Focus: Remote Access
Are you out of the office and need access to your email and desktop PC? Ever been home and forgotten to take a critical document or spreadsheet with you? If so, you need a remote access solution. There are several alternatives:
- Remote Email: You can access your company email from any computer or device with a full-featured web browser.
- Remote Network: You can securely access any files or resources on your company network from outside the office.
- Remote Desktop: you can access your desktop PC as if you were sitting at your desk.
Each of these solutions is a practical necessity for many businesses. Let us show you how to put them to work in your business.
Product Focus: Microsoft Small Business Server
Microsoft Small Business Server is a specially-packaged version of five enterprise-level products:
- Windows Server 2003 - basic server networking functions and security
- Microsoft Exchange - company-class email server
- Sharepoint Services - basic document collaboration and storage
- Application/Web Server - allows you to run internal network applications
- SQL Server - basic database and reporting functions
This special packaging gives small businesses the same functions as much bigger companies - at a fraction of the big company price. All while expanding with your business.
Small Business Server can support up to 75 computers and network devices with modest, inexpensive server hardware.
For many small businesses, Microsoft Small Business Server provides many business advantages over a collection of separate PCs. We can show you how SBS can help your business.
Let us install SBS in your office to protect your data and enhance your productivity. SBS is designed to be remotely administered (by companies like us) so you don't need your own in-house geek or IT staff. We can get you - and keep you - up and running and focusing on your business, not your technology.
Small Business Email & Office Networks
Have you outgrown your current systems (are you still trying to run your business on Windows 98)? We can provide your business with a technology migration path that will specify when you should progress from separate, unlinked computers to a managed computer network with centralized file and data storage and communications.
Small Business Email Systems
Are you still using a hotmail or yahoo email address to run your business? Having your own email address (email@example.com) makes you look more professional. Are you waiting minutes or hours to receive a document sent by your officemate? Or are you in one of the business areas that are subject to the new document retention and discovery provisions? If any of these is true, then it's time to upgrade to server-based email.
Server-based email is having your own separate email system just for your company. It's more secure because emails between employees never leave the office, and all emails can be backed up nightly (for reliability as well as to meet retention requirements). Having your own email server means you have ultimate flexibility of how your emails are routed. Want a public email address for "firstname.lastname@example.org" that deposits incoming messages into a common folder that can be read by all your sales staff? No problem. Want someone to be able to automatically forward their messages to someone else when they are on vacation? Again, no problem. You can also do more advanced things like receiving incoming faxes and voicemail messages as email attachments.
Small Business File Storage & Printing
If you're like many small businesses, you started operations with one or two separate PCs. Since then, you've maybe hooked up a small network to allow them to share an internet connection, but they still operate pretty much stand-alone. Each user's documents are stored somewhere on the C:\ drive, and each computer likely has its own attached printer. What happens when you need to exchange files? Are you emailing them to someone across the office because you have no easy way to share them? What happens when one of the hard disks crashes or is infected by a virus - have you just lost half of your business data? At some point, most businesses realize that their business data is critical and needs to be protected. The best way to do that is to implement a server-based network.
A server-based network centralizes many PC functions - user logins, file and document storage, printer sharing, network fax - and can take advantage of hardware reliability technologies such as RAID to make sure that information is not lost if there is a hardware failure. In addition, it provides additional flexibility in the way you run your business. These are only a few of the advantages - Let us show you more!
Information Management and Collaboration
Server-based networking also provides some other benefits for information management and collaboration. Have you ever had to review a document that someone else authored, make comments or changes, then give it back to them for final publishing? How do you keep up with which version is the correct one (especially if more than one person is reviewing)? The answer is a collaboration tool that keeps track of each version, who last saved it, and what changes were made.
Advanced collaboration tools allow employees - either across the room or across the country - to discuss documents in real-time and to each see the changes as they are made. They can also route documents along a review path, and keep track of the intermediate and final versions (in case you need that paragraph that someone else deleted three versions ago). Let us show you how there's more to life than emailing word documents around to your coworkers.