this is quite alarming isn’t it?
i mean, 1 of 3… and majority of them do use pc’s as their main system (all windwos
falvor). what does that really mean?
well, for starter it means that their system crashes often. it means most probably they do not have any type of identity theft available within their browsers. it means they do not use up2date email services.
mostly it means that these small businesses do not have a budget for an IT guru to setup and maintain their system. that’s pretty lame.
in 2010 most businesses rely on the internet as their means of communication both internally with co workers and customers/clients. email is yesterday’s snail mail.
back in the day (post google day, that is) having an IT guru manage your business meant, most probably, an exchange server, maybe an active directory, a set of pc’s (nt4 and up) and some apps to run the business logic. maybe CRM.
that would have cost you much, depending on the amount of stations and people within your company. pc’s would go back, hard drives would crash, memory sticks would die and lots of viruses would have gone through your firewall.
back in 1997 i managed the network of the tel aviv college for science. we had 3 different networks: solaris, nt4 and novel, with hundreds of stations. later on we added two more linux networks. all of which included a file server, mail server, web server, tape backup, domain controller, backup domain controller, cd tower and what not…
today i am happy to be able to provide all of these services single handedly. how? with google apps. i take it all to the cloud. in fact, i have been testing google apps since the day it launched and had not looked back since.
think about it for a second. it is all stored, stripped and backed up on google’s top servers. SLA gives you 99.9 uptime per year. managing it is a breeze (for someone in the know) – it just works. moreover, no need to pay licensing for office, maintain version compatibility nor answer silly questions.
if a hard drive dies – RIP. if a computer burns – RIP. heck, if an entire office burns down (a major concern for companies world wide after 9/11) – no problem. we buy a new computer, launch the browser and there you have it.
moreover, we sync it all to your smart phone and you have full access to your business 24/7. this type of platform increases productivity. it allows your employees to focus on getting the job done. period.
i encourage clients who do not have proprietary, desktop based, application that run their business logic, to go with linux. ubunto is a free option. if you have the funds, go with a mac. it will, by far, increase the throughput of your people.
spend your money wisely, save on hardware/software/operating system cost, save hundreds of dollars on a team of IT guys and take it to the cloud.
when i do custom development to clients, it is, more often that not, automation of some business process, or creating database driven application to assist them in seeing (literally) their business flow. nothing like a solid visual to help you make good business decisions.
guess what… when i do that, the application is web based. again, no client installation, no local cashing. all is on the cloud. the company is available from anywhere in the world for minimum cost and maximum efficiency. nowhere in the history of high tech did we see such a cost effective system that gives you so much freedom, reliability, flexibility, and especially scalability.
when it comes to high tech, soon enough you get caught up in these types of conversation: “yeah, sure, it is a good idea.. but will it scale?”. the question here is, can you go from 10 employees to 100 with your current system? or if you support an operations of 100 clients now, can you do it with 1000?
going obama on you, i will answer YES YOU CAN. in fact, i support several companies remotely with 100% satisfaction. the only issues i cannot handle is hardware failure. for that i need to fly in or sent a local techie to get things done (which is why i choose hardware very carefully).
point being, if you have an anti virus or not, what really matters is how you are set up. if you are all cloud base, then by all means, you don’t really need an anti virus. if you don’t – then you should, by all means, be worried.