Businesses, as they grow, branch out to different locations to create a presence in those markets. Timely sharing of information and data is critical for decision-making, but efficient communication between multiple hubs for a company is often a challenge. Businesses such as restaurants, car dealerships, manufacturing, retail, and transportation depend on communication technology that is cheap and effective. Legacy equipment such as servers and databases on-site are expensive to install and cumbersome to maintain.
Let us take a look at the alternatives available and the best solutions for networks to connect multiple locations.
Cloud services are the most favored option for small businesses that are looking to connect multiple locations. These services require virtually no investment in hardware and are up and running immediately. Cloud architecture for each business can be designed and configured for efficiency. This reduces redundancy and limits wasted time. Dedicated cloud servers can allow for easier remote data backup and migration, application upgrades, email archiving, virus and spam protection, and network management. In short, they allow you to quickly access the relevant information about your company from any computer connected to the network. They also give your employees the opportunity to share information and collaborate on projects.
Dedicated Email Servers and Phones
One of the best ways for a company with multiple locations to stay in touch is also one of the simplest. They can keep in touch through emails or on the phone. Public email systems may be fine for the average users, but for intercompany communications you’ll want a dedicated server. A good dedicated server is one which will filter out the distractions of the outside world and help your employees stay on track. Private email servers are essential for communicating messages with coworkers effectively, and if you own the server or are paying to have it hosted, then you can alter it at any time to meet your current needs.
Phones are pretty much the same way. All of your employees likely have cell phones, and therefore, can be contacted. However, dedicated phone lines, that are devoted only to work-related calls, can help your employees stay on track and make information easier to share. VoIP phone systems will allow your employees to connect to each other when they need to collaborate in larger meetings and keep things running smoothly.
The technology available today has simplified the linking of multiple locations. Geographical distances are quickly becoming no hindrance at all. Of the choices available, you must consider the ones that offer you the best mix of cost efficiency, performance, troubleshooting, security, and scalability. If you’re having trouble determining which pieces of technology will serve you best, or you simply want help implementing it, contact Computer Works today.