One of the most common questions asked of IT companies today is, “Does my small business need a server as one of our IT solutions?” Well, we have found that, usually, by the time you ask the question, the answer most often is, “Yes!”
Why is the answer to this question, “Yes?” Your small business will most likely need a server to improve your network management when you become frustrated with the following problems…
- People want to share files but they can’t. This will typically result in multiple versions of the same file contained on various, individual computers, leading to redundancy and inefficiency.
- People want to share calendars but they can’t. This will typically lead to scheduling, and rescheduling, of meetings and other hassles, such as missed bookings and even more frequent rescheduling of tasks.
- An employee leaves the company and takes their institutional memory with them. If there is no central, secure storage location of company files and data, it is very easy for that information to disappear with a former employee.
- One person’s computer has become the place for all shared files. It has also become the printer server. If this person changes a password, or does not come in to work for some reason, the data stored there may be unavailable to other employees.
- The growing need for tighter, more centralized network management of computer access and password management. An insecure system is the bane of all modern businesses. Protecting client information is critical, especially if you have personal information about your clients stored on your system. You don’t want to be sued for losing that information.