77% of small and medium-sized businesses say their successful growth depends on technology, yet only one-third have dedicated, experienced IT specialists to ensure their success and business continuity.
The study – conducted by Dell and Intel – indicates that while the majority of businesses are aware of the importance of IT, few invest in maintaining their systems. As a result, many SMBs are exposed to high risks of business disruption which end up costing them countless hours of lost productivity, missed business opportunities and a lot of headaches. But how can this be prevented? As a business owner, here are the three questions you need to ask yourself now, in order to understand exactly how your business continuity and success depends on your technology:
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Does your business depend on immediate and constant access to information?
In this day and age, it’s almost impossible to imagine your business without IT. Should your systems fail (and when they do, it’s usually without warning) you are exposed not just to an IT problem, but to a potentially large business problem, due to limited access to your accounts, information and the tools your organisation uses on a day-to-day basis. How quickly would this inaccessibility to your data and tools impact on your business operations?
How much is your company and client data worth?
How much would it cost your business if you lost a significant chunk of your data right now? How about out client data? Your data is only as secure as your IT networks and systems are. Find out which are the most overlooked (and easy to fix) security issues many business owners ignore until it’s too late.
Are you certain your technology is a sure thing?
In our experience of working with SMBs for over a decade, nine out of ten companies have undetected vulnerabilities that could lead to an IT disaster. Identifying and addressing these in due time is crucial. Our whitepaper contains a two-minute self-analysis of the potential vulnerabilities, to give yourself and your business the confidence you deserve.