Information Technology (IT) is critical to the success of any business, especially any company that does business online. Computers, servers, networks, security, communication, mobile – all must be managed and maintained 24/7/365 in order to keep the business running smoothly and securely.
IT requirements change depending on company size. A small business with a few employees doesn’t need a full-time IT staff working around the clock like a large company with thousands of employees would need, but small businesses do need someone to contact in case of a security breach or malfunction. In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways IT requirements change depending on how small or large a business may be.
Obviously, cost is the main difference in the IT needs of a small company and that of a large enterprise. More employees leads to more equipment, more bandwidth, more mobile devices, etc. A small company with a few employees may only need a few computers and company mobile devices, and they can use a cloud hosting provider to manage their IT requirements. Meanwhile, a large company may need thousands of computers, thousands of company mobile devices, a full-time IT staff, full-blown MDM and BYOD policies, access management for thousands of employees, etc.
With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and other mobile device use for company tasks, mobile device management (MDM) has become a huge part of many company’s focus. Allowing employees to perform company tasks on smartphones and tablets can reap huge benefits, especially when dealing with remote workers, but it can also pose some security challenges.
Small companies are easier to manage because there will be fewer mobile devices being used, but the security protocols will be practically the same as a large enterprise with thousands of employees. Many companies provide employees with company smartphones because most MDM policies include monitoring of the mobile device, and most employees don’t want the company monitoring their private emails and text messages.
Many of the modern corporate smartphones implement a security partitioning service such as Samsung KNOX security for Android. This divides the smartphone into two separate partitions – one is private which includes the employee’s private emails, texts, and calls, and the other is for company use, and can be fully monitored by IT staff.
The cloud completely revolutionized the way IT is used, and millions of companies have moved their IT infrastructure to the cloud. Cloud storage, cloud hosting, app development and hosting, and cloud backup are just a few of the ways cloud computing has changed business, both small and large.
Many small businesses use cloud computing to host their entire business, as it offers a vast array of benefits including reduced costs, reduced responsibility, scalability, flexibility, app development, and much more. Large enterprises use the cloud much in the same way, although some prefer a hybrid approach, in which some of the company’s infrastructure is managed through the cloud while some is managed in-house.
Monitoring of security is essential to the protection of company data including financial information, client and customer information, and other sensitive data. Small businesses won’t require as much security monitoring as a large enterprise, but the level of security must be just as high. A large company may have thousands of computers, mobile devices, servers, and apps that must be monitored round-the-clock in order to ensure that no threats get through, and to ensure a quick response if anything malfunctions.
Network size and requirements increase with company size as well. A larger company most likely has a larger workplace, which means more network cable, additional wireless hotspots, routers, firewalls, and other network equipment. A small business can most likely get by with a single wireless hotspot, less cable to be installed, fewer computers and devices to connect, and less equipment overall.
Bandwidth is the amount of data that travels in and out of the network. A small company will not need much bandwidth, but a large company will need an expansive wired network, along with multiple hotspots to provide WiFi access to the entire company. This will result in the usage of much bandwidth, so higher-tiered bandwidth packages will need to be used. In cases like this, scalable bandwidth is the best choice, as it can be increased or decreased to match your company’s expansion or reduction.
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