Small businesses come from all walks of life – some are independent manufacturers, others are local retail stores and some are corner coffee shops that cater to consumers eager to start their workdays. Although these examples differ immensely in terms of their markets, they are similar in one respect – they all require access to IT solutions in some capacity.
In today’s world, what was once simple and straightforward is no longer. Companies can no longer purchase a dumb terminal to connect to their computer system and be done with it. We are now faced with overwhelming technology choices with many complicated and sometimes confusing decisions to make.
Do employees need traditional desktops, laptops or tablets to perform their jobs? Should you allow employees to use their own smartphones or tablets (BYOD – Bring Your Own Device) or do you need to provide them? Do these devices need to run the same operating system or can a different OS be used from device to device? How do you backup and protect all of your data?
Smartphones have become a business necessity and are nearly ubiquitous throughout organizations. Technology is pervasive throughout every area of our lives; personally, professionally, everywhere. How do you manage all of these devices (MDM – Mobile Device Management)?
Small businesses that provide services and products to other companies likely need a customer relationship management suite to manage client interactions and synchronize sales, marketing and service departments. Firms adopting CRM software for the first time may be overwhelmed by the number of options available. Should an owner choose Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, Sage or Oracle?
Companies relying on legacy equipment may need to refresh their IT infrastructure by either replacing these tools with more modern options or taking the cloud computing route. The cloud has greatly impacted how small businesses function on a daily basis. Now firms no longer have to worry about the upkeep of hardware and software because such tasks are handled by a third-party vendor. However, so many service providers have entered the field, making it more difficult than ever for organizations to select a solution to fit their needs.
These are questions that are not always so cut and dry for an owner or a small business without an IT background.
Let Beringer be your one-stop shop
With so many decisions that must be made, it is not surprising that small businesses look to outside sources for support. But like any of the above examples, the process of choosing a third-party vendor is not a simple one for customers.
Some small businesses employ the services of multiple vendors to handle their IT-related needs, but these firms should want a streamlined approach to their operations, not a disparate one, which is simply not possible if too many service providers are in place.
This is what Beringer Associates offers and it is a way for small businesses to maximize their use of IT to gain that competitive advantage. We pride ourselves on managing client expectations – if something is not achievable, we will tell you and promise to deliver sustainable results from start to finish by analyzing companies’ unique operating demands to provide a customized approach to their tech-related needs.
Whether your small business is planning to replace its computers with newer devices, distribute smartphones to the workforce or adopt cloud computing and CRM for the first time, Beringer Associates will make sure each and every decision is made to support your company’s long-term growth potential. We will be your eyes and ears for any decision – big or small – to let you do what you do best, whether that is to manufacture local products for other firms, run a retail store or brew some of the finest coffee around.