Is the “next big thing” in communication just a fad, or is it something all businesses and professionals – including you – should eagerly embrace? That depends on if you want the potential to save millions of dollars!
Now that I have your attention…let’s talk.
Talking is important. Communication is the foundation of every solid relationship. Learning to communicate effectively has been the bedrock of every successful society for millennia:
- Prehistoric cavemen left behind artistic interpretations on stones to convey stories of daily life
- Loved ones send letters and care packages from home to help armed forces maintain a sense of normalcy from the “outside world”
- Poetic greeting cards that celebrate birthdays, share joy at the birth of a new life, congratulate someone on a graduation or new job, or offer condolences to the friends or family members at someone’s passing
How we communicate is equally important – can you imagine if you were no longer able to send an email or text message today? So much of modern professional communication takes place over email or telephone calls that it seems these methods have been around for many generations – which is only partly the case.
What should we talk about?
Let’s talk about speed. Speed has become a critical factor in communication.
Because the early bird catches the worm. Because the first runner across the finish line wins the race. Because the first one to shout “Bingo!” wins the game.
Speed is important.
Connecting and communicating – and fast – is important. You’re not trying to win a game of Bingo, but being able to send that email or text message, or make that call, or connect to a video conference call using an Internet-based service like Skype or Google Hangouts. Talking to a potential customer and having a call dropped or a video paused for buffering can be embarrassing, and imply – with silent communication – that you haven’t invested in the infrastructure you need to support your professional operations.
That’s one way to lose a sale!
Does your network have the capability of keeping up with the speed of your business? Have you taken stock of your Internet speed lately? You don’t need to do a speed test to determine your bps rate – just ask yourself how often you’ve experienced slower Internet connections than you’d like lately. Buffering videos, delays in page loads, frozen pages, and more are caused by a number of factors, but the greatest impact is trying to access content that needs a stronger connection with greater Internet speeds than your current delivery.
Cities like Vancouver are making a strong push to deliver fiber optic cable networks throughout British Columbia, including a $12 million investment in infrastructure, with the goal of upgrading from dial-up and broadband and meeting growing demands.
Why is the focus on fast?
Is the ever-increasing need for speed all about societal competition, or is there a genuine need?
Advancements in Internet speed are a catalyst for advancements in other areas of technology, like fiber optics. Fiber optics deliver blazing fast Internet speed, allowing for endless possibilities. Faster fiber-optics mean more streaming, faster downloading and uploading, less buffering, better graphical resolution, and much more.
Ever since the concept of cloud computing took its first tiptoes into the world’s homes, schools, hospitals, and offices, and exploded into widespread adoption, consumer appetite can’t be quenched. Cloud computing offers amazing advantages, but are only truly realized with adequate Internet speeds. With the cloud came cloud-based file storage and file sharing, taking full advantage of the latest technology and Internet speed.
The cloud offers a way for your desktop computers, mobile devices, and professional technology to all talk to each other, paving the way for instant access from anywhere. Added benefits of the cloud include secure file storage and a safe way to share files with others in a protected environment.
How can you be sure it’s secure?
- 24/7 remote monitoring
- Two-factor user authentication
- End user training
- Enacting formal password protocols
- Managed firewall
- Email protection
- Web filtering
- Risk analysis to detect vulnerabilities
Strategically outsourcing your IT processes to a managed IT services providers (MSPs) like Compunet offer immense improvements in efficiency and lower IT costs by providing subscription-based IT services and eliminating the “break/fix” model where IT providers are involved to respond to urgent needs. MSPs allow a proactive approach to IT planning and budgeting, allowing companies to keep up with technological advancements like fiber optics and emerging cloud solutions and applications.
So, what about those millions? Depending on your company size and your existing infrastructure, the opportunity for long-term savings is clear. By reallocating IT costs from full-time internal staffing and outsourcing to an MSP, companies can take advantage of budgetary shifts and utilize unique infrastructure upgrades, like migrating completely to the cloud. Just think, for a company with an annual dedicated IT budget of $250,000 or more, just a few years will realize savings of more than one million dollars, part of which can be reinvested in emerging opportunities or growth strategies.
Your bottom line
Partner with a trusted expert like Compunet and focus on your business while Compunet focuses on your cybersecurity. From IT consulting to 24/7 Help Desk support, Compunet understands your unique IT needs, because IT is what we do:
- Hosted solutions
- Server virtualization
- Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO)
- VoIP services
- And much more!
When you hear about trends in technology, it can be overwhelming to see the tried-and-true from the tired and determine what to stay away from, but Compunet will be at your side, guiding your business on your journey every step of the way on your path to success.
Contact Compunet today to see how to take advantage of advancements like cloud solutions and fiber optics, and embrace your potential!
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