5 Reasons to Outsource Your Life Science Company’s IT Needs

Posted by Data Evolution on 12/21/21 10:48 AM

Life science companies have unique IT needs at every stage. It can be challenging to judge whether it is a better use of your resources to establish an internal IT team or outsource your needs to a dedicated IT service provider. While each option has pros and cons, partnering with experienced consultants such as Data Evolution is usually more sensible.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, IT partners, life sciences

3 Common IT Oversights for Biotech Startups

Posted by Data Evolution on 11/24/21 9:35 AM

Your biotech startup has an endless list of things to keep in mind as you build out your company and pursue your essential work. It is critical to stay away from potential missteps that can create unnecessary challenges or waste valuable dollars down the road. Here are three common IT oversights for your biotech startup to avoid.

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Efficiency, IT Infrastructure, Small Business IT Security, IT investment

Why Your Company Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Data Evolution on 3/19/21 1:27 PM

IT disasters can range from a minor inconvenience to a dilemma that brings your work to a screeching halt, and they are more common than you might think. Things can go wrong in many ways – even something as simple as someone deleting information by mistake.

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Topics: IT Support

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams: Which Is Right for Your Office?

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 2/14/17 8:43 AM

It seems like eons have passed since email promised to make office communication easier, more pleasant, and more fun. Remember the feeling? No more navigating awkward voicemail menus, missing connections, or squinting at smudged faxes.

But now, as we confront our overflowing inboxes with dread every morning, many of us long to go back to the days when the desk phone was more than an inert prop and critical information was shared — shockingly — face to face.

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Topics: IT Support

In-House vs. Outsourced IT Staffing: The Pros and Cons

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/19/15 8:00 AM

Every successful company is built on a foundation of best practices and finely tuned systems. In the case of early stage biotech companies, few systems are as important to calibrate than that of your IT staffing. Without the right IT systems and staffing in place, your company runs the risk of costly emergencies, slow response times, pivots in workflows, and more.


We know that experience, cost, and timeliness are all important factors when considering your IT hires (or outsourcing). Below are some thoughts on the pros and cons (as well as our staffing recommendations) of in-house versus outsourced IT staffing.


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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, IT partners

You're Doing it Wrong: IT Support is Not a Business Expense

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/26/14 9:04 AM

If you think about your business’s technical infrastructure the same way you think about your office furniture or your business lunches, you’re doing it wrong. You will miss out on valuable opportunities and open yourself up to significant risks. You shouldn’t view IT as business expense; view it as an investment.

The truth is that the decisions you make about IT can pay huge dividends down the road, but only if you approach it carefully and strategically. Instead of thinking of IT as just another check to write, think of it as an essential component of your future success.


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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Backup and Disaster Recovery, IT Support, Data Security

Troubleshoot Your Office WiFi Issues with Managed Wireless Solutions

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/27/13 11:24 AM

Wireless internet technology has progressed so far, so fast, that it is easy to take it for granted. Many people assume that installing effective WiFi is simply a matter of running out to your local big box store purchasing and plugging in the access point or router. If you have set up a wireless network for your home, or handled some of the IT installations at your small business, you may think you can handle your own professional WiFi setup. This can be a mistake, a fact that too many small business owners learn too late.

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Topics: IT Support, Managed Service Provider, WiFi

Real-World Examples of Smart Small Business IT Investment

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/8/13 8:30 AM

For too many small businesses, IT exists as an abstract concept. It is a vague combination of computers, servers and software that are important for getting business done, but are rarely a business concern. This attitude is understandable, but it is also risky. IT is more than just a one-time expense, it is a living breathing ecosystem that needs constant attention.


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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Backup and Disaster Recovery, IT Support, BDR, IT investment

When Finding a Local IT Provider Matters (and When it Doesn’t)

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/3/13 4:50 PM

If you have ever bought something online, you understand that it’s not always necessary to work with a local business to get the level of service you want. This is especially true for information technology (IT), in which managed service providers (MSPs) can remotely monitor and maintain your IT infrastructure without ever setting foot in your office.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, SMB, Managed Services, Hybrid MSP, Local IT Service Provider, MSP

How to Get IT Help for a Biotech Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 9/7/13 8:00 AM

In the rush to get your laboratory online, your offices equipped, and your experiments initiated, it can be difficult to honestly evaluate your IT needs. But once you start setting up computers, installing software and dealing with ballooning data storage, you will understand how important it is to have biotech startup IT expertise on your side.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Startup