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Revolutionizing Architecture

Abtech Technologies as a Leading MSP for the Industry

The field of architecture relies heavily on technology to bring innovative designs to life, streamline workflows, and deliver exceptional projects on time and within budget. Abtech Technologies offers tailored solutions to support architects in optimizing their technology landscape, enhancing collaboration, and driving success in the architectural industry.

Here are some of the services we offer:

1. Cloud Services

Cloud technology has revolutionized the architecture industry by offering scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. Abtech Technologies offers robust cloud solutions that are customized to meet the specific requirements of architectural firms. With expertise in seamless migration and optimal performance, Abtech Technologies ensures a smooth transition while minimizing disruption to business operations. By leveraging the power of the cloud, architects can enhance their design capabilities, collaborate more effectively, and improve project management.

2. Microsoft 365 (M365)

As a leading provider of Office 365 solutions, Abtech Technologies understands the importance of efficient communication, document sharing, and real-time collaboration for architects. With M365, architects can leverage Microsoft Office applications combined with cloud-based collaboration tools to work seamlessly across devices and locations. This empowers architectural teams to boost productivity, streamline workflows, and adapt to the demands of the modern workplace.

3. Azure

Abtech Technologies offers Azure cloud services, which provide a flexible and scalable platform for hosting applications, managing data, and driving innovation. Azure’s comprehensive suite of services, including virtual machines, storage, networking, and AI capabilities, enables architects to reduce infrastructure costs, improve scalability, and accelerate the development and deployment of architectural applications. By harnessing the power of Azure, architects can bring their designs to life with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

4. Intune

With the increasing prevalence of remote work in the architectural industry, securing endpoints and managing devices has become essential. Abtech Technologies addresses these challenges by offering Intune, a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) solution. Intune allows architectural firms to secure and control access to corporate data, enforce policies, and manage mobile devices from a centralized console. By embracing Intune, architects can embrace the benefits of a mobile workforce while ensuring the highest levels of security.

5. IT Infrastructure and Hardware Solutions

Abtech Technologies understands the specific IT infrastructure needs of architects, who require powerful hardware and software to handle resource-intensive design and rendering applications. We provide architects with robust workstations, high-performance servers, and storage solutions to support their demanding tasks. By ensuring architects have the right tools and infrastructure, Abtech enables seamless workflow, faster design iterations, and improved productivity.

6. Software Management and Licensing

Architects heavily rely on a wide range of software applications for designing, modeling, and documentation purposes. Managing software licenses, updates, and compatibility can be a daunting task. Abtech Technologies helps architects streamline software management by providing centralized license management, ensuring compliance, and facilitating seamless updates and upgrades. By managing software licenses, architects can focus on their creative work without the burden of administrative overhead.

7. Collaboration and Project Management Tools

Successful architectural projects require effective collaboration among team members, including architects, engineers, contractors, and clients. Abtech offers collaborative tools and project management solutions that enable architects to streamline communication, share project files securely, and collaborate in real-time. These tools facilitate seamless coordination, faster decision-making, and improved project outcomes.

8. Data Backup and Security

Architectural projects involve extensive amounts of data, including design files, blueprints, and client information. Protecting this sensitive data is crucial for architects. Abtech Technologies ensures robust data backup and security measures, including regular backups, data encryption, and access controls. We also provide disaster recovery solutions to minimize data loss and downtime in the event of an unforeseen incident, such as hardware failure or a cybersecurity breach.

9. Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

In an era of increasing cyber threats and data breaches, architects need to safeguard their intellectual property and clients’ confidential information. Abtech Technologies implements robust cybersecurity measures to protect architectural firms from unauthorized access, malware, and data breaches. We provide network security solutions, implement firewalls, and conduct regular vulnerability assessments to identify and address potential risks. Abtech helps architects meet data privacy regulations and industry standards, ensuring compliance and maintaining the trust of their clients.

10. Scalability and Future Proofing

Architectural firms need IT solutions that can scale as their projects and teams grow. Abtech Technologies assists architects in planning and implementing scalable IT infrastructure, allowing for seamless expansion, and accommodating the evolving needs of their business. We provide guidance on emerging technologies and trends, helping architects stay ahead of the curve and future-proof their IT investments.

11. Compliance

Data privacy and regulatory compliance are paramount concerns for businesses.  at Abtech understands the complexity of compliance requirements and provides solutions to ensure your organization meets industry standards. We offer comprehensive compliance services, including data governance, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance frameworks. By partnering with Abtech Technologies, you can navigate the compliance landscape with confidence.

