Startups often possess vision and drive in abundance, but lack financial resources. At the same time, they require technological support as they get their businesses up and running. Being able to achieve a high level of technological capability without breaking the budget is critical.
One solution is for startups to hire managed IT service providers (MSPs), like Texas Systems Group. An MSP can offer startups, and other businesses, comprehensive IT services for a fraction of what it would cost the startup to implement these services themselves. There are several reasons that MSPs are affordable solutions for startups.
Startups typically start out small. A few employees, a single product, a local focus, form the foundation of the new business. Over time, however, that business hopefully grows. As it grows, it’s IT needs expand as well.
An MSP offers a startup an affordable IT solution by offering scalable services. This means that the startup can pay only for those services that it needs in the beginning. At the same time, the startup can access additional services and capabilities as it, and its technology needs, grow.
There is no need for the startup to pay for more than what it needs at the beginning, and no need to make expensive conversions to new providers as time passes. An MSP handles all of the company’s IT needs, no matter how small or large that company becomes.
Keeping data safe is critical for any startup. Losing data means losing customers’ trust, losing customers’ business, and losing money. Every hack, security breach, or hour of downtime is a financial loss. Preventing those losses can be well worth any financial investment required.
Managed IT service providers offer startups a way to access cutting edge security within their budget. For example, the MSP can offer cloud backup, disaster recovery, antivirus and malware protection, and more. These services both reduce the instances of hacking and breaches as well as provide quick and reliable data restoration should a disaster occur.
As a result, startups can avoid data losses, security breaches, and costly downtime without needing to implement their own IT security measures. This saves them money both upfront, when paying for security, and down the line, in the form of fewer breaches, more trust with customers, and less downtime.
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Most MSPs offer their services for a single monthly rate. This rate is lower than what you would pay if you purchased these services separately or created the infrastructure to handle those tasks in-house. Thanks to this low monthly rate, startups can afford to access a wide range of important IT services without exceeding their budgets.
In addition, the dependability of a single monthly expense allows startups to budget confidently. They always know what they are going to pay for their IT services, so they can always allocate their finances without worrying about unforeseen IT expenses. When they need to scale up their services, they simply contact their MSP to get a new monthly rate for their new services.
MSPs like Texas Systems Group do not just react to IT problems when they occur. Instead, they proactively seek out and deal with issues before those issues have a chance to impact your company’s IT infrastructure.
This proactive approach can save startups, and other businesses, money by quickly resolving issues before they lead to major downtime, data breaches, or system crashes. As a result, MSPs offer startups a way to save money they would have otherwise spent reacting to problems that had already occurred.
Replacing equipment can be a large expense. Keeping your equipment and IT infrastructure in good working order can extend its life and prevent costly replacements. For startups looking for affordable IT services, having reliable equipment that is maintained for them can be critical.
Managed IT service providers conduct this maintenance for you. They make sure that the IT infrastructure and equipment is in top working order at all times. They take responsibility for keeping track of installing upgrades and security patches and completing other maintenance tasks. As a result, they provide startups with reliable services for a fraction of the cost.
Most startups do not possess the financial or physical resources needed to have in-house IT support services. MSPs solve this problem by providing remote IT support. The physical infrastructure remains largely off-site. The startup does not have to make room for this infrastructure or pay for its purchase and installation. This solution is ideal for startups that need to minimize both cost and space requirements.
If you are a startup in the Austin area, you may want to consider IT managed services in Austin. These services are affordable, and they have the potential to save you significant amounts of money in the long run. Managed IT services in Austin offer you scalable services and cutting edge security, while charging you a single monthly rate. These services can catch problems before they occur, thanks to a proactive approach. They offer maintenance and remote support so your startup does not have to worry about creating the physical or financial space for these things.
If you need MSP support, reach out to Texas Systems Group. We offer a wide range of services for many businesses, including high-tech startups. We can provide you with the comprehensive and affordable services your startup needs to thrive.
