meath or West Dublin, please get in touch with us today to book a FREE CONSULTATION. This is guaranteed to improve your IT security and get your business Cyber Essentials certified.

Email us at danny@cinnte.ie or call 0494360080. Alternatively, click the link below and sign up for your free IT Security consultation!

Fill out the Form below to Book Your Free IT Security Consultation today

Move to the cloud & save money on IT Infrastructure

If you’re planning an IT upgrade within the next 6 months, listen up. You could save yourself lots of money on your next IT infrastructure upgrade. You can ALSO give yourself a more productive workplace by switching to the cloud. This could be an alternative to an on-premises server. We agree with NW technology about the logic of outsourcing to an MSP or IT support provider if you are an SME owner.

Is Cloud Computing a good for your business:

However, cloud computing is NOT a good fit for every company. So you should get all the facts to fully understand the pros and cons

That said, for some clients, cloud IT upgrades can actually lower their IT costs a lot. This is as well as improving the ability for remote workers to connect and work from home. You can read about our tips for checking that your IT provider is doing what is necessary to protect your business here.

 

Pros Of Cloud Computing:

  • Never upgrade your systems again which saves you cash. When you’re hosting in someone’s cloud, it’s the equivalent of renting an apartment. You get all the benefits of living there but none of the hassle of maintenance. One of the reasons the ‘cloud’ can save your business a lot of money is that the cloud provider is “pooling” the money of many organizations to host and maintain. This means you’re paying for a fraction of what it’d cost you to host and maintain the same infrastructure.

 

  • Lowered IT costs. This is probably the single most compelling reason why companies choose to move their network to the cloud. Not only do you save money on software licenses, but also on hardware (servers and workstations). As well as IT support and upgrades.

 

  • Ability to access your desktop and/or applications from anywhere and any device. If you travel lots, have remote workers or prefer to use an iPad, cloud computing will give you more flexibility.

 

  • Disaster recovery and backup are automated. Of course, check the small print of your cloud provider. Some will only back up your data for a period of 3 days prior. Then some will waive all responsibility for backing up and securing your data. Not good in either case, of course.

 

  • It’s faster, cheaper and easier to set up new employees. If you have a seasonal workforce or a lot of turnover, cloud computing will lower your costs of setting up new accounts. It will also make it much faster.

 

  • It’s a “greener” technology that will save on power and your electric bill. For some smaller companies, the power savings will be too small to measure. However, for larger companies with multiple servers who are cooling a hot server room and keep their servers running 24/7/365, the savings are considerable.

Cinnte CEO to Speak about Cyber Security Awareness at Cavan event

Cinnte CEO to Speak about Cyber Security Awareness at Cavan event

Cinnte Technologies CEO, Mr. Danny Barr, will be speaking at a Cyber security Awareness Workshop in the Farnham Arms Hotel in Cavan. The worskhop is to educate SME owners on May 22nd from 9am-1pm and places are limited. You can also find out more from our event partners here-

The event will be free to attend for owners, managers or employees of companies, the self-employed in Cavan. More details can be found here of what Cinnte does in relation to cyber training for employees of SMEs.

 

Cinnte IT and what we do:

Cinnte Technologies is passionate about IT and the growing importance of online security to SMEs in the Cavan and nearby areas. Danny as our CEO has stated that, ” I want to create greater awareness of this among business owners and their employees to protect their organization and clients against online fraud. I will continue to reach out and educate SME owners and employees on cyber awareness and actively promoting safety and prevention of any cyber-crime or theft.”

We recently wrote about this subject here-

 The Cyber Security Workshop Overview:

The workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to build their overall awareness of online security and improve their ‘cyber security hygiene.’ This will help SME owners to avoid the typical mistakes and stop being caught by cyber security breaches. This interactive course aims to make learning about cyber awareness easy effective and enjoyable.  It will introduce the world of cyber security and help participants to understand what they need to know and do to keep themselves and their workplace safe and secure. No prior knowledge or experience of cyber security is required to do this course.Key areas covered include:

Threats Overview: Malware, phishing & social engineering

Password Policies: Best practices;

Web Protection: What to look for; what to avoid

Email Protection: What to look for; what to avoid

Preventative Measures: Best practices for security at home and at work

 

How to book your place:

Places are limited so please book your free place as soon as possible at this link- Cybersecurity Awareness Course – Cavan Booking Link

*Please note this programme is for owners, managers or employees of companies, sole traders or self-employed or other private sector organisations or commercial semi-state companies operating in the Republic of Ireland.

How important is cyber awareness to your small business?

How important is cyber awareness to your small business?

Your Business and Cyber Awareness

Have you questioned how your business is applying cyber awareness on a practical level? Microsoft will introduce cyber changes to Windows 7 this year. This is important as most SMEs are using a Microsoft system.

The tech giant will end support in July this year if users don’t install new security upgrades by April 2019. In this regard, cyber awareness has never been more important for small business owners in Cavan and Meath.

Having the correct IT support services in place is critical to being ready for any cyber changes that emerge in future.

What do I need to know about Windows 7 and Windows 10 cyber changes:

Support for Windows 7 operating systems will be ending from January 2020 according to Microsoft’s official website.We aim to educate small business owners about what they need to be aware when it comes to cyber activity. You should check with your IT provider what they’re doing to ensure any Windows 7 changes for you run smoothly.

We are among the IT support providers in Cavan and Meath that are preparing businesses to move to Windows 10. We also want to help small businesses to install Windows 7 updates to help their business run efficiently.

What exactly are these cyber updates

The changes coming in March signal a cyber security upgrade for Windows 7. 

Currently, OS updates are double-signed using both SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms as the first algorithm has some weaknesses. In layman’s terms, Microsoft are making a better, more responsive and faster system for users, business and non-business.

Microsoft plans to discontinue it over time and move to the second algorithm, SHA-2 after 2020. Microsoft clients still using a 2008 server need to upgrade their systems and improve their IT and as a result, their overall business performance.

Target date for Windows cyber security updates:

We advise small businesses who have IT providers to make sure you don’t miss the different individual security updates taking place in April. Microsoft has said that it expects March 12th to be the date for the release of SHA-2 Code on Windows 7.

Everything should happen automatically, if you ensure these updates are enabled to take place in April and July.

 

What happens if you wish to continue using Windows 7 after January 2020 when support is officially being stopped by Microsoft:

It is going to cost you. A lot more than you would pay to use Windows 10. Updates from Microsoft to ensure that Windows 7 operated devices run effectively will be available for a time, but it will be more expensive that upgrading to Windows 10. The cost will also rise over years. So, for support for Windows Enterprise users using Windows 7 from January 2019-January 2021 will cost around €25 per device.

Should you consider an IT switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

It is worth considering a switch to Windows 10 for this reasons of cyber cost saving and effectiveness. The best laptops this year only operate a Windows 10 system as well. So if you want to use the best hardware on the market, we recommend that you consider using Windows 10 .

We will be posting in the near future on Windows 10 and how to upgrade to it. We will explain the benefits of upgrading and being more cyber aware and how it can help grow your business. Follow our updates for more updates on Windows 7 and other cyber changes your business should know about.

We will try to educate small business owners on any cyber changes such as Windows and help them move to more efficient systems like Windows 10 in future. If you are thinking of upgrading you systems to Windows 10, we can help you.

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Our Engineers can assess in person and tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your current systems. Sign up and claim your limited free network audit for your small business in Cavan, Meath and surrounding counties.