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7 IT TIPSFOR SMALL BUSINESS
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in-
creasingly find that their IT system is a crucial
part of their operating infrastructure. From giving
out quotes to taking and filling orders or schedul-
ing and organising mission critical processes, a
well-functioning IT system can be essential to opti-
mising your company’s performance. We’ve com-
piled 7 IT tips that can help you get the most out of
your IT assets.
Computer Cleaning: • Ensure your computer’s interior is clean is
essential to keeping your hardware working as
long as possible.
• Various foreign objects and dust
can lead to blocked cooling
fans, causing your hardware to
overheat and potentially even
Hardware Checkups: • Regularly performing diagnostic tests on your
hardware can help extend its lifespan and avoid
• One free diagnostic resource
you can use is the Windows Disk
Defragmenter utility, which offers
functionality designed to help keep
your disk drive in good condition.
Cloud backups: • This method solves the problem of redundancy
in regards to location that can face SMEs based
in a single location.
• Backup over the cloud takes
advantage of massive, highly
secure server farms in redundant
Separate system backups:• When backing up to a device that your company
controls, make sure that this device is not
customarily connected to your main IT system
• Disconnect the device after the
backup is complete, or to use USB
sticks to transfer data to a backup
system which will not be affected if
a virus or some other system fault
occurs on your main system.
Schedule regular service checkups for hardware
Backup your data
Keep manufacturer ’s warranties & software versions current: • When purchasing expensive hardware, it is crucial
that you keep the manufacturer’s warranties
associated with those warranties current.
• Care should be taken when it comes to
keeping your software and operating system
updated to the most recent version offered by the
Significant advantages include:• Affordable access to a wide variety of solutions
• Enhanced IT usage flexibility
• Improved data security
• Enable focus on your company’s
Beyond Back Ups• A business continuity plan goes beyond simply
backing up data and allows you to make a copy
of your entire operating environment in case of an
outage of system malfunction of some sort.
• You can simply restore the saved image of your
environment and continue working while your main
environment is repaired or debugged.
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Protection: • Whether a business is large or small, setting
up a firewall is recommended to protect against
malicious software programs, whether in the form
of malware, viruses, or ransomware.
• A firewall’s main function is to protect a network
from outside attacks. It acts as a barrier designed
to protect a company’s internal network from an
insecure outer network, such as the Internet.
• To decide what type of business class firewall is
most appropriate for your business, it is necessary
to determine how many users utilize your network.
The greater protection businesses need can be
provided by two main types of firewalls:
• SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) <50 users
• Enterprise class >50 users
Growing businesses need IT Infrastructure • Many SMEs find that as their business grows,
their IT system needs increase correspondingly.
• Managing the growth of your business and your
IT infrastructure can be a challenge.
• Instead of ramping up your IT staff and
expenditures, it makes sense to outsource this
function to a managed IT services firm.
• This approach allows you to focus your
company’s energy and resources on doing what
you do best: operate your business.
Some of the advantages of using a managed
IT services firm include:
• More efficient scaling using
• Reduced commitments by using
Invest in a business class firewall
Outsource as needed