12. SOC Services

Protecting your digital assets from cyber threats is crucial in today’s interconnected world. Abtech’s Security Operations Center (SOC) services provide advanced threat detection, incident response, and 24/7 monitoring. Our team of cybersecurity experts leverages cutting-edge technologies to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks, safeguarding your organization’s critical data and infrastructure.

 

In the fast-paced and technology-driven field of architecture, Abtech Technologies stands as a trusted partner, offering tailored solutions to support architects in optimizing their technology landscape, enhancing collaboration, and driving success. From cloud services to Microsoft 365, Azure, Intune, IT infrastructure, software management, collaboration tools, data backup and security, cybersecurity, scalability, and compliance, Abtech Technologies covers a comprehensive range of services designed specifically for the architectural industry. By partnering with Abtech Technologies, architects can leverage the power of technology to bring their innovative designs to life, streamline workflows, and deliver exceptional projects on time and within budget. With a focus on reliability, security, and future-proofing, Abtech Technologies enables architects to stay ahead in a competitive industry and achieve their goals with confidence.

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Abtech Adds Axon 3 Bodycam to its portfolio of products and services

Abtech Adds Axon 3 Bodycam to its portfolio of products and services

Abtech has added the Axon Body 3 bodycam to our range of solutions.

Axon Body 3 is more than just a camera. Featuring enhanced low-light performance, reduced motion blur and an LTE connection that enables real-time features like live streaming, Body 3 empowers officers with the ability to clearly capture what actually happened when an incident occurs. Axon Body 3 is a valuable tool on providing real evidence from the scene of a crime.

Abtech is experienced in deploying Axon camera solutions. This includes pairing with devices to Axon View and operation of the camera.  This includes the setup of an agency domain with evidence.com for fully uploaded videos with category tagging.

Key Axon 3 Features

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Abtech Engineers Attain CJIS Level 4 Security Awareness Certification

Abtech Engineers Attain CJIS Level 4 Security Awareness Certification

We are proud to announce that 5 members of Abtech’s engineering team as attained Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Level 4 Security Awareness Certification.

Abtech takes online security seriously, so it is important that our team members are trained to the highest standards.  The purpose of this certification is to make all users with authorized access to Criminal Justice systems and data aware of their individual responsibilities and expected behavior.  Security Awareness Training Level 4 is designed for all information technology personnel including system administrators, network administrators etc.

The CJIS is a division of United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Security training is key to the human element of information security. 

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Microsoft Teams Best Features

Microsoft Teams Best Features

Microsoft Teams™ is a real-time, cloud-based platform that provides users with workplace chat, video and audio meetings, file collaboration capabilities, file storage, and so much more.

In this newsletter, you will gain valuable insights into how you can use Microsoft Teams wide array of features to your advantage. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Collaborate with people outside your organization using the Guest Feature.
  • Easily join the same meeting using multiple devices so you can share content from both.
  • Add, find and share content from your social media accounts into your teams and channels.
  • Utilize an arrangement of Apps, Bots, and Connectors to automate your in daily tasks.

Enhanced Chat

  • Easily chat within a private or public group, team, or channel.
  • Persistent chat messaging lets you create topic-based discussion rooms allowing you to work with people who share a common interest.
  • Ensure your urgent chat messages get noticed by a specific person or group by automatically repeating them every two minutes for up to twenty minutes.
  • Highlight important news in a channel to make important news stand. You can also add subheadings to your news, change the background color, and add pictures to it.
  • Chat messages are, by default, private messages between users that cannot be accessed by anyone other than those involved in the conversation.
  • Use emojis, emoticons, pictures, stickers, reactions, and giphys to add fun to your private, public, team, and channel conversations.

Exceptional Collaboration

  • Work on online documents by yourself or together with others in real-time.
  • Add quotes, tables, pictures, attachments, change fonts, colors, and styles to better illustrate your data.
  • Easily share files with your teammates to make collaboration easy.

Robust Video & Audio Meetings

  • Stay connected by scheduling team meetings, starting instant meetings, or joining ongoing meetings using a smart phone, smart device, computer, or room system.
  • You can also join meetings using two devices at the same time. Share your screen, an app, calendar, or files from one device to another.
  • Stream live events to a large audience; including those not using Microsoft Teams.
  • Use live captions during meetings to ensure everyone can join in.
  • Customize your meetings by personalizing your meeting invitations, backgrounds, features available during your meeting, and screen, file, whiteboard, and app sharing.

Guest Access

  • Allow people with Microsoft Teams accounts to be a guest in your team, even if they are part of another organization. You can control what they can and cannot see and do; including if they can participate in chats, meetings, or access files.

