Consultation is something that can save businesses a considerable amount of time and resources. After all, you can’t expect a business professional to know everything there is to know about everything. Professional services, like those of lawyers, financial consultants, accountants, advisers, and marketing specialists, are required by just about all businesses to at least some extent. Suffice to say that each of these specialists has dedicated software and IT solutions that are needed for success. Professional services depends on this technology to keep them going strong on a daily basis.
Professional Services and Technology
Software as a Service
The cloud has created a revolution in professional service acquisition, making it easier than ever before to leverage software applications. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is the delivery of software applications through the cloud for a monthly fee. SaaS solutions are typically billed by the user, and they include services like Office 365 and G Suite. Software developers have built services that can be deployed through the cloud, making them much more accessible and flexible according to the business’ specific needs. If interested in getting your business set up with cloud services, we have multiple blog articles to help you determine which service may be right for you.
Mobility can put businesses in a favorable position, and from a professional services standpoint, it can also create a lot of complications. For example, professional service providers need to consider the federal, state, and industry regulations that might entail implementing more layers of security for sending and receiving certain data. Mobility might create more opportunities to be productive, but it also means that data is being exposed to more threats, meaning that those in professional services industries need to be careful about how it is utilized. Remote workers are increasing in numbers, meaning you may have your devices and data cast across many locations at once.
A virtual private network, or VPN, is the easiest way to solve this dilemma, as it provides a layer of encryption that gives your employees the ability to keep data secure while it’s in transit. Furthermore, this frees providers from bringing paper documents with them all over the place, meaning that there is less opportunity to lose physical documents. If you do not already have a VPN, it is time to look into getting one.
Access to information is one of the most important parts of running a professional services business. This is true both in and out of the office. You want the right employees to have access to the documents they need, as well as for your data to remain safe and secure at all times. A document management system is critical to guaranteeing access to a digital database rather than a filing cabinet. You can store files as PDFs in a secure database, and a relational database management system will provide an end user with the ability to search the system for keywords in these documents. All the user needs is an Internet connection.
Symmetric IT Group can equip your organization with all of the above tools.We have set them up for many clients in professional services and know that they can help your business run smoother. To learn more, check out our managed IT services page and reach out to us at (813) 749-0895.