As a business owner, you’re likely wanting to grow year after year. After all, they say that a stagnant business is one that’ll go by the wayside.
But, how do you scale your business technology — particularly your network — for growth? Consider these three key factors from our Kinetic Business by Windstream team to establish a reliable, secure and scalable network from Day One:
1. Build Strong Network Infrastructure
A successful business will have invested in network infrastructure that can fully take on whatever you and your customers need. The first step then to build that strong foundation is to learn what those needs — and your options — are: What are the types of services and resources available? Do you need Internet, voice services, hosted communications, or a bundle of combined services?
Once you’ve thoroughly researched your options, adopt solutions that can be scaled up or down to accommodate the changing needs of your business. (If you’re still not sure, contact a Windstream representative today to see what might be best for you.)
2. Choose the best Internet speeds
In many cases, your Internet speed can affect business continuity and customer satisfaction. To fully measure your current bandwidth usage, ask yourself: How many devices do I have accessing the Internet at any given time, particularly my peak hours? What are those devices using the Internet for?
Then, you can determine just how much speed you need to enable your employees to do their jobs without the frustration of a sluggish Internet connection. And, keep in mind that as you put greater demands on your Internet connection — or as you add employees — your bandwidth needs are likely going to grow to keep the same productivity level.
3. Strengthen Your Network Security
Now more than ever before, secure network access and protecting the data traveling through it is critical to the livelihood of your business. If you can’t protect your own proprietary information — or that of your customers — your business is at risk of major fallout that could get in the way of your plans for growth.
According to IDC, a global market intelligence firm, 71 percent of security breaches target small businesses. And it’s not just Internet security software that we’re talking about: Your employees need to understand how their online activity can be compromised, too, and learn the protocol to match your business processes.
By addressing these three key areas, you can ensure that your business makes the smoothest transition as you grow.
Still chartering your course to growth? Don’t forget to augment the technologies that help your business run smoothly, too! Our Kinetic Business by Windstream team can help support your company with phone, high-speed Internet and other services that are designed to meet your unique needs in the ever-changing business environment.