Nonprofit organizations traditionally face tight budgets that force them to make hard choices about how to spend their money. These organizations, however, also have legitimate needs that, when met, can help them thrive. Marketing dollars, for example, don’t earn money to pad CEOs’ pockets. They earn money the organization needs to fight childhood cancer, ensure a fair wage for women in third world nations, pursue potable water, and so forth.
Unfortunately, the benefit of spending money on nonprofit IT consulting can be a little harder to see sometimes. That might be why nonprofits often fail to stay up to date on security, data, and technological advancements that could benefit them. However, when done right, technological support for nonprofits can help these organizations to more effectively reach their goals and advance their causes.
A nonprofit has many people it needs to reach. Donors, volunteers, even the people the nonprofit is designed to benefit, all need to know the organization exists and how they can interact with it. In fact, reaching the right people is critical to a nonprofit’s survival.
Nonprofit IT consulting can help. For example, data management solutions can make it easier to identify high-value donors, track interactions in order to create more effective follow up with potential donors or volunteers, or even identify potential beneficiaries of the nonprofit. One organization used data management solutions to increase the number of human trafficking and child marriage victims it was able to identify and rescue.
Nonprofit organizations are often trying to accomplish a great deal with limited resources. Time devoted to technology may be time that is taken away from pursuing other organizational goals.
Reducing the load on nonprofits is one of the benefits of nonprofit IT consulting. This service can create, implement, and maintain technological solutions without compromising the organization’s ability to pursue its other goals. And, it can do so more effectively because these professionals bring expertise to their jobs that surpasses that available within the nonprofit itself.
Creating efficiency within technological processes can help organizations save money and achieve their goals more effectively. For example, saving time on identifying potential donors leaves more time for convincing them to participate in your organization’s goals. Identifying areas that can be streamlined, and identifying solutions that improve upon organizational efficiency, is the domain of nonprofit IT consulting. This technological support evaluates an organization’s IT needs and finds ways to meet these needs while reducing cost, time, and confusion in order to improve the overall functioning of the organization.
Every nonprofit is different. As a result, their technological needs are all different, as well. When you hire an IT nonprofit consultant, you can expect to receive support that is tailored to your organization’s goals and needs. Rather than offering a one size fits all approach, the consultant will identify your organization’s core technological needs and find a solution that meets these needs.
Whether those needs be staying within a strict budget, improving reach to target populations, increasing donor monies, improving volunteer interactions, and more, these solutions will fit your organization. As a result, these solutions will enable your organization to continue advancing its unique mission in effective ways.
Financial realities must always be considered when pursuing technological support for your nonprofit. The right support will recognize and honor these realities. wFor example, here at Texas Systems Group, we can provide solutions that are innovative and less expensive than are traditional approaches. As a result, we can enable nonprofits to reach their technological goals with the budget available to them.
Technology and technological improvements can help to advance your organization’s mission in meaningful ways. For example, your mission of raising money to feed children in a third world nation might be advanced by implementing security solutions that make donors feel more confident in giving their sensitive personal information to you.
You can expect your IT consultant to keep your organization’s mission in mind as they assist you with your technological needs. Their support will always consider your end goals and needs, making their solutions a tailored, and effective, fit for your nonprofit.
Nonprofit IT consulting is a great way to advance your organization’s mission and meet its needs while facing the unique challenges that being a nonprofit brings. It is not a splurge, and it is not superfluous. Instead, it can contribute to your organization’s ultimate goals. By allowing you to reach critical members of your community more effectively, reducing the load your organization faces, improving efficiency and cost savings, and doing all of this within your budget, goals, and mission, it can help you to run a more effective organization.
If you need assistance with your IT needs, do not hesitate to reach out to Texas Systems Group. We have years of experience providing forward-thinking and tailored solutions to nonprofits of all kinds. As a managed service provider, we are proud to help support the many nonprofits that are making a positive difference, and we can provide the forward-thinking support your organization needs in a way that is tailored to your specific nonprofit.
