Our 'Ask the Expert' question for June is answered by Ann Merrick, Managing Director of Infineo, a Microsoft Partner and Small Business Specialist.
The question is: We're a small group of busy people trying to grow our business as quickly as possible. We're conscious that we need to use technology to help achieve this, but we haven't got the expertise or the time to get too involved in that side of things. And we don't really want to hire an in-house IT specialist right now. Is there a low-cost, low-hassle answer?Ann talks through the benefits of hosted technology for small businesses who perhaps don't have the skills or the time to get too involved in technology and don't have the resources to hire an in-house expert, but who nevertheless understand that they need to have the technology to back up their business offering. "As long as you have broadband connectivity, there are enormous benefits to be gained by setting up a ‘virtual office' - using software which lives online instead of on your PC. Firstly, this means you don't have to be in the same place as your colleagues to collaborate with them effectively - some companies even dispense with traditional office buildings altogether. Equally important for any smaller operation, the virtual office reduces the expense of your technology because you simply ‘rent' what you need. "By combining several server technologies in this way under one Microsoft licence, hosted Small Business Server offers small businesses like yours the best of both worlds - a business workhorse to keep pace with your expansion, plus very welcome cost savings. A virtual office based on hosted solutions also means that someone else takes care of your IT - allowing you to get on with running your business."
Read the article in full: Hosted technology based on SBS is affordable and hassle-free and find out more from Infineo.
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