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Using the Cloud to Improve your Workforce

The New Standard of Managing a Remote Workforce

Team is what makes a business successful

The ability to collaborate in the cloud is becoming a key driver of competitive advantage - Forbes Media

Products may come and go. Services are another buzzword. Brands have a lifespan. Culture and leadership are the most important things a company  has. But technology can also serve as a tool to help guide that culture and leadership. So as your business grows and gets more complex– especially with work from home workers , you need an IT infrastructure to help.  

One thing is clear: “Out with the Old, and In with the New!”

→Email threads become a labyrinth.
→Document versions get lost in sync.
→Work from Home employees require flexibility.

Using the cloud means always being able to access your most important assets, whether they're Word docs, spreadsheets, or photos - PC Mag

Old-school IT systems – the kind you manage from your own servers – are no longer the norm and are not letting you progress!

These days, the advent of cloud computing and all the benefits that come with it have paved the way for collaborative cloud-based services that are reshaping how employees work together over the internet, whether it's a trio of founders at a startup or a mid-sized company with 500 staff - TechRadar

A New Normal for a New Workforce

The cloud is here to help you grow your business.

This guide shows some of the ways cloud-based applications and services can help your business:

→Speed up decisions
→Getting files faster and to the right team member
 →Making the most of company resources
→Increasing your security
→Minimizing your IT costs and overhead

Now it’s time to use them to modernize the way you work, and turbo-charge your team. And we’re here to help you every step of the way!

The best part of using an outsourced service is that upgrades and feature add-ons are automatic. Your company benefits from the latest and greatest and it's installed for you without any worry or work

We’re your local Miami-based IT Services provider! We specialize in helping companies simplify their IT systems, support work from home and improve collaboration by moving to the cloud – in easy, steps. We can help you transition to a simpler, more productive world while supporting you and your users with the best customer service.

Contact Nerds Support the premier IT Solutions Provider for a FREE IT Test!

Cloud computing solutions offers mobility and security for all your remote work business needs

How Miami Cloud Computing Can Increase Your Mobility at Work

If you have not yet embraced cloud computing services, you are missing something that is truly amazing and has tremendous staying power. It is not a fad; cloud computing is becoming an integral part of digital life. For the last ten years, the transition from software-based operations cloud computing has been quickly picking up speed.

In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic uprooted businesses and communities across the world. There were huge disruptions in almost every industry as companies sent their employees to work remotely.

As a result, businesses were forced to look for solutions on the cloud. Cloud computing is in a position to meet growing demand and alter the way enterprises operate. It’s a shift away from in-house, limited software and into a new era of collaboration and accessibility.

The Global cloud service market was projected to reach $266 billion in 2020, according to Gartner. And that was before there was a massive movement towards remote work.

What is Miami Cloud Computing?

As we just mentioned, cloud computing is the shift away from software. The term can vary from professional to professional and between different providers, but it is the use of virtual servers. Cloud computing eliminates the need for in-house IT management and frustration. Businesses store data over the internet instead of on devices. Companies pay for the services they need and employ a reliable third party to handle the hardware and software for the company. Many cloud-computing services include data storage and recovery, internet security, app accessibility, and data synchronization over the net.

How Miami Cloud Computing Increases Your Mobility at Work

If you are still afraid of completely relinquishing control to a cloud computing service, consider the many ways the service can increase your mobility at work. Mobility results in increased productivity.

  • Flexibility

A comprehensive cloud computing service will accommodate your business’s various devices and operating systems. Instead of having to completely undergo software overhauls, cloud computing is done over internet and it is designed to accommodate all of the various devices used. The gadgets and technologies are not changed to accommodate the service. Business can begin with the work computer, travel to the coffee shop to meet with a client, and pick back up on another continent.

Cloud platforms also for file and data sharing within the business which provides the flexibility to address issues more readily.

  • Ease of use

Access is as easy as turning on any device and authenticating your identity. Users will not have to worry about learning new software and operating systems. Team members within the company can focus on working instead of taking time out of their days to worry about learning new methods and software. Now your Apple docs and software will get along with your Windows products. Integration to a cloud computing service is seamless transition. The company will not have to pay for multiple software systems upfront. Instead, a monthly service subscription is in place to keep the costs low, productivity thriving, and company technology up to date.

Managed IT services can install and integrate your business to the cloud. However, the success of your business will depend on how you leverage those tools and connections.

  • Work can be completed remotely

From where do you want to work? You do not have to be in the office to be productive, to meet with clients, or to collaborate with your team members. If you have a laptop, your colleagues have a tablet, and your client is connecting with a smart phone, you can all come together with the cloud computing service and have access to the very same information instantaneously. Now work can be completed outside of the office and with the very same devices that you use on a daily business.

  • Quick recovery

Cloud computing is a great addition to a disaster recovery plan because it enables users to resume business if business is disrupted. Instead of having to close its doors because of a security breach, data loss, or human error, business can resume as usual in a different location.

The cloud offers tools and applications that provide disaster recovery support. Moreover, those tools can be set up by a skilled mid-level systems engineer trained in the cloud.

Reevaluate Your IT Strategy

Business leaders are often confronted with inefficiencies in their operation. It comes with the territory of running a business. Those bottlenecks, or points of congestion in a system, can stagnate a business and stop them from growing as they should. Pay attention to the bottle necks that arise in your industry and ask yourself whether they’re a product of existing technology or a failure to adapt to meet newer demands.

