Losing internet connection can be a disaster for any business. Comcast Business now offers Connection Pro, which is an internet add-on for small-to-medium sized businesses that keeps business functions going during outages caused by power failure or network disruption. In any catastrophe, the Connection Pro will keep your business working for up to eight hours.
Comcast Business Connection Pro gives small businesses the peace of mind that they’ll stay connected and keep their business moving forward.
Interested in adding Connection Pro to your business? Connect with a broker and we will help negotiate the best contract for you.
If you’re a small business owner, you’ve likely pondered the role of artificial intelligence in the future of your business. According to the Webby Awards AI Trends Report, 79 percent of U.S. adults reported using some form of artificial intelligence in the last 12 months, and 65 percent acknowledged that automation has a significant impact on their daily lives.
AI technology will increasingly perform more tasks in a wide range of business fields in 2018, including:
It’s clear that artificial intelligence is only beginning to find its place in our businesses and lives. How do you foresee using AI in your business? Let us know!
On December 12, President Donald Trump signed the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Under the new law, federal agencies can establish working capital funds for IT modernization, and transfer and reprogram funds that can then be used for a variety of projects, including:
It’s predicted that network modernization will be a key project area, as will moving to the cloud since it is more cost-effective and allows users access to innovations that are continually added to cloud platforms. If cloud services weren't already booming, you can expect a greater surge in the near future.
While the full effects of natural disasters are still being assessed, many are using them as a way to gauge the resilience of their businesses. If a hurricane, flood or wildfire were to strike, how quickly could you be back up and running? A business continuity plan addresses the four “R’s” of response, resumption, recovery, and restoration and can help you plan for both catastrophic natural disasters, as well as events like power outages, computer viruses, and equipment failure.
Here are five things to consider in a business continuity plan
Your business continuity plan should also include a business impact analysis to determine what happens if key employees are not able to work for any number of reasons. Do you have other trained and knowledgeable staff who would be able to cover for key employees?
While the above points are important, keep in mind that during a disaster, stress levels are high, and your first priority is your people and their physical and emotional needs.
Contact Simplified today to learn how we can help you plan for things like natural disasters.
Since your company’s telecom services can account for 5-20 percent of annual expenses, it makes sense to perform a telecom audit in order to discover where you may be losing money and identify ways to save. When performing a telecom audit, professional auditors like those at Simplified will examine your local telephone bills, long distance invoices, wireless services, internet and VoIP bills, and current tariff charges. From this information, your auditor will prepare but a detailed and comprehensive report.
The most common areas to find savings are:
Once the audit is complete, Simplified agents work for you to negotiate better rates through your current provider or by helping you find a new one. For more information on how a telecom audit can help your business, contact Simplified today.
You’ve probably heard and read about “net neutrality” more in recent weeks. That’s because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been considering rescinding net neutrality regulations that require Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all legal Internet data the same, regardless of where it comes from or who it is going to.
One way to think of net neutrality is like an on-ramp to the Internet, where ISPs can’t interfere with where users want to go. Under current, Obama-era net neutrality regulations, ISPs are not allowed to slow down websites or applications, such as those of their competitors. If the FCC rolls back those regulations, some warn that the result could be an Internet that operates very differently from what we experience today.
For example, ISPs could offer streaming services like Netflix or YouTube the opportunity to pay to reach users at faster speeds during certain times of the day. Or, customers who use certain subscribers, like AT&T or Comcast, would get faster connections to websites like HBO or Facebook, for instance.
Proponents of net neutrality regulations also argue that, without regulations, the U.S. Internet will operate like it does in countries such as Guatemala, for example. There, mobile plans allow users to only access certain apps without cutting into their data plans. In response, residents often have two SIM cards, one that allows them to access Facebook for free, and on another that provides free access to WhatsApp. Once users’ data is used, sites like Facebook and WhatsApp are still accessible, but not the rest of the internet. When users try to access other websites or apps, they are prompted to pay more.
Proponents of rolling back regulations argue that fewer regulations would result in ISPs making investments that would provide better and faster online access. Whatever the FCC decides, both sides on the net neutrality debate acknowledge that users’ Internet experiences will be affected.
To find out more about how you could be saving on your Internet service plan, contact Simplified.
Telecommunication services – from data transmission to phone-based operations – are critical to the success of your business, regardless of its size. Productivity, competitiveness, growth and more are affected by the quality and reliability of your communication platforms. Considering the importance of these services, businesses are turning to telecom brokers to help navigate the complexity and variety of products available today.
Telecom brokers can save your business time and money in a variety of ways.
In short, brokers like Simplified Communications can provide you with the highest quality services at the best available price directly from the carrier. What’s more, you save time by not having to spend hours on the phone ordering, arranging installation, and following up on service delivery.
Working with a broker is like having a telecom expert on staff without the cost. Connect with your broker today and experience the benefits.
Whether you are just starting to consider an office or other business relocation, or are well into the planning process, Simplified Communications can help manage your entire telecommunications services move, including ordering, verifying services, and coordinating the installation of the necessary services and hardware in your new space.
Planning ahead with your Simplified agent can help avoid costly downtime during relocation.
Here are several more tips to make your move easier:
A business move is an exciting time that, if done correctly, does not have to be stressful. If one is in your future, talk to your Simplified agent today about how he or she can help.
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As the end of the year approaches, you are most likely justifying your expenditures and evaluating your sales projections for 2018. Are you confident that your current technology will support your goals? We can assist you by completing an analysis of your business and an audit of your telecommunications invoices.
Professional telecom audits analyze your current telecom environment, including things like: peak calling times; Internet, wireless and VoIP usage and charges; long distance, local and roaming charges; current tariff charges and more.
Because Simplified Communications agents have years of telecom experience, our experts will review your business goals and make a recommendation for the services that will assist you in meeting your needs; including but not limited to voice, data and mobile services. For more information, contact a Simplified Communications agent.
To find out more about how an audit can benefit you, contact Simplified Communications today.
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