Another successful InnoTech Dallas/SharePoint TechFest is in the books! Congratulations to Scot Bowman with Freese & Nichols, who was the lucky winner of the customary Fulcrum Group Jar o’ Cash.
Today, Wednesday, May 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the DFW Business Intelligence Community meeting focus will be The Everchanging Cyber Threat Landscape for the Mid-Market, presented by David Johnson from The Fulcrum Group! More info, and link to RSVP on our Events page.
Our May Webinar – Top 5 Benefits of VCIO Services for SMBs – will be Thursday, May 25thfrom 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.RSVP today! After you signup, you can expect to receive an Outlook calendar appointment with all relevant details inside.
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Top 5 Benefits of VCIO Services for SMBs
For most small businesses, big picture IT planning is non-existent. Usually there’s no IT budget or technology plan, and technology is mostly a sunk cost, not really involved in business transformation.
The Fulcrum Group will show you how our VCIO Services (which are part of our SPOT Managed IT Services) can help you effectively budget and plan your IT, resulting in business transformation!
Budgeting Most SMBs have never properly budgeted for IT.
Technology Planning Planning for IT upgrades can ensure that your business experiences maximum uptime and reliability.
Advocate for your business Your VCIO is your advocate. He or she is always looking out for you, and advocates for you, within The Fulcrum Group, 3rd party vendors, and even your own business.
Business Transformation Your VCIO helps you transform IT from a cost center, to helping you drive profits and innovation within your business.
Fractional Costs You only pay a small portion of what a full-time CIO would cost.
Our upcoming webinar, Top 5 Benefits of VCIO Services for SMBs, will zoom in for a closer look at these benefits. Don’t miss out – RSVP today!
Why Your IT Equipment Does Not Belong In the Mop Closet
Companies depend on their IT equipment for their livelihoods. Why then would anyone house this critical equipment in locations that are not temperature controlled, and/or are subject to high humidity levels and dust?
Best practices dictate that your computer equipment should be located in a properly sized room, and with dedicated power (on it’s own separate circuit breaker).
Its a collective headache when an employee heats up a burrito in the microwave, inadvertently causing a circuit breaker to flip, and all of your technology goes down. As your organization gets larger, and more IT infrastructure is required, physical security will become more important, as will dedicated cooling systems. Most commercial office buildings with shared cooling systems do not operate 24×7 like your computer equipment does.
Other risks might include water leakage, lack of space or inefficient cabling (locating your cabling MDF in a non-central location). And don’t forget sufficient battery backups to ensure your critical IT systems have consistent and consistent, reliable power.
If you are moving to new offices, or renovating your existing offices, this could be the ideal time to relocate your critical IT equipment to a better, more secure location.
How many employees do you know that say to themselves, “I am going to go into work today and make a mess of things.” Hopefully, none! Most everybody has good intentions to do the best job possible based upon what they’ve been empowered with and trained to do.
As an organization grows, more of the work occurs outside of leaders’ direct line-of-sight. The number and complexity of decisions increase, as do the challenges of communicating and coordinating among the parts of the part of the organization. Leaders use repeatable, documented processes to guide the organization beyond their direct line-of-sight, and to allow their influence to persist over time. A repeatable process can be defined as a set of actions that are documented and can be easily duplicated.
Recently on our blog, we offered up some additional ideas to help you develop and implement processes that will help your organization grow successfully!
Did You Know…VCIO Services
Did you know that Fulcrum Group’s SPOT Managed IT Services includes VCIO services? Contact your Fulcrum Group Account Manager via email or at 817-337-0300 for more details.
Outsource your IT support to the Fulcrum Group for improved performance and “no worry” computing. While many technology issues can be handled remotely, we complement our remote support tools with the personal touch of regular onsite visits, to better stay in synch with our clients and better uncover ways to improve the business.