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meeting-room-automation.jpg The new professional trend is Room Automation for Businesses. Top companies are combining state-of-the-art technology with their existing meeting or conference rooms to add innovation to the workplace while promoting green technology at the same time. Room automation creates easy regulation of multiple electronic devices by providing one simple interface that controls the technology.

use_technology_to_improve_your_business.jpg When you think about ways of using technology to improve your business, many things come to mind. Perhaps cutting costs, improving your systems, and updating software. Now, how do you make these changes occur? Sometimes business executives forget how easy it is to use technology. It's at their advantage in helping to improve all areas of their businesses. Here's a few tips to help make sure that your business is operating at a first-class level.

what_is_sharepoint.jpgWondering exactly what is Microsoft Sharepoint? Of all the business applications and programs that are available to organizations of varying types and sizes, Microsoft SharePoint may be one of the most misunderstood. Is it a website? A program for employee communication? Or just another platform to store documents? The truth is that it can be all of these things and more! We know, that just made it even more confusing, right? Well, the cool thing about SharePoint is that it can be utilized in so many ways, and your business needs can dictate how your SharePoint set-up serves you and your staff. Here are a few ways SharePoint is generally used by businesses like yours.

IT_assessment_value_for_your_business.jpgHave you ever had an IT or Managed IT Services provider give you a full business IT assessment of your company's technology? If so, you may have learned quite a lot about how your systems work for your business. Many organizations lose the opportunity to learn about their own IT environments. They either do not know about IT assessments or the power that an assessment can give them. If you've not taken advantage of a full network assessment, you should consider doing so now. Here are a few reasons why:

Business Cloud SolutionWhile the industry shift towards a business cloud solution seems to be grabbing everyone's attention, it is important to be aware of the dangers and risks associated with this transition. Although the cloud makes some aspects of data storage seem more convenient; there are a number of hidden costs and negative aspects that must be explored.

Many people assume that using the cloud will cut costs associated with maintaining hardware, personnel salaries, training, and more, but that is not necessarily the case. While the cloud may reduce initial costs, the recurring subscription fee over time adds up and can cost more than on premise servers depending on the regularity of updates your company requires. There are six key aspects to consider when making a decision to use on premise or a business cloud solution.

1. Regulations

Some industries are regulated by the government in regards to storing sensitive data. If your industry requires you to ensure the security of particular information, it is beneficial to have complete access and control of your data which is not possible through the cloud.

2. Security

If a company requires advanced security, they may have trouble finding a cloud service whose capabilities meet their needs. In addition, handing off the responsibility of security to a third party is a risk in it of itself.

3. Visibility

The location of where the data resides in a business cloud solution is unclear. Its a common concern across the board. Once you release confidential information to the cloud, you no longer have the capability to monitor its location.

4. Accessibility

The two factors that limit accessibility are bandwidth and legal restrictions. While the ideal server would allow access from all locations at any time, the bandwidth constraints might not support all users at the same time. In addition, other countries may have restrictions to specific internet content which proves problematic to global companies.

5. Latency

This issue of controlling latency is easy to deal with in private data centers; especially where you control the network end-to-end, but can be a major issue if all data is on the cloud.

6. Lack of trust

Trusting that your cloud provider will keep your data secure is one of the largest issues and most difficult to overcome. Noted, your level of trust may change as your needs change, but you must place some trust in your cloud service provider as you are giving them full control and access to your data. It is imperative to understand the risks associated with a business cloud solution and make a decision based on the needs of your company. Since the cloud contains information from a vast number of companies, it is a stronger target for hackers because of the multitude of information stored in it. If data privacy, accessibility, and control are important to your company, then an on premise server will serve you best. In addition, if your company does not require frequent updates, an on premise server is most likely going to cut costs overall. If you would like to learn more, contact CPI Solutions today.

The financial industry is always changing. When coupled with the constantly transforming landscape of business technology, financial firms must adapt quickly to keep up. Having a reliable and efficient IT infrastructure is key in being able to satisfy customers and clients, the best way to achieve this is to consider outsourcing IT with a Managed Services provider.