Want Your Employees to Be Able to Work From Home? 5 IT Areas to Address

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/2/15 11:02 AM

Even just  15 years ago, the idea of “working from home” (WFH) was reserved for writers, artists, and other siloed professions that didn’t rely much on regular collaboration. In the corporate landscape, remote working was rarely considered, and in most cases not even possible.

 

But with the vast range of hardware and software designed to allow employees to work from home now available, it’s no longer uncommon for companies to consider this route. In some cases, it may be their only option. There are a number of common situations that may cause an organization like yours to consider the work from home--or remote--option:

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Topics: IT Efficiency, BYOD

Top 4 Considerations in IT Infrastructure for Every Biotech Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/16/13 5:31 PM

Your IT Infrastructure is more than just the computers that populate your labs and office space. It is a complex network of hardware and software located both on and off-site that is at the core of everything your biotech startup does. Without having these systems in place and running smoothly, your executives and researchers can't work effectively.

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Outsourcing, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, IT Outsourcing, IT Efficiency, Biotech, Data Security, IT Infrastructure

How to Build a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Your Life Science Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/27/13 3:39 PM

The laboratory of your life science startup is a hot bed of activity. As your researchers and technicians race to prove that your concept is sound and your executive team works to ensure your business model is solid, large amounts of information are coming in and out of your lab lab and executive operations. Properly storing, securing and protecting this large amount of data is the responsibility of your IT systems, processes, and people.

When the needs of your lab change, the capabilities of the technology that supports it need to change as well. If you find that you suddenly need to process tens of thousands of gigabytes of information, or store a similar amount of data for later analysis, the tools you have in place may not be adequate. That is why scalable IT has become such an important issue in the life sciences. Your technology needs to be able to change as fast as your lab does. The following features should be a part of any IT infrastructure that is flexible and adaptive.

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Topics: IT Support, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, IT Outsourcing, IT Efficiency, Biotech, IT Infrastructure

Growing Your Biotech Startup Business with a Secure IT Infrastructure

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/18/13 2:04 PM

The success or failure of your biotech startup is dependent on many things, from the strength of your technology, to the quality of management, to your relationship with investors. But one of the most consequential and frequently overlooked factors is the IT infrastructure you have in place on your first day of business. When starting up a small business in the biotech sector, your technology has to be set up to capitalize on opportunities and avoid setbacks. Every business startup does better when it has the right tools in place from day one. You can help your biotech company manage the benefits and hazards of growth by keeping the following IT concerns in mind.  

Data Backup

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, ITO, IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Security, IT Efficiency, Biotech, IT Infrastructure

The Anatomy of a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Biotech

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/4/13 4:17 PM

The IT needs of a biotech company, especially a small one in the initial stages of funding and research, can change overnight. Experimental breakthroughs (or failures), influxes of capital, and new contracts can cause your existing IT infrastructure to suddenly become inadequate, even ineffective. All biotech startups need to prepare for the speed and consequence of this change. If you are not ready to shift your IT capabilities as rapidly as your business needs change, workflows can slow or break down, and these processes may end up needing to be changed to meet the new demand. You could also end up with data dispersed in different locations while you try and implement a new system thus potentially putting valuable data in jeopardy.

Instead of scrambling when the needs of your company inevitably change, make sure that you have an IT plan in place from your first day in business that can scale itself to the needs of your company. Scalability is a crucial but often overlooked feature of biotech IT systems. It is never too early to find the right outsourced IT provider to help you in the early stages develop this plan. Even if you feel that you don’t have much business to offer this company, they should be interested in helping you in these early stages as there is almost guaranteed business in the future for them. As you work with your IT services provider to develop an adaptable technological base for you company, keep the following concerns in mind:

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Topics: IT Support, Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, IT Outsourcing, IT Efficiency, Big Data, Biotech, Data Security

5 Buzzwords for Efficient IT Services

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 4/9/13 7:00 AM

This week's IT buzzwords focus on efficiency. As a small business owner it is important to be able to identify practices and systems that can help your IT partners deliver better quality service. Here are 5 IT efficiency buzzwords, and their significance to you as a small business owner.

 

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Topics: IT Efficiency, IT Buzzwords


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