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Top Five IT Challenges That Frustrate
Business Owners
Our experience has shown us that most small to
mid-range business owners experience a common
set of IT issues that not onl...
Backup and
Disaster Recovery
Issues
1
.
Having a reliable backup
and disaster plan is
essential to long-term
business success. Many
companies have a
sketchy backu...
Businesses should develop an IT disaster
recovery plan…Identify critical software
applications and data and the hardware
t...
New Technology
Integration
Issues
2.
Adding new technology or
business software to
current systems is a large
challenge. Many businesses
need the upgrades to s...
Security Issues
3.
Hackers are becoming more
skilled in finding credit card
and HR data at small to mid-
range businesses. Often
businesses m...
Your business should implement a
group of best practices to protect
your valuable business data.
1. Train your employees i...
Root Causes to Problems
Are Discovered &
Addressed
4.
Step back and examine
in detail the root causes
of persistent IT
problems. This isn’t easy
but doing so will save in
futur...
Lack of Strategic
IT Planning
5.
Would your business be more
efficient if IT and overall
business planning were
aligned? IT requirements are
central in day...
Combined Systems
Technology has focused on the
IT requirements of small to
mid-range buisnesses in
Central Iowa since 1980...
The network engineers at
Combined Systems Technology
[CST] are available for consulting
and engineering services with
proj...
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Top 5 IT challenges that frustrate business owners

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The top 5 IT challenges that frustrate most business owners and managers. Discover what we have found to be the top 5 IT challenges facing small and mid-range businesses today.

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Top 5 IT challenges that frustrate business owners

  1. 1. Top Five IT Challenges That Frustrate Business Owners
  2. 2. Our experience has shown us that most small to mid-range business owners experience a common set of IT issues that not only irritate them – but often limit or interfere with their business operations. On the following pages are the commonly found issues.
  3. 3. Backup and Disaster Recovery Issues 1 .
  4. 4. Having a reliable backup and disaster plan is essential to long-term business success. Many companies have a sketchy backup plan or often don’t have a plan at all. Data Integrity is everything to a successful business.
  5. 5. Businesses should develop an IT disaster recovery plan…Identify critical software applications and data and the hardware to run them… Document the IT disaster recovery plan as part of the business continuity plan. US Department of Homeland Security ready.gov website
  6. 6. New Technology Integration Issues 2.
  7. 7. Adding new technology or business software to current systems is a large challenge. Many businesses need the upgrades to stay competitive and grow their profitability. But many companies have very little experience in selecting or adding the new technology.
  8. 8. Security Issues 3.
  9. 9. Hackers are becoming more skilled in finding credit card and HR data at small to mid- range businesses. Often businesses make it very easy to be compromised. Many businesses haven’t taken enough steps to protect their sensitive data. If your business has credit card data or electronic HR records, you are a target for cyber thieves.
  10. 10. Your business should implement a group of best practices to protect your valuable business data. 1. Train your employees in acceptable use, proper email etiquette and password policies. 2. Defend your business by installing a network firewall. 3. Have regular data backups and store them off-site. Test the backup on a regular basis. 4. Use consultants or IT experts to assist in designing a layered IT defense.
  11. 11. Root Causes to Problems Are Discovered & Addressed 4.
  12. 12. Step back and examine in detail the root causes of persistent IT problems. This isn’t easy but doing so will save in future service calls for the same issues. Placing a Band-Aid on the problem only delays the resolution and costs. A careful analysis of the core problems and a timely resolution often improves employee productivity and morale.
  13. 13. Lack of Strategic IT Planning 5.
  14. 14. Would your business be more efficient if IT and overall business planning were aligned? IT requirements are central in day-to-day business operations. Having an technology plan is crucial for long-term business growth.
  15. 15. Combined Systems Technology has focused on the IT requirements of small to mid-range buisnesses in Central Iowa since 1980. We specialize in technology upgrades, backup strategies, network security and technology assessments. Our engineers can identify your key IT requirements and offer recommendations.
  16. 16. The network engineers at Combined Systems Technology [CST] are available for consulting and engineering services with projects, large or small. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost initial consultation. 515-270-5300 800-944-2966 info@cstoncall.com www.cstoncall.com Clive, Iowa

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