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How can Integrated I.T Support help your business during healthy growth?

We all love healthy growth in our business. It’s exciting and exhilarating! It can also be a little scary and stressful if you don’t get it right.

Sometimes growth can be quick and sometimes a little slower over a period of time. In either case, if you do not have the processes and framework in place to accommodate the growth, things could go awry.

One area of critical importance is ‘Web/IT/Telecoms’. I’ve grouped them here because if they all hang together nicely then healthy growth can be made so much easier.

Taking an intelligent view and proper planning of your I.T. services can be all the difference to healthy growth and, well, not healthy growth!

How can Anything I.T. help?

Jonathan at Anything I.T. has been a techie since the early 1990’s (showing his age!). With help from collaborators such as Comtec ICT, Anything I.T. can help in all the technical areas of web, IT, telecoms, and indeed other technical services such as door entry systems, CCTV.

We pride ourselves on having an understanding of where our clients are in their cycle of growth. Respecting budgets and areas where they are comfortable.

Aside: Doughnuts can help!

On this point of being comfortable with IT, if a small business is comfortable with a certain aspect of their IT, we are not going to forcibly recommend another way. We will work with our customers in the best way possible. Of course, if the customer is using dated, slow computers not up to the job, then, of course, we will make recommendations.

Some business growth scenarios require the ability to work anywhere. Anything I.T. can set up systems where you can easily access your business emails and files. Also, with telecoms systems such as Wildix (from Comtec ICT), your communications with customers can be seamless and still business-like through web browsers, apps and desktop phones.

Coffee and working

Our Integrated I.T. Support service is a unique blend of traditional support and consultancy and a more closer link with your web and IT provider.

Suffice to say that working with us to ensure healthy growth can not only take some of the stress away but increase the excitement and exhilaration.

Contact us today to have a chat.

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How to use effective I.T. when a business changes

When a business goes through change, there are many factors that the business owner needs to plan for. Employees, office setup and costs, informing customers of the change and so much more.

One aspect that is often overlooked is the web and I.T. the business uses. This could be anything from network cabling in the office to website changes. From the headache of changing email accounts and telecoms (and broadband) providers.

Anything I.T. has experience in the area of business change and could be the one factor that makes things go smoothly for you.

Just a few examples of areas we can help when your business goes through change:

  • Network cabling
  • Routers and modems
  • Patch panels and network switches
  • Setting up secure Wi-fi
  • Phone systems (Maybe you should consider one that can move office with you with minimum fuss?)
  • Computer setup
  • Digital signing
  • Email account changes
  • Website changes
  • Google My Business changes (such as change of address)
  • Social Media amendments and posts
  • Technical training for changes in staff

Our unique Integrated I.T. Support service might be the way to go. Why not have a chat with us today to discuss possibilities?

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Integrated I.T. Support Service

What the heck is an Integrated I.T. Support Service? It’s a unique service offered to businesses in the Plymouth area only by Anything I.T. Read on to find out why it is so different and why it can be so beneficial to your business.

Partnering

Partnering with you and your business to create a sustainable long-term I.T. framework. One that can grow with your business without damaging your business finances.

We work alongside you to create a solution that not only satisfies your business need to have trouble-free tech but to accommodate where your business is financially speaking.

Uniqueness

Why is this service different to other I.T. businesses out there?

I.T., Web & Telecoms support services provided by I.T. professionals are often based on a monthly fee to monitor the existing tech setup in your business.

If problems arise, you might call the I.T. company and get them to fix said problem. Later on, maybe months or even years later, another issue or project arises. Perhaps the upgrade of PC’s to a new operating system?

There is a problem that can surface with this rather distant nature of support. That is that the technology in the business is not growing or organically changing with the business as it in itself grows or changes.

In turn, this can cause unwelcome surprises of unexpected costs and critical downtime to the business.

A lot of I.T./Web/Telecoms support assumes a ‘one-size-fits-all’. Unfortunately, that just won’t cut it in this day and age. Anything I.T. assess the current and potential future needs of its clients and works out a solution from there.

No ‘unwelcome surprises’

With our integrated I.T. service, these unwelcome surprises are negated by the very fact that we work much more closely with your business and therefore can anticipate expected changes or growth. This then leads us to be able to inform you of what you might need to do and spend to enable the changes.

Any increase in expenditure (for instance) happens incrementally rather than in one big shock moment.

Not only does this help the business from a financial standpoint but encourages a stress-free peace of mind environment.

With this service, you are getting an ‘IT Manager’ at a fraction of the cost.

