Most small and mid-sized businesses have a long list of “areas for improvement”. Usually, this list is slowly and gradually tackled as time, money and the market allows.
By adopting Hosted Exchange 2010, you can instantly scratch the following three areas off your list:
1. Better focus on core business activities.
Ever see an Olympic sprinter at the starting block? Now that’s focus with a capital F. Imagine how much more successful your business would be with even a fraction of that kind of focus.
If you’re investing more resources in non-critical business areas than you need to — be it accounting, HR, maintenance, IT or whatever — then your business is losing focus. Outsourcing IT services that don’t absolutely need to be done in-house, such as migrating Exchange 2010 to a hosted platform, will not only give you a bigger bang for your IT buck, but it will also free up IT staff to focus on more critical areas. Instead of managing users and troubleshooting, their talents can be better put to driving business growth.
2. Better budget planning.
Hosting your Exchange organization gives you predictable per user per month costs, which will probably be lower than what it costs to run an Exchange server on-premise (if you’re not sure, take a look at Hosted Exchange 2010 by SherWeb monthly costs). The best providers out there will also offer flexible Hosted Exchange plans that can be customized to meet your needs as they evolve.
3. Better data availability and security.
If IT is not the focus of your company, then chances are you probably aren’t putting as much effort into it as you should. This is a dangerous gamble that could compromise the security of your data and lead to data leaks (not to mention budget leaks). Most SMBS don’t realize just important data availability and security is… until their email system crashes for several hours. Like it or not, your mailing system needs fully redundancy — something you can get with a SAS Type II-certified Hosted Exchange provider who implements sophisticated security measures to safeguard data. A good hosted provider will also do a better job ensuring the physical security of their servers and protecting software from malware, viruses, and other attacks. This is their core business function after all, and they are fully focused on it. And if you go with one of the industry’s top Hosted services providers like SherWeb, you’ll also get personalized 24/7 technical and customer support, which further frees up your IT staff for — yup, you guessed it — more critical functions.
The fact is, IT is becoming an increasingly critical function for many SMBs, but it simply doesn’t make sense for most SMBs to allocate scarce resources to this area when they could be better spent on core business activities. Especially when there are experienced hosting providers who offer proven solutions like Hosted Exchange 2010. Staying focused on what you do best just makes good business sense.