File Sharing: 4 Reasons You Don’t Use Consumer Grade

As the digital transformation begins to gain traction in the market for business technology. File sharing continues to lead many to a more efficient work path. Starting with file sharing through iCloud, and Google cloud. Followed by the Dropbox adoption, and now into Slack’s interface, using drag and drop mechanics, with little permissions around sharing or asset management.

File sharing services are very common these days, and it’s easy to see why. These online services provide an easy way to store files in the cloud, where you can readily access, and share them, from a variety of devices. Many of these services are free of charge, too – up to a point.

For personal files, these solutions do a great job, since they are free! If you’re only sharing personal files – vacation pictures or non-sensitive personal communications – security is NOT a paramount concern. But beware of using consumer-grade solutions for your business.

These personal file sharing services are a prime target for hackers, and you owe it to your business, and all your business contacts to protect data you’re storing and sharing.

For businesses that want to use the convenience of file sharing apps, it is wise to make sure the solution you choose has business-level capabilities such as:

  1. Encrypted data – keeping data safe, during editing, in-transit, and at rest.
  2. Controls – not every user’s needs are the same, and not every user’s privileges should be the same.
  3. Customization – it should appear to the people with whom you’re sharing information that the program you’re using is a part of your company – not a “freebie.”
  4. No Such Thing as Free – at some point, your organization will reach a scale where these solutions can no longer be viable.
    1. (Dropbox & G-Suite are capped capacity, unlike similar O365 variants)

Clare Computer Solutions can help your company get set up for a business-grade file sharing solution, tailored to fit your business needs – Contact us today to get started.

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How To Devise A Budget That Includes Your Disaster Recovery Plans

Planning and disaster recovery, more importantly, budgeting, is one of those tasks few business continuity managers look forward to completing every year. After all, it can become a pretty involved, and complicated processes for anyone, often seen as sobering to tally-up the final bill. Love-it or hate-it, devising a business disaster recovery (BDR) budget is…

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Use Managed Services to Expand IT Support for Your Company

If your business is doing well, then it’s growing. Growth is desirable, but it presents some challenges that must be addressed for your company to fully realize the benefits of that growth. One challenge is increasing the IT support to serve the needs of an expanded infrastructure and workforce. That is where a Managed Services Provider comes in.

If you have an internal IT staff, you can add more people, of course. But hiring staff is time-consuming and expensive. When costing out new assets it’s best to consult a local salary guide, so you know the total cost including any benefits offered by your company. There is a better way: Engage the services of a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for added IT support. Always

Here are the benefits of IT support from an MSP (whether as sole-source or as a supplement to existing IT staff):

  1. Overall cost is less than a full-time employee
  2. Managed Services augments an entire IT staff, not just one person. (Creating no gaps in coverage for vacations or illness)
  3. An MSP can provide vCIO services to aid in:
    1. Strategic planning
    2. IT budgeting
    3. IT projects (Planning, Execution, & Management)

An MSP will have procedures and tools to work with an in-house IT staff to supplement their knowledge and skills, plus add expanded monitoring, maintenance, and management for your entire IT infrastructure.  When you need to add new equipment due to technical refreshes or growth, a Managed Services Provider will have relationships with vendors, and buying power to receive highly competitive pricing.

Adding Managed Services to your IT support will make your business more nimble and efficient.  Clare Computer Solutions has helped hundreds of companies realize the true power of technology, and how to leverage technology in a more strategic way. It starts with a conversation – contact us to get started.