Regular communication is a key factor also. We keep in touch with the client often and encourage regular reach outs and meetings with our clients. Requests such as a new spreadsheet to be designed or an email signature made up are all part of this close relationship we wish to build. All helping towards those goals of efficiency and growth.

How integrated I.T. helps your business grow or change

These days businesses have so many technical demands on them. Websites, email accounts, online advertising, analytics, desktop computers (Windows, Mac, Linux), mobile and tablet devices, telephone systems such as PBX’s, social media pages, broadband and Wi-fi, not to mention cybersecurity, door entry and CCTV systems! The list goes on and on.

There are two approaches that a business can take to these scenarios.

  1. Employ or outsource the work to relevant skilled people (such as website developers; I.T. professionals)
  2. Do most of it (or even all) if you are skilled enough and have time yourself with outsourcing some tasks to others

There are potential issues in both situations which I won’t go into too much detail here except to say that scenario one can be fragmented and involved a lot of unnecessary communicating, and scenario two puts a stupid amount of pressure on the business owner whether they enjoy the work or not.

So, to answer point 1 above, using the Anything I.T. Integrated I.T. Support Services service means one point of contact for ALL your tech-related questions, support and demands, thereby cutting out the communication issues mentioned above.

In answer to point 2 above, let’s take the pressure off you so you can concentrate on building your business. I’m not afraid to say it but often those business owners who have some tech knowledge may fiddle and do okay but when push comes to shove may find their skills lacking.

Using this unique service also provides you with a trusted partner in your business to help it grow and change. An I.T. provider which works with you on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to ensure things go smoothly.

Here’s a list (by no means a definitive one!) of products and services we can help you with:

Website Design and Hosting

Need a website? Need another website? Need help with keeping your site(s) up-to-date and compliant? Just one area that is included in our integrated I.T. Support service. More details on what we do web wise here.

Cloud Email and Storage

Reliable and secure email and file storage is now a top priority for businesses everywhere. From 50Gb mailboxes to SharePoint server helping you collaborate with colleagues. Check our recent blog post on the subject.

I.T. Support

Having available to the team four clever and enthusiastic guys (well, two youngsters and two, err experienced chaps), Anything I.T. offers IT skills built up since 1994! Need more information on our I.T. Support service?

Social Media

Setup, advice, advertising. You name it, we do it. Social Media

Telecoms

By collaborating with our partner Comtec ICT, Anything I.T. can now truly provide a fully integrated I.T. service for its clients. Now (incredibly), our clients have a direct extension number to us from their desk phones, mobiles (via the app) and browser! This includes useful chat, conferencing, video calling and screen sharing features

More information can be found on the Hello Comtec website or our Telecoms page here.

How much does it cost?

Without sounding like a politician, it varies greatly from customer to customer!

All we would suggest is get in touch for a pressure-free chat.

Who is it for?

Certainly for business in the local area of Plymouth and further afield if the circumstances suit both our business and our clients’.

It is also likely that businesses with several employees and/or a decent turnover would benefit most.

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OFFICE 365 FOR BUSINESS PREMIUM

Anything I.T. offers a superb range of products and services to help small businesses. Products such as OFFICE 365 FOR BUSINESS PREMIUM can provide efficiency and a quick way to access certain information.

OFFICE 365 FOR BUSINESS PREMIUM for Plymouth businesses

Why would that be important?

Because having trouble-free/speedy access to information and the ability to get the right information to your customers is essential to run an efficient business.

Used well, the business can profitably grow and the products Anything I.T. offers can grow with you too. In other words, you won’t have to change the product or services when you grow from 4 employees to 10. Or from 10 to 50.

OFFICE 365 FOR BUSINESS PREMIUM is one such product (or service if you like) that can grow with your business.

What do you get for your money (check latest prices here)?

  • BUSINESS CLASS EMAIL
  • ONE DRIVE
  • OFFICE SOFTWARE
  • SHAREPOINT
  • MICROSOFT TEAMS

BUSINESS CLASS EMAIL

What does “BUSINESS CLASS EMAIL” mean?

Your mailbox is hosted on Microsoft’s Exchange servers, one of the best business-class email hosting platforms around. Typically, if you purchased your own domain name and set up an email address, it likely will be a simple mailbox accessed by a protocol called POP3

You get 50GB of storage in your mailbox! That’s huge! Some mailboxes today can be as small as 100Mb (that’s 500 times smaller!). If you went for a Gmail mailbox, you might get 15Gb of space which is pretty good.

