Small businesses represent a growth market in the UK business landscape. Almost a fifth of all firms in the country are SMEs. They work so well because they are built on drive, passion and determination. In a difficult financial climate a SME is streamlined and flexible enough to weather the storm. Their size is a strength, but with a baggy and ill-fitting IT system it can be more of a hindrance than a help.
Why do it? Sometimes a SME will model their set-up on a larger firm, instead of playing to their strengths. Alongside their colleagues and team they will employ an IT expert to work in-house. Expensive and representing an on-going increasing investment this could represent a drain on resources, rather than providing the technology or service you need. An IT member of staff needs regular training and investment to keep up to date on new technology. Chances are they specialise in one area or have particular preference for one particular set-up, whether this suits how you work or not.
This is a drain a big company can absorb, for the time being, but a small one can’t.
Hosted Exchange 2010 offers the opportunity to pick and choose the services that suit your company and staff. You have a bank of knowledge on tap when and where you need it so you rely on your provider to have the answer. Technology updates are cheaper as the upgrade will be delivered as soon as it arrives and if it matches your needs by a dedicated account manager.
It is the bespoke service that makes the biggest difference, and to be honest, doesn’t this reflect how you do business as well? Hosted Exchange can be cut to fit your needs. Up to ten email aliases for a team, push technology for mobiles so you can work on the go and work stored in public folders and subfolders if your staff work from home. It is efficient, generates better communication and is cost-effective; from £2.95 a month with MessageStream it won’t break the bank.
Small businesses represent an important part of the UK jobs market. Flexible and working in an entirely different way from big, multi-national firms their strength lies in their ability to be efficient, to give the client what they need while keeping their own costs down. Using an IT solution that doesn’t help a small business achieve this seems a lot like shooting yourself in the foot. IT is a core operation for a small firm. If it doesn’t work properly it can hinder the whole operation of the company. Opting for a streamlined and bespoke IT solution that matches your SME could be the best business decision you make this year.