Improved File Storage

  • Files that are uploaded to a channel are stored in the Microsoft SharePoint folder for your team and are available at the top of each channel.
  • Files that are upload to a group or individual conversation are stored in your Microsoft OneDrive for Business folder and are only shared with the people in your conversation. These files are available in your Files tab at the top of your conversations.​

Privacy

  • Modify your privacy settings to keep your account, conversations, teams, channels, meetings, and data secure.
  • Remove unwanted participants from your meetings to ensure only invited attendees join in.

Channel Moderation

  • Use the Channel Moderation feature to control who can post, who can reply to posts, whether bots and connectors can submit messages to a channel, and more.

Apps, Bots, and Connectors

  • Enhance your teams and channels by installing apps, bots, and connectors right inside Microsoft Teams.
  • Install apps to find and share content from your favorite services in your teams and channels.
  • Add bots to your public and private chats and channels to respond to queries, provide updates and notifications, or allow users to interact with cloud services.
  • Keep your teams and channels current by delivering content and updates from the most popular services using connectors.

Search

  • Use the Search feature to find what you need quickly – search for people, chat messages, teams, channels, files, and more.

Cortana Voice Assistance

  • Work on communication, collaboration, and meeting related tasks hands-free and while on the go using Cortana voice assistance with Microsoft Teams. This feature is only available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise Users.

Record Data

  • Record your meetings or calls to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity for future reference or historical purposes.

Archive, Delete, and Restore Data

  • Archive, delete, and restore teams, team content, tabs, public and private channels, and associated site collections.

Notifications

  • Activity, newsfeed, email, desktop, and other notifications will make sure you never miss a thing in Microsoft Teams, even when you are away.

Mentions

  • Use the @mention feature to get the attention of a specific person or a group of people in a public or private conversation, team, or channel.

Availability Status

  • Keep your availability status current to let others know when you are available.

Time Clock

  • Track the time spent on different projects using the Time Clock feature. You can also track physical locations along with time if location access has been enabled.

Integration

  • Microsoft Teams is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Office 365, including Skype for Business, increasing your workflow and productivity.

Dark Mode

  • Make reading easier and reduce eye strain by enabling the Dark Mode feature.
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Why You Need a Holistic Approach to Business Continuity

Why You Need a Holistic Approach to Business Continuity

If you conduct a 360-degree evaluation of your organization, it’s possible to find different points of vulnerability. Many of these points occur where your company uses computing systems and software applications to automate business processes. Within these systems, you may use various business applications licensed from third-party vendors. Each application may include your servers accessing their software through a virtual connection. History has taught us that each relationship with a vendor introduces a new set of risks to your business. If your objective is business continuity, or continuous operations, your company must assess the risks associated with each vendor relationship. You must also take preventive measures to keep those risks from disrupting core operations.

The Background

When you consider IT risks from a holistic perspective, it’s easy to assume that your company is equal to the sum of its parts. Another viewpoint is pondering how those parts fit together. You want all relationships to stabilize in ways that minimize the points of vulnerability. For example, every software application that your company adds to an existing server network will be affected if it fails during a security breach. Or, servers could be corrupted by a virus or temporarily offline due to a power failure in the data center. While you can’t prepare for every potential risk, you can consider the advantages of spreading out known risks. In one company, this could resemble locating backup servers in a separate location from its primary servers.

The Core Business Relationships

To manage your business well, we recommend that you also review how your people interface with the IT infrastructure. These interactions are affected, sometimes permanently damaged, when there’s an adverse event of a grave nature. If you aren’t prepared for different risks, then your company might begin to lose sales and not serve customers according to the business model. Let’s take the example of the third-party vendor providing a web-based application for order management/order fulfillment. If their ordering system fails, then does your company have a secondary way to process orders? Do you have a backup system that keeps track of all inventory levels and stores each customer order? These are features to look for when choosing the software vendor for order management/order fulfillment. They are part of a comprehensive business continuity plan.

The Fear of Interruption

When an organization must temporarily shut down because of an adverse event affecting its IT network, there is the fear that the interruption will cost the business money. There is the reality that the event’s related costs (whether expected or unexpected) might not fall under the limits of the organization’s disaster insurance policy. On some level, you have the cost of IT personnel working to restore your data infrastructure, especially when they get pulled from other projects to mitigate the problem.

