• Migrating Your Data
    Business Data

    Migrating Your Data

    Any company that has been in business for more than a decade at some point will have to migrate their data from old fashioned paper to more innovative technologies.  Even older data systems become outdated and they are too hard to update or maintain.  Having data on older systems makes access inconsistent or even impossible.  Migrating your data is simply the process of moving your business records to a new server or other type of storage device.  Let’s look at what’s involved in moving your data.

    Old Formats

    Data may need to be rewritten into a newer format so that it works with newer technologies.  You may also have data in a combination of formats including out of data databases and of course paper.  Most people change because business is growing and old methods of storing data just don’t work for them anymore.  If you have multiple sources of data that weren’t connected before your data migration process can turn into an extensive process.  If you use rental servers or “the cloud” to store their new data have the benefit of new technology without blowing your IT budget.  Cost isn’t the only reason that businesses opt for cloud storage, it also has great security.

    Benefits of Using Cloud Services

    The biggest benefit that any company sees is in the cost.  Buying servers isn’t cheap and for many small and medium sized businesses it is simply cost prohibitive.  You not only save money by using rented server space but it gives you the chance to test out the systems in the event that you want to purchase your own servers and software in the future.  If you want to own your servers then you also need to hire an IT department to look after the equipment and software.  That is an additional expense you don’t need if you use a cloud based service.  Here is a look at the benefits of cloud storage versus managing your own IT systems.

    Data migration can be a tedious process, but a necessary one.  You need to protect your business data while making it available to your business team for use.  Cloud data storage is not only secure but it gives you the ability to access your data from anywhere.  You can update customer information, create new accounts, perform accounting processes and follow the sales process all with the touch of a mouse.  Doesn’t that make the tedious task of migrating data worth it?  You will have better control of the processes that go on in your business.

  • Is Your Business Data Secure?
    Business Data

    Is Your Business Data Secure?

    Technology has evolved more in the past 30 years than in the last 200 years.  With that technology we have become reliant on huge amounts of data to keep our businesses running.  As a business owner the onus is on you to make sure that your data is secure.  We have all seen the aftermath of big companies that have had data breaches and how it impacted their business.  Let’s look at how you can secure your data, keep your customers information along with yours safe.

    How Data Has Grown

    It is estimated that the world’s information doubles every two years and corporate data grows at a rate of 60% each year.  However despite the growing amount of data that companies generate very few companies use the data that they collect.  At the same time nearly all companies claim that this data is what gives them the competitive advantage.

    Using Your Data

    In most companies you will find that not only is data poorly organized there aren’t policies in place to keep it secure.  Securing data should at the very least be an executive level of responsibility and not just left to the IT department.  Data allows you understand your customers and if used properly can give you an amazing advantage over your competitors.  A real live example is Tesco, they used their loyalty card data and used it to increase their market share but 50% in one year.

    Data Breaches

    Data is crucial to running your business but you also need to be concerned with security, almost three quarters of all businesses have had some kind of data breach.  Not only does this make it harder to run your business but it undermines consumer confidence.  Data breaches can range from something relatively minor to big breaches where consumer information is leaked.  Don’t be idle thinking it won’t happen to you, it has happened to big companies like Target, Yahoo, Google and Sony.  These data leaks can cost your company millions of dollars in damages and lost revenue.

    Security is Crucial

    Security is a must for both big businesses and small.  You can take steps to safeguard your company’s data by making sure that you understand security and that you have a team that is responsible for keeping everything secure.  Keep your hardware and software applications are current and kept up to date.  Statistics show that just keeping your software up to date can keep you safe from more than 90% of cyber attacks.  Don’t be afraid to consult with an outside team to keep your data protected, your very business could be at stake.