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

Why IT is an Insurance Center not a Cost Center for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/9/13 5:36 PM

Information technology will be a line item on the budget of any biotech startup. Depending on the size of the business and the IT demands of their research, will dictate how much or how little IT you need. However, IT is best thought of as an investment rather than an expense. You need it to run your business and you expect it to be highly available, and the better the system you have in place, the more prepared you are to succeed from the very start.

In a technology driven industry like biotech, the daily operations of your company are entirely dependent on your computers, internet routers, servers, and security measures. Having the right technology, and the right IT partner, in place provides you with a powerful insurance policy against the setbacks that inevitably happen to young companies. Your IT can help you avoid the following common problems so that you can spend more time producing results for your investors.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, IT Infrastructure

2013 Trends in Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions for Small Businesses

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/4/13 9:46 AM

For small businesses in 2013, downtime is never an option. Disrupting your business operations for even a few hours can cause you to miss important deadlines, delay projects, waste your employees’ time, and possibly even lose a significant amount of revenue. Sometimes a network goes down due to technical problems, a faulty piece of equipment, for example. Other times, it’s caused by forces outside your control or the control of your IT services provider. A small fire in your building could cause huge problems for your IT systems if the sprinklers go off. Extended power outages can wreak havoc on your business processes, as well. And that’s not to mention natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricane-force winds, and so on. For businesses large and small in 2013, it’s vitally important they create a backup and disaster recovery plan (BDR) with the help of their outsourced IT provider or managed service IT provider (MSP). Part of this planning involves setting an RTO, a recovery time objective. An RTO is the length of time a business deems it acceptable to have a particular business process offline. Shorter RTOs require more robust, instantly accessible solutions.

How does a modern backup and disaster recovery plan work?

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Infrastructure, BDR, Managed Antivirus

IT Security: 3 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/2/13 3:47 PM

Thinking about data security can overwhelm almost any small business owner but if you read or watch the news these days if is hard not to read a story about cyber attacks. It is not just governments or large companies either, many small business are reporting attacks on their systems more than ever. Almost every business nowadays has sensitive data it needs to protect—customer data, business secrets, financial information—and if that data were to fall into the wrong hands, it could mean disaster.

Recovering from a data breach is expensive and difficult, nevermind the negative publicity and loss of trust by your customers. Many small businesses simply cannot afford the cost of cleaning up after a data breach. Compounding the problem is that fact that business data is now accessible in many more places than it used to be: desktops and laptops onsite—of course, but also mobile devices like phones and tablets, as well as from remote logins. The cloud—storing data hosted servers offsite—is an increasingly popular IT solution for its flexibility, convenience, and cost, but business owners should worry about the safety of their data when it “lives” in remote servers controlled by companies with their own objectives.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Security, Data Security, Small Business IT Security, ITO

Why You Must Reduce Your Biotech Startup's Costs With IT Outsourcing

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/20/13 5:38 PM

Maximizing the value of your angel funding or early stage investment has to be a priority for any biotech startup. If you can't prove your concept with the money you have initially been given, it is extremely difficult to secure more. That is why managing startup costs is so important. The way you budget investment funding could be the difference between success or failure.

IT is one business startup cost that you can you shouldn’t underestimate. Both your laboratory, administrative and communication operations are very much dependent on your IT infrastructure. That being said, there are ways that you can get better service while also paying less. Outsourcing your data management, storage, and security needs to an IT service provider can spare you stress and unnecessary expenses. In your earliest days in business, when you must do everything to prove that you are a viable company, this is one easy way to cut costs. These are just a few of the benefits of IT outsourcing:

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

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

5 Basic Business Needs for a Biotech Startup's IT Infrastructure

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/6/13 2:55 PM

In an industry that relies on technology as much as biotech, the strength or weakness of your IT infrastructure can play an important role in the success of your company. Well planned, quality systems and processes can make your business more efficient, profitable, and innovative. Conversely, hastily planned and implemented systems can lead to costly setbacks and potentially waste your valuable investment funding. Biotech startups must keep the following concerns in mind when they are setting up their first IT infrastructure.

1. Security

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech

How to Keep Your Biotech Business Going After a Disaster

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/30/13 11:17 AM

No matter how safe, secure, and well-equipped  your office and laboratory is, unexpected events can still cause costly setbacks. Major storms, utility work, or problems at your facility can cause your  operations to come to a halt..  And as you can imagine these kinds of events can cause damaging impact to meeting milestones and deadlines. Disasters come in many forms, but some of the most common and consequential ways that they affect startup biotech companies is in the area of information technology. From short brown outs in your buildings power, a small fire that causes damage or sets off sprinkler systems, water main breaks can leak water into your office and labs or extended power events and complete building disasters can cause real problems. Even problems with your IT equipment can cause these issues even if you have proper support on them. I have seen instances when the hardware vendor cannot get you a replacement part on time causing hours or even days of downtime. When power is lost or internet connections fail, the IT systems that your experiments and business communications rely on can become completely ineffective. Every biotech startup business needs to have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens. Being prepared for any possible contingency is the most reliable way to ensure that you are meeting all of the goals that you have established in your business plan. Developing a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) along with a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) plan with your expert IT service provider can help you keep your company running at near or full capacity, no matter what is going on around you.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, IT partners

What to Look for in an IT Partner for Your Small Business or Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 1/24/13 7:40 AM

Starting up a business and maintaining a financially stable small business takes many vendors and partners. One of the most important partnerships you will form will be with an IT support provider. Your small business IT partner can help create systems that improve your organization and workflow. Expert IT support provides the foundation on which to grow your business. Before choosing a start-up IT partner, you need to know what to look for. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right partner.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT partners

How to Cut Small Business IT Costs

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 1/19/13 9:30 AM

Integrating the right and up-to-date technology into your business allows small companies to stay competitive with large corporations. At this point, all businesses rely on technology to best serve and grow their customer base. As a small business owner, one of the largest risks involved with technology is failure rates. No system is perfect and a network crash or hardware issue can come with a tremendous price tag. Your IT infrastructure is what allows you to manage accounts, close sales online, ship timely and much more. A problem with that infrastructure will leave your business floundering, losing money until all systems are back online. A single emergency could eat up an entire year's worth of profits in just a couple of days. Follow these simple tips for keeping your IT support costs within budget.
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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Support, Computer Network Support