The Need for a Holistic Approach

Taking a holistic approach to business continuity means that your business must address every point of vulnerability within your IT networks, especially through comprehensive vendor management. The goal is ensuring that all computing systems keep functioning after an event while minimizing effects on consumers. But, if your company has already taken a holistic approach to business continuity (i.e. having a backup system for every server), then you could be out of ideas. You might benefit from an outside expert who can objectively evaluate your current operations.

You cannot afford to leave your company exposed to known risks to business operations. Evaluate all vendor relationships and ensure that each of them doesn’t introduce new risks into the infrastructure, especially those that didn’t exist before. Switch to vendors that offer higher levels of security without escalating your costs to the point that their products are not affordable.

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How long can your business afford to be offline?

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Businesses have many different mission critical apps that could potentially be affected by a network outage. Losing connectivity for even a short amount of time could cause businesses to hemorrhage revenue. Let’s look at how businesses are vulnerable to being offline, what causes downtime and how companies can protect themselves.

What business assets are vulnerable to downtime?
Businesses are increasingly reliant on their network for more than just the cloud-based applications that they depend upon. A typical retail business might have an array of services that could be affected by an offline network.

  • Point of sale terminals in the front of the store.
  • WIFI networks that a business’s customers might need to access.
  • The WIFI and wired network that’s dedicated to your employees.
  • Surveillance cameras and VoIP phones that connect to the network.
  • The back office equipment room that has racks full of servers.
  • Visual signage and digital kiosk space.

How downtime can affect credit card processing
Network security is critical for any businesses running credit card processing. You need to maintain your PCI compliance, which means locking down the security both locally and remotely. Companies should be monitoring all the traffic that is accessing its network. Companies might not have on-site IT to manage these various network resources. If not, you’ll need a capable cloud management solution for managing, monitoring and deploying your various network devices.

But PCI compliance is the least of your worries when access to the credit card networks go down. If a business can’t process transactions electronically, then they’ll have to resort to storing and forwarding transactions. Credit card fees can be extremely high for store and forward transactions. Having to store and forward many small transactions can kill a business’s profitability.

  • If you have a network connection, the credit card fees average 2-3%.
  • If the network connection goes down, the fees that a business incurs can be as high as 30% for small transactions.

Downtime caused by human error … and squirrels
There’s a high cost to your business being offline. It’s estimated that nearly a trillion dollars of revenue are lost each year to network downtime. And although network administrators do their best to keep networks online, 60% of all network failures are due to human error. It could also simply be the matter of a construction crew digging up a trench in the wrong spot. Poof! There go all your DSL, cable and T1 wired connections. It turns out that squirrels account for another approximately 17% of network downtime. In 2010, Yahoo was taken down by squirrels chewing on wires in its Santa Clara, California data center.

No business is immune to these outages. It doesn’t matter whether it’s through natural disasters or human error, these episodes are going to happen. In the retail industry, margins are razor thin. Your downtime might have only lasted a few hours, but it can be the difference between having a positive or a negative quarter. Downtime also affects the quality of the customer experience. If the customer comes in and you aren’t able to access their records, that’s not an outcome you want to see repeated.

Downtime caused by natural disasters
Businesses also need to prepare themselves for natural disasters and other unforeseen network disruptions. Hurricanes and tornadoes can take out miles of infrastructure in a flash. Natural disasters will almost always take out the wired infrastructure first. During a hurricane, water gets into the wires in the ground and knocks out networks. Many businesses deploy routers in remote locations so that they can have secure backup Internet connectivity.

Preparing for Disaster in the Workplace
When you’re in the workplace, one of the keys to having a successful business, is planning ahead at all times. With that said, while many companies do prepare for these unexpected events, they often don’t take disasters into consideration. Planning for unexpected disasters, such as a power failure or a ransomware attack, is crucial for keeping your business safe.

So how should businesses prepare for these incidents? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1. EDUCATE YOUR EMPLOYEES
It’s one thing if you’re prepared for disaster, but what about your employees? It’s essential to remember that teamwork plays a key role in all this. What someone else does in the workplace, could have a major impact on the entire company, for better or worse. As an example, let’s say you were familiar with the dangers of ransomware, and how to avoid it. Your employees, on the other hand, weren’t knowledgeable. You had better teach them the basics, or they might end up making a careless mistake. Preparing for disaster isn’t just about you, everyone in the business needs to know their part as well.

#2. PLAN FOR EACH DISASTER
Initially, this might seem like a lot of work, but that’s not necessarily the case. You don’t need to create a plan for every disaster, but you should know how to handle each incident. As I had mentioned earlier, each disaster in the workplace can’t be handled in the same way. As an example, let’s make a comparison between a power failure and a natural disaster. For the former, all you’d have to do is make sure your info is backed up on a regular basis, particularly via cloud computing. A method that allows you to store your information virtually, even the most severe incidents would have no impact on your data. For the latter, however, it’s a different case. Considering natural disasters could have an impact on your building, you need to have a plan that goes beyond storing your data. If there’s a hurricane, are you moving your equipment to higher ground? Do you have another building to transfer your data to? These are some things to keep in mind.

