Play To Your Strengths
Managed IT services in Philadelphia can be instrumental in making your business a cost-effective operation. With new tech innovations, you can totally reconfigure your business in a way which could free up tens of thousands of dollars annually. One of the best ways to do this is through BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - solutions.
If you save $1,000 in equipment per employee, including desks, cubicles, and chairs, an office of twenty employees (which likely costs no less than $5k a month in rent) is spending around $20k on equipment that must be upgraded at least every five years. Meanwhile, if you can cut out the equipment and downsize the office (to say, $1,000 a month for management exclusively), then over the course of five years, you stand to save $260,000 or $52,000 annually. Now, these are all conservative estimates; your savings will likely be much higher with a 20-person office, but you've got to exercise best practices pertaining to BYOD for the sake of full advantage, otherwise, you'll end up shooting yourself in the foot. A few best practices to consider include:
- Ensure only devices that are approved are used
- Ensure all devices are properly secured
- Give employees rules of use
- Apps used should be vetted and approved beforehand
- Educate employees as to their responsibilities using a BYOD platform
Managed IT services in Philadelphia can help you determine which devices are 'safe' and which could cause issues. Third-party devices, or those from less-than-reputable providers, have a propensity to undermine operations through dint of poor manufacturing and easily exploitable vulnerabilities. You want employees using devices that won't intrinsically compromise your network. An MSP can help you find the right ones.
Devices need anti-virus, anti-malware, and tech support solutions. Additionally, it's best to operate from a remote desktop which uses two-step verification techniques. i.e., after entering a password, an employee gets a text message with a code that grants them access. The best DaaS (Desktop as a Service) options only allow manipulation of approved files within the remote desktop. No information can be pulled from it to a personal laptop, or put in from one.
Give Employees Rules
You've got to let your employees know their limitations. You can save on remote desktop solutions by informing employees they can't download or upload anything, but you've got to trust in altruism at that point. “Legislate” your employees wisely.
Avoid third-party apps, and any applications an employee will use must be approved beforehand, no matter how innocuous. Hackers tend to hide their Trojan viruses in the most harmless of applications.
Educate Employees Pertaining To Responsibility
You've got to let employees know the dangers they could put your company in through negligence. They shouldn't be gaming with the device they're using for work. There are many applications they shouldn't use either. Let your employees know; this will prevent hassle later.
Managed IT services in Philadelphia through Partners Plus, Inc. can help you roll out a BYOD solution that will save you tens of thousands annually. Additionally, we'll help you manage it, and exercise best practices to cut down on unwelcome or unexpected maintenance costs. Contact us to streamline your operations and conserve resources.