21st March 2012
Meet Mary. Mary runs a successful business built over the past 5 years selling high quality, handmade children's toys. She's enjoyed terrific success recently and has taken on more staff. She's certainly expert in her field and understands the toy industry very well indeed.
But she has a problem. Her IT. Like many small business owners while her capability in her specialist field is outstanding, her knowledge of IT systems isn't so great. This makes it really difficult to know what she needs, where her problems are and ultimately where she should invest.
Mary is very aware that IT can help her business, from simple back-office tasks like responding to potential customer enquiries, receiving orders from the web site or getting invoices from suppliers to more advanced systems like clocking in systems for staff, and clever services that make sure her toys get boxed, labelled and sent in the post in a timely manner.
Fortunately VPW can help with a Small Business IT Audit. We visit you and look at your current systems, and find out more on what you want to achieve and where you think you could have some issues. Then we'll combine that knowledge into a simple, easy to digest report that puts you in control of your IT. To make it simple, the IT Audit is offered in 3 levels, to match your budget, the level of IT expertise and guidance you feel you'll want and the amount of in-depth review you receive.
Mary thought her IT was pretty well covered on “protection” initiatives like Anti-Virus and Backup but found out she had a major risk which could cripple her business as a result of the audit, yet was investing instead in new desktop computers she simply didn't need but had previously thought were an area that needed expenditure. Since Mary is a savvy character she recognised that her expertise is in toys rather than IT and let the team at VPW work with her – more as an extension of her business than a supplier to develop her IT at the right level and uses her IT audit as a starting point.
Yes, if you're running a small business then an IT Audit will help you, and comes at 3 different levels so there is an IT Audit option for you.
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