#3. CLOUD COMPUTING
Of all the ways to prepare for disaster, cloud computing is easily the most effective. As I had mentioned before, this method allows you to store all data virtually, and it becomes accessible on any device with Internet connection. Whether you fall victim to ransomware, or end up spilling coffee on your keyboard, these disasters will have no effect on your virtually accessed info. Even more so, use cloud computing is also an exercise in keeping your data backed up on a regular basis. Many businesses are too laid back about their files, keeping everything on their desktop, and sometimes even backing everything up at the last-minute. Cloud computing is a smart decision, because it allows you to focus on other aspects of your business, without always having to worry about worst case scenarios.

For more information about preparing for disaster in the workplace, as well as the importance of disaster recovery as a service, feel free to contact us today at Abtech Technologies. We offer a range of security products that not only protect your sensitive information, but also assess compliance and overall security of your network. We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.

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The Cost Benefits of Investing in a Third Party IT Maintenance Services

Maintaining an organization’s IT systems can get taxing each passing day. Modern technology is susceptible to defects, which results in an increase in the cost of hiring support services. Also, the cost of hiring your organization’s IT expert can also prove costly as a whole. A good IT system in an organization is an essential part of the company as a whole, being at the center of all communication and recording. For the same reason, maintenance of IT systems is also crucial for organizations, so it has to get done.

Many organizations are currently outsourcing IT services to third-parties, and for a good reason. Apart from being costly, it maintenance can also eat up on so much organization time leading to loss of productive time otherwise used for work. Working with a third-party service provider exposes your business to some benefits and the best of them being the cut of costs used for maintenance.

EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION

Getting experienced and certified personnel to work for your organization is a tough job. On top of having to have to pay them more for their services, qualified staff can ask for more pay depending on their level of expertise. Employing your certified expert to maintain your IT systems leads to a lot of money used in the IT department.

Third party organizations consist of certified IT experts working for that firm. So your enterprise gets exposed to experienced services that will benefit you greatly at a lower cost than you would have afforded individually. With today’s tech being complicated, opting for a professional is costly, but third-party organizations expose you to these services for your average monthly subscription fee.

INCREASED EFFICIENCY AT MINIMAL COST

With the rate at which today’s IT systems are changing, effectiveness in the workplace is not up for discussion. Leaving your organization IT department to handle the everyday changing IT systems which are more complex and require much closer attention and specialized training may cost you in case something goes wrong, and you have to replace the whole systems.

Third party organizations consist of teams of skilled personnel who on top of offering g you cutting edge IT services are capable of inspecting your systems, identify defects in systems and provide valuable advice on the actions better taken to avoid damage costs in future. On top of freeing up unused resources in your organization that’s costing you money, third-party firms will address any potential issues and threats to your IT department and in the process decrease the cost of lost information.

Maybe the most exciting thing about all the efficiency displayed is that you’re not required to pay any more money for the services given since it comes with most monthly packages and so you get your money’s worth.

UNPARALLELED SUPPORT FROM THE IT TEAM

When setting up an IT systems, many organizations that source IT services and devices from manufacturers, expect certain levels of service and maintenance only to learn that the manufacturing industry only offers limited services according to the amount of money paid. The company instead has to source other services or install other machinery on their own and in the process incur various costs in upgrading their systems. What many organizations do not know, manufacturers are only responsible for a few maintenance and updates of devices, from that point, the company has to figure the way forward on their own.

Working with a third-party ensures your company gets unmatched support in your system upgrades and updates and lets you relax knowing that anything or any issue related to IT that will arise will get the significant attention needed at no extra cost. With 24-hour monitoring services and flexible alternatives offered by third-party firms, the cost benefits enjoyed by the organization are huge. Contact us now for more information.

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The Benefits of Outsourced Managed IT & Support Services

The Benefits of Outsourced Managed IT & Support Services

For all businesses, computers and technology are becoming requirements, but they are also complex to understand. Every day several issues arise from maintaining the security across different devices to manage complex networks. The applied solution to this problem is to maintain an IT team. For many companies, a in-house IT team is not possible. These benefits and services you can get through IT outsourcing. This can be done through managed IT support services.

