SMBs play smart, use technology innovations to stay competitive

By VAR_Staffing
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October 17, 2012
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One of the hardest things for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to do is stay afloat against larger competition with deeper pockets. While the conglomerates can toss more money at a solution if it starts to falter, SMBs must be smart with their investments, as they may only get one chance to deploy a new system. This has lead many IT Principals of smaller companies to look for creative ways to maintain a punchers chance.

To get a better idea of what SMBs are dealing with and how they are handling it, tech blog Search System Channel interviewed Tim Howard, the chief technology officer of a New Hampshire-based IT solutions provider.

According to Howard, with innovations like bring-your-own-device (BYOD), cloud computing, instant information sharing and constant connectivity being considered a business standard, SMBs are seeing a number of tools that can be incorporated into their businesses to increase productivity.

"By outsourcing IT needs to managed service providers, they are able to increase the size of their IT department without breaking the bank," said Howard. "By either replacing the department with an external company or employing the external company to work with the IT employee(s), businesses save money by preventing costly security breaches. By partnering with the leaders in the industry, solutions providers can educate employees."

Smaller businesses need to be smart with their investments if they are going to stay competitive. Resources like VARs and MSPs can ensure SMBs have access to the latest technology or knowledgeable personnel to incorporate innovations. Solution Providers can offer assistance with permanent placement or project based staffing needs, and those that have partnered with VAR Staffing can offer the most impactful talent.

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