Even if your organization uses a Managed IT Service Provider with many security solutions guarding you against hackers, you still may fall victim to a cyberattack. If you, your employees or colleagues practice unsafe habits online, you could be leaving the door wide open for bad guys to steal sensitive information, infect your network and hinder your daily operations. Employees are one of the biggest threats to your data security, even with other effective solutions in place.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was created in collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure you have the resources needed to stay safer, more secure online. We want to take the opportunity this month to educate you on what you can do to help protect your organization’s sensitive data.
It’s everybody’s responsibility to understand what cybersecurity threats they are faced with and how to prevent cyberattacks in the workplace. The most effective way is to combine the efforts of your Managed IT Services with end-user education. We will provide helpful tips that you can use to ensure you are doing your part to stay safe online.
Take ownership of your social media cybersecurity. Every time you log in to a social network – whether on a computer or mobile device – make sure you are practicing safe habits. Especially if you use that same computer or device to access company information. Safe habits include being careful about what you post on social media, keeping your mobile apps up-to-date and ensuring your privacy settings are turned on.
We will take a look at ways to help keep your identity and sensitive information safe on the internet. This includes password best practices and how to shop online safely. We’ll also discuss what phishing is and ways you can spot a phishing email or message.
Keeping your personal information safe is important, but you must also do your best to protect your organization’s information. Remote workers are becoming more and more common, which increases the risk of exposing company data. We will discuss some easy tips to safely connect to public Wi-Fi and help reduce your risk of attacks.
Employee cybersecurity training coupled with robust Managed IT Service security solutions is the best way to effectively protect your organization against attacks.
Our Core Values defines our customer-centric service delivery and is the reason we are ranked as one of the top Managed IT Service Providers in Austin. We hire, review and sometimes release employees back into the workforce based on their performance in these 5 areas. They are key in our ability to deliver our Texas friendly, honest and caring IT support to our clients.
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“Whenever we’re looking to hire a new employee or even review our current employees, we use our Core Values for the basis of those discussions. It helps serve our clients because we are able to have a similar mindset. When you’re able to work with someone who’s Humbly Confident like you are, it helps us all to be on the same page and collaborate better together. In the end, helps serve our clients because we’re able to give them the best service and consistent service that they can expect from us.”
“I would describe the Core Values as being like legs on a table. They all need to be there for everybody to deliver the kind of service that’s expected of us. If you’re not Humbly Confident, you’re not going to want to Learn, Grow, and Improve. If everyone’s not Learning, Growing, and Improving then the Commitment to the Team is going to suffer. We want to Operate with Integrity and Professionalism to make sure that we can deliver the highest quality of service that we can and Strive for Excellence. All of those values are there in order for us to do our job the right way.”
“I would say that Committed to the Team is the Core Value that sets us apart from other companies, mainly because we are such a team-oriented environment. When people come into work they work hard for the betterment of the company. And one of the things I love about this place is that pretty much the second that you even look like you’re in need of help, someone recognizes it and someone offers to assist you. And that’s how our techs are with our customers and it’s just an extremely accommodating and supportive environment.”
“Being part of the Operations Team, we deal a lot with the goals that we set and we set the bar relatively high. We have no issues passing that bar each time. But it’s kinda that drive for excellence and all the team members really pushing to meet those values and metrics. I think that really sets us apart from any other place I’ve seen.”
“IT support customers want to be treated like people too, and I think that a lot of places kind of miss that. Professionalism and integrity are essential to creating a good relationship with the customer in a friendly way, being able to help them with their issue. I think that that’s really important for customers to feel like they can call you and talk to you about anything.”
“Our Core Values at Texas Systems Group are essential to our success because these Core Values define who we are. It’s the principals we live by, defines our culture. More importantly, it helps us bring a unified team together that believe in the same common purpose. With this common purpose of wanting to provide our Texas friendly, honest and caring IT support we’re able to deliver just phenomenal customer service.”
If you didn’t get a chance to come to our Open House & Technology Showcase on Thursday, September 12th, we’re sorry you missed out! It was a great night and everyone enjoyed themselves. Food and drinks were consumed, photos were snapped, fun was had, and some pretty sweet prizes were given away.