Generally, the advantages of outsourcing will always overweight the in-house team. No matter how you put the effort into in-house teams, outsourcing always wins the race.  

You can increase the productivity of your business as well as improvement in business functions with the help of outsourcing. This in return, helps your company to gain a competitive advantage.  

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You can expect 24/7 professional opinions at all times at Abtech Technologies. If you need to manage IT services in California and San Diego, outsourcing is the most suitable option. Outsourcing can enormously help to grow business models. Generally, outsourcing has a lot of improvements with advanced technology. The advancement in technology helps to unlock all the benefits related to outsourcing. Here, we can discuss how outsourcing can provide benefits to your company in the long and short term.

Staffing Flexibility and Better Management of Internal Resources

All the business holders agree upon one point that the allocation of in-house team resources and operational costs both are influenced by outsourced solutions. When a company run in-hose IT teams, it needs space for an office, regular training for employees plus their benefits, and other costs related to staff. 

The process of finding consistent and knowledgeable team members is costly and can be exhausting as well. Searching for the right candidate for you and your hiring manager requires time and money. The phenomenon of outsourcing solves this problem within a few minutes.

Many companies choose to outsource to reduce costs, although they have skill sets. When we compare the expertise of outsourced teams with the cost of outsourcing, it is a very low point. It must say here that productivity could be increased if the focus of your technology officer is on the core activities of the company rather than dealing with technical issues. This efficient process and better management within a company will allow lowering the cost of operations, hence, it is a cost-saving process.

The vital advantage of outsourcing is the on-demand change and end of a contract. You can change or renegotiate the contract within hours or even minutes with your outsourced partner, whenever you feel a desire. The need for a long-term commitment to in-house team members does not have this type of flexibility. It instead allows access to manage business resources according to your requirements.

Consistency and Effectiveness

Various companies agree to choose to outsource for different causes. But, the most common reason is 24/7 reporting 365 days a year irrespective of your time region. The business functions of medium-sized businesses are ceased if one of their core members could not be there for work for a few days. But the case is different in outsourcing, they can never suffer from under-staffing. They have teams of multiple members who are operating around the clock. The absence of one team member does not influence your business. They assure you of full coverage of work and it is included in their pricing packages. A company as a customer can choose among a variety of services and packages:

  • Managing and controlling
  • Full-time customer service
  • Desk-side support
  • Retrieval of mishaps and backup
  •  Service of hardware
  •  Monitoring of network

The scale is always in the favor of outsourcing when discussing the pros and cons. Outsourcing can be beneficial in the following cases:

  • Allow staff members to pay attention to core competencies
  • Makes faster scaling a choice

Outsourced solutions allow you to set the terms on your desired scale. This can be possible by permitting them access to your talent pool which is based on your requirements and needs. 

Reliable Monitoring and Proactive

In-house teams are only available from 9 A.M to 5 P.M. when these traditional working hours are getting over, you have to pay overtime charges to your staff to provide support to your customer or monitor your network. In this way, the in-house staff becomes costly. But in the case of outsourcing, the service providers are obliged to work according to the signed contract. This assures your effective business progress hence, create no drawbacks for your company. Your company can face failure if you cannot provide 24/7 services with your in-house staff. If any problem happens which demand immediate monitoring, there will be one to resolve this query. Contrary, outsourcing can solve the problem anytime within a day as it guarantees full-time coverage. 

Checkout related article: Why you should use Managed IT Services

Maximum Efficiency with Least Management 

The future of IT is outsourcing. If you want your company at the top of the list it requires office equipment, persistent management, and constant training of your staff. Those companies who use outsourcing do not need to worry about this. Because the training and management are controlled by the service provider whereas, staff members focus on core activities. Your company can get benefits from advanced business technology through the outsourcing process. For the understanding of the unique requirements of your business, outsourcing companies invest enough time and effort. Outsourcing team can become a beneficial asset for your company just by making awareness about the culture and core activities of your company.

Your outsourcing partner will hire only the best talent to form the industry who can deliver premium quality according to your business requirement. This will eliminate the process of finding internal resources with skillful sets. You can focus on effectiveness, in-house management, and efficiency by gaining access to such a talent pool. Your remote team control different processes at the same time as:

  • Monitoring of server
  • Disaster recovery of data center 
  • Ensuring cybersecurity
  • Customer service 

Conclusion

In the industry, the concept of outsourcing is rising. According to the above discussion, outsourcing has more advantages than disadvantages. Therefore, it is easy to say that why business holders agree to choose to outsource. Open market drivers create continuous competition towards reducing cost strategies by enhancing staffing flexibility. The permanent solution every emerging business-facing is outsourcing it has already proved. On-site support for employees requires less time, whereas the talent pool guarantees a competitive advantage. This also ensures the peace of mind that you always need on your helping desk. 