Prior to the cloud, businesses were trapped by massive overhead costs, infrastructure maintenance and more. When a natural disaster struck, they would struggle to bounce back as a result. Through a flexible cloud-based system businesses are better equipped to face pandemics, electrical storms, outages, and more without losing revenue, time, or productivity.

The biggest problem for many, however, is mindset. What is happening is that business owners are adopting cloud and remote capabilities with the idea of returning to the office some day. Instead of evaluating the practicality of office meetings, costs of internal IT and cyber security  they’re missing out on the chance to ask how things can be better.

The Long-Term Benefits of Cloud Computing

The physical limitations of an office have never been more apparent than in 2020. As businesses continue to operate remotely, many will stop relying on a physical space for their day to day operations. Small and medium sized businesses will choose more permanent remote options to save on costs associated with maintaining an office space. Furthermore, attaining top talent will not be a matter of who lives close to an office but who can get the job done. A cloud-based system will increase the pool of eligible candidates eligible to work in an organization, which will benefit both the employer and the employee.

Those without the proper cloud infrastructure in place will lose to those companies who can keep their businesses operational at all times. 44 percent of consumers with full-time jobs had changed how they did business back in February of 2020. Now, we’re seeing a fundamental shift in roles with regards to business continuity. In the future, assessing the remote readiness and cloud resilience will be the only way of ensuring business continuity during a crisis.

Businesses in the future will use digitalization to increase flexible, mobile and innovative strategies.  The cloud will significantly improve the ability to recover from crisis and scale accordingly.

Clearly, cloud computing can offer your several benefits. Here at Nerds Support, we specialize in helping people like you increase their mobility with the cloud.

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3 Big Security Lessons for Growing Your Business

Ransomware is rapidly becoming the most pervasive cyber threat in the world today. It’s affected large companies like Arizona Beverages and FedEx to government institutions like police departments and schools across the US.

Although many of these organizations are large is size and scope, you don’t have to be a multinational bank or the National Health Service to become a victim of ransomware and other types of malware. As a matter of fact, small and medium-sized businesses are just as likely, if not more, to be attacked by ransomware because in many cases they’re more vulnerable and less likely to recover.

What is ransomware? Ransomware is a computer program or virus that encrypts and freezes your data files unless you pay the perpetrator a fee. These are some things to consider when navigating a business in today’s world. There are the dangers everyone faces.

3 big security concerns for business owners

1.You’re never too small to get hacked

About 70 percent of ransomware attacks in 2018 target small businesses, according to a March report from Beazley Breach Response Services.

Ransomware finds its way into your system by exploiting flaws in your security perimeter, but, more likely, it gets downloaded by an unsuspecting user through an ostensibly harmless email or file. It can infect not only the machine that opened the corrupted file, but all the programs it shares throughout the network, spreading like a dangerous contagion, encrypting all the files on that network.  If the initially infected machine has access to back-up files, it’ll encrypt them as well.

It’s easy to assume big businesses would be the main targets of something like this, but cyber criminals go after small, lower risk payments instead of one large payment. Smaller attacks are likelier to keep them under the radar. It’s also important to know that one cybercriminal alone can target thousands of businesses with little to no difficulty. They use social engineering to manufacture a huge email list and infect countless links and files before sending them off to as many people as possible. All it would take is one staff member or employee in the office to click on a single link. Some businesses may avoid this kind of attack but it’s a numbers game. All it takes is patience and eventually a cyber-hacker will get what they want.

2. Paying Won’t be Easy

So what if you pay the ransom? That’s always an option.  You can pay, get your files back and move on. Well, not exactly.

Hackers and cybercriminals don’t use traditional bank accounts when conducting “business”. They’ll want to be paid in Bitcoin to an anonymous account on the Dark Web. It’s untraceable and easy to manage for even the most novice of hackers. Adding insult to injury, you’ll have to spend time you may not have trying to get your hands on crypto currency you need to make payments to someone that’s extorting you. Even if you go through this strenuous process and pay the hacker their fee, it’s not a guarantee you’ll get your data back.

3. Hacking is a reality that cannot be avoided

Most businesses and even government institutions haven’t taken cyber security as seriously as they should. 43% of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses, according to cyber defense magazine. Small businesses have minimal security and are therefore easier to breach.

In South Florida, it’s reasonable to assume you’ll experience a hurricane at some point. The environment in which you’re in often produces conditions favorable to those types of storms. In today’s world, with ever increasing reliance on technology and computer software in almost every industry, there will always be those looking to exploit vulnerability for profit. If you want to mitigate risks and continue to operate and grow your business, you’ll need to assume that getting hacked is inevitable. Prepare for the worst and you’ll have nothing to fear.

A Nerds Support partner, for example, has all of their files backed-up daily and monitored by our team of experienced engineers and IT professionals at all times. If there’s a questionable email, we can analyze it to ensure it’s safe and legitimate. Nerds Support has can help its partners establish a continuity plan in the case of an attack and snuff out potential risks before they become large vulnerabilities in your system.

A cloud based-infrastructure offers a level of security that is cost efficient and practical for any business. Contact us Today to Start Securing Your Business!