“Location, location…” some marketers say when describing a crucial aspect of storefront marketing. The right physical location for a business can drive its revenue. How about when you have multiple locations?
It is more the merrier in terms of driving more business and revenue, but now you could also have an IT nightmare.
Here at Cyber Ascend Technologies, we have experience with solving IT dilemmas caused by multiple location needs for numerous companies. We have served companies whose offices are not only separate but have also been in different states, on different coasts, in different countries, and on different continents.
Here are some key problems multiple locations pose, and our Cyber Ascend Technology remedies:
1. Wasted Data
If each location is accumulating data on-site into separate data warehouses, your company will lose sight of it and not reap the benefits having aggregate data could bring. Many company locations might send data to a local central server via a VPN, which brings its own set of challenges. Our guidance is to centralize on a cloud solution instead. All your data can be accessed by you at any time, and from anywhere in the world.
2. Enormous Security Protection Challenges
The more locations you have on different systems, the more fronts of security protection you must have. There were over 130 large-scale targeted breaches in the United States last year, and that number goes up about 30% a year. If each location has its own legacy system, that is 130 situations for which you need to guard per location. If each accesses their IT via the cloud instead, you do not need to worry about it at all—the protection happens at the cloud level by an organization highly resourced to handle it.
3. Keeping Disasters from Creating a Domino Effect
If a system goes down in one location, its disruption can affect the whole extended network. This is especially true if the location that goes down is the central hub. We had a client who was having repair work in their office done and a worker clipped through a giant fiber optic network cable. That cut off their central ERP system server from their worldwide offices for days. We helped them move that server to the cloud, permanently avoiding a similar scenario ever again.
4. Logistical Hell
Multiple locations with separate systems mean an array of vendors, many with unique contracts. They each have different service levels, and the contracts need renewal at various times during the year. VPN connections vary and can make communications difficult. Some companies have found that they were paying bills for locations they had already closed. With various providers and licenses, this happens more times than might be imagined. Each location also requires more IT and logistical personnel to manage the individual systems. With a centralized cloud solution, logistics are streamlined and more easily managed.
5. Cross-Company Communication Failures
Maintaining a tight company culture over vast distances can be a challenge. “Out of sight, out of mind” is a real issue. With the right team-based infrastructure in place on a centralized cloud network, communications can be made tighter and more consistent, with the same resources available in any time zone, anywhere.
We bring your multiple offices or retail locations closer together, at least virtually. If, for example, you have an office in Scotts Valley, one in Santa Cruz, and one in Watsonville, we are there as your fully managed web hosting, cybersecurity, and cloud implementation services team. If you need to replace legacy systems, we are there too.
We make having multiple locations almost easy, including when you have the opportunity to open a brand new one. With our guidance and cloud implementation project plan, you will be able to plug in your systems at your new location, and find yourself instantly set up, and ready to roll!