Outsourcing has broken the barrier of 9 to 5 traditional time slot of staff management and monitoring. 24 hours of device monitoring, ticketing management, monitoring, and many more are available at reasonable prices with premium service quality. 

Along with on-site support, companies like Abtech Technologies offer pro-active maintenance, infrastructure support, technology guidance, and more. We also provides managed IT services in Orange County and Los Angeles. Get in touch and optimize your business growth. In this way, your business will become efficient with reduced operational costs.

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The Essential Steps for your IT Relocation Project

The Essential Steps for your IT Relocation Project

IT relocation needs technical proficiency and progressive planning. The lifeblood of any firm is IT equipment and business phones. With the help of an expert in IT relocation from IT firms, the transfer of these services makes it simple and easy. IT and communication systems are vital for a company to operate effectively.

If IT relocation is not properly planned, then the business will start to lose money. A business is unable to operate without using IT equipment. That’s why Abtech technologies provide IT relocation services to the smooth flow of communications of your business. It is an IT Relocation Company. IT relocation is a multi-step process. It requires to be wisely organized. It is essential to plan data center relocation services either your IT department includes one person or you have a team of IT providers. Planning your IT relocation is not an easy task. It is not something that you need to move in pending task lists. One thing you should keep in mind IT relocation services requires long head installation processes and it requires a complete familiarity with all IT systems of your company. 

In this article, the essential steps for the IT relocation project will be deliberating. By following these steps one can securely and skillfully relocate IT systems with a minimum period. 

  1. Advance Planning of IT Relocation
  2. Evaluation of Equipment
  3. Assess Communication & Telecommunication Requirements
  4. Manage a Checklist for your Site Visit
  5. Data Protection
  6. Become Prepared for Moving Day
  7. Moving In & Getting Set Up

Step 1: Advance Planning

Several tasks must take place earlier for IT relocation. The essential point is the cabling requirements at the relocated place. With the help of your IT department or your IT support partner, this can be easily done.

All internet service providers, carriers, and technology vendors will be informed when the relocation date is confirmed. Once you have a move date, all carriers, internet service providers, and tech vendors will need to be informed. It’s good to do this process at least two months before the exact date as it is associated with long periods. Abtech Technologies offers IT relocation services with minimal downtime.

Step 2: Evaluation of Equipment

For the evaluation and update of IT equipment, the office move is a good time. This is possible if it comprises of ageing infrastructure. It is necessary to follow the below-mentioned step for the evaluation of equipment:

  • This procedure begins with the formation of an inventory of all present equipment. This step is important to know about the needs of the current IT setup and your business.
  • After this step, create a list of upgrading or replacing equipment. Return of any leased equipment to the provider, if needed. Further, appropriately dispose of old or broken equipment if required. Lastly, evaluate the server room requirements.

Step 3: Assess Communication & Telecommunication Requirements

To access requirements of telecommunication at your new location, it is the best idea to do so with the expected business progress over predictable forthcoming’s in mind.

For the business requirements, your relocated IT project must consist of suitable cables and an IT framework. If you do not have these requirements, it requires you to be focused before relocating.

Some of the queries you must be inquiring are:

  • Where are the power outlets and how many you are needed?
  • Presently, how many phone lines are accessible?
  • How many Cat5/Cat6 cables are required?

Along with these available power and cabling, the new internet connection needs to be established at relocated place. Consideration of the best phone system is also necessary. An IT relocation is considered as a good opportunity with new telecom offers. It helps to shop around for ideal telecommunication contact and system.  

Step 4: Manage Checklist for your Site Visit

When you know your communication requirements, you will have a better indication to pay attention during your site visit. The essential step for the planning of IT relocation is a site visit. You should complete this step with an IT support provider for better outcomes. The server hub must also be evaluated to confirm the least necessities for electrical, security, and dimension will be met.

Step 5: Data Protection

We cannot escape from the fact that the relocation of IT project considers unavoidable risks. With full preparation, you can minimize your risk. For example, your moving truck was met with an accident and as result, this damaged your IT equipment. As a result of this damage, all your data has been lost. To avoid these types of risks, you should take precautionary measures before moving. The very first thing you can do before relocating is to make several copies for the backup of data. These backups should be stored securely and apart from the main system should be moved to a new location safely. This will allow a full recovery of all data in case of any misfortune.