The default maximum size for sending and receiving emails is around 35Mb which is a lot larger than your typical mailbox which might be 10Mb or sometimes 20Mb per email. This 35Mb allows you to send larger attachments between co-workers or others you work with. And why not? In this day and age of superfast broadband, sending a 30Mb design document to your co-worker to look over should not be an issue.

ONE DRIVE

With OFFICE 365 FOR BUSINESS PREMIUM, you also benefit from the 1TB ONE DRIVE.

This is plenty enough space for most business users to store documents and files in the Cloud.

With One Drive installed on your PC, mobile and via a web browser, you can access your files from literally almost anywhere.

OFFICE SOFTWARE

All the main desktop office software you need including:
Microsoft:- Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access

Via a web browser:
Web versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

One license covers 5 phones, 5 tablets, 5 PCs (or Macs) per user. Plenty enough devices capable of accessing your information.

SHAREPOINT

Quote from the Microsoft SharePoint site:

“Organizations use SharePoint to create websites. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from any device.”

MICROSOFT TEAMS

Collaborate, chat and communicate about documents and projects your Team is working on.

Associated resources

Be sure to check out the resources below for more information.

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New Price List

We have introduced a price list in PDF format that our customers (and indeed prospective customers) can download and view at their leisure.

The list shows most of our popular products and services, if you do not see something then it does not mean we do not provide that service or product. Just ask for more information on what you require.

The list will likely be updated on a regular basis.

It can be found on the Pricing page

Please, if you have any questions or queries, do let us know.

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New (for 2019-2020) Bryce Properties website launched

A few days ago we launched the new Bryce Properties website! The customer is super happy and that is very pleasing for us.

We’ve been working with Bryce Properties for a number of years. In fact, the first version of their website was back in 2008! How time flies!

Who/What is Bryce Properties?

Bryce Properties is a local (to Plymouth – UK) business that rents the highest quality accommodation to students looking for rooms in Plymouth. They have a range of property sizes from one-bedroom flats to ten-bedroom houses.

Eleven years – The evolution of a website.

Have a look at the difference eleven years makes!

2008

Sadly, we don’t have any screenshots of this iteration of the site. Probably a good thing!

2013

The 2013 iteration of the  Bryce Properties website
2013 version of the site

Wow, 2013 was rudimentary by comparison to the 2019 version! Very linear and not a lot going on. I’m not sure about the lurid pink now!

2016

The 2016 iteration of the  Bryce Properties website
2016 version of the site

Some improvements over 2013 we agree, but still not great compared to today’s version.

2018

2018 Bryce Properties website
2018 Bryce Properties website

In 2018, we made serious improvements to the site. Much more mobile-friendly than previous versions and the introduction of the CSS framework Bootstrap 4 to provide a base to work on.

2019 – Today

Link to the site (as it is today)

Bryce Properties 2019-2020 website
Bryce Properties 2019-2020 website – Home page

This years’ version of the site is a much-improved one. Some of the new features are listed below. The main ones are that it now looks great on large-screen monitors as well as smaller mobile devices.

Check it out yourself

Features

  • Looks great on large screens
  • Looks great on mobile and tablet devices
  • (Expands nicely as the user stretches and decreases the width of the browser window)
  • A top navigation bar providing quick links to different sized properties stays visible regardless of where the visitor is on the page or indeed on the whole site
Top navigation bar(stays at the top during the visit)
  • Completely secure with SSL encryption
Visiting the site is secure via SSL encryption
  • Virtual tours of 15 properties included
Viewing a virtual tour of one of the student houses
  • When enquiring about a specific property, an email is sent to the office team with the property details enquired-for as well as the visitor’s name and contact details. Making it easy for the Bryce team to communicate back to the prospective tenant
Email example received from the website
  • Each property has a tabbed interface providing different information in an easy to navigate way.
Tabbed interface for each property displayed

Technical

For those who really want to know!

Scripting (the programming side of things) – PHP

The scripting language used is PHP. A long-time used scripting language for web developers around the world. This is what enables some of the useful features such as the customised emails that come through to the office.

CSS Framework

Bootstrap 4 is a CSS framework. Basically, it comes with a pre-made look-and-feel, providing items such as buttons and tabs. Bootstrap certainly provides a very handy starting point. However, there is a lot of coding necessary none-the-less! This site contains 5253 files!

5253 files in the site!

Finally

We hope you like the site. It’s just one type of site we work on and in this case, providing regular on-going support and changes.

Other types of websites include WordPress sites where the customer is able to manage the content of their site once it is live, and Shopify, a fully-functional online shop site.

Questions?

Contact us for more information or if you would be interested in us helping you on your website project.

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