Step 6: Become Prepared for Moving Day

It is a complex task to the physical transportation of IT equipment. To consider this complex nature of the equipment, expert handling and transit security are vital. It is suggested to avail the services of an IT support provider carry out this part.

Getting ready for moving day, you should be considered the following points:

  • You should transport your backup data securely to the new location.  
  • You must verify all data cables to be correctly labelled. 
  • A contact list of everyone who is involved in relocation should be composed. 
  • You must circulate correct information for methods of equipment shut down.

Step 7: Moving In & Getting Set Up

The last step is the most difficult part of this process. To avoid future complications, it is important to complete this step accurately. For this, you should do partnering with an IT service provider. They have complete responsibility to complete the set up for you. It is a strain-free and efficient way to relocate your IT project plan.

Finally, after all, stages are completed, it’s time to create a setup checklist. It’s consists of the following things:

The very first thing is to test each new network connection. Arrange cables and equipment in their proper areas. After it, start the servers and test the phone features.

It is useful to finalize work with the guidance of the IT Support Company. It will ensure that your IT operations are working effectively and without any complications.   

Where Technology Meet Your Business Needs

For the success of your business, your IT setup is the vital fuel. After the smooth setup of your IT equipment, your productivity and success of a business rely upon it. Major pitfalls i.e. operational and financial will occur if you fail to execute your IT system properly.

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Managed IT Services – Adding the IT skills when you need them.

Managed IT Services – Adding the IT skills when you need them.

As your business becomes more dependent on technology, managing your computer systems effectively can be a full-time job, but you may not have the funds to hire another full-time staff member. 

Instead, many companies are looking to bring in a virtual IT team. Not one person, but a team of people with a wide range of skills to support your business. To do this, they turn to a Managed IT Services Provider who can provide:

  • A team with access to monitoring and diagnostic tools that they can use to make sure everything is running smoothly.
  • A team that understands risk from security attacks and data loss, and how to protect against it.
  • A team that has relationships with your hardware and software vendors like Dell, Microsoft, and VMWare, so they can escalate issues to the right people.
  • A team with a dedicated Network Operations Center, where there is always someone who can take a call or respond to an alert.

Enlisting an entire Managed Services IT Team can be cheaper than a full-time employee and will be aligned with business income.

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Managed IT Services – Helping You Scale Your Business

How would it feel to be able to react to changes in the business with more flexibility?

If your business is growing, it may be difficult for your systems and your IT staff to keep up with demand. You need to be on-boarding new staff and developing new software tools to support the growing business.

A Managed IT Services Team can help with this especially if it is only a short growth spurt.

What if you had instant access to engineers with different skill sets who could fill gaps in your team’s knowledge?

 
You need a partner who takes the time to learn what’s important to your business

If you are looking to supplement your team, you need a partner someone who understands your team’s strengths and knows how to fill in the gaps.

If user support is top of your list, you need a team who can monitor your systems and offers a help-desk that takes calls from your users when they have an issue without worrying about language barriers.

If you are worried about risks of ransomware attacks or loss of critical data, you need a partner who can put protection in place and know what to do if something does go wrong.

Managed IT Services From Abtech Technologies.

Abtech Technologies has been providing managed IT services for over 25 years. They are committed to providing excellent service so that you can focus on growing your business.

With Abtech, you gain a “Virtual IT Team” dedicated to supporting your business. with Abtech’s Managed IT Services.

Abtech’s “Virtual IT Team” provides you with help-desk services, remote system monitoring, security assessments, planning and complex troubleshooting.

You have access to Abtech’s wide range of skills from technical experts when you need them.

Your Abtech “Virtual IT Team” will have a dedicated Network Operations Center (NOC) where engineers can see any issue that may arise with your systems and respond accordingly.

Your “Virtual IT Team” has the capacity to handle one-time projects like rolling out a new application or adding more offices.

Your Virtual IT Team will:

  • Ensure your systems are working optimally.
  • Address user issues promptly.
  • Scale up your technology when appropriate.

With Abtech Technologies as your Managed IT Services Provider, technology management can come off your plate.

If you’re ready to get your Virtual IT Team up and running, schedule a free consultation to discuss how Abtech’s Managed IT Services will benefit your business.

ABTECH TECHNOLOGIES HAS A TEAM OF HIGHLY SKILLED IT SYSTEMS ENGINEERS AVAILABLE TO HELP. OUR KEY SKILL-SETS INCLUDE VMWARE, MICROSOFT SOLUTIONS, BACKUP, DISASTER RECOVERY, NETWORKING, DATABASES AND A WIDE RANGE OF OPERATING SYSTEMS.