2020 was a strange year. We went from working in offices, surrounded by people to scramble to find the right equipment in order to work from home for a few months. Those few months have quickly turned into a year, and as we move towards the end of the first quarter of 2021, it’s time to look at what technology we should be focusing on this year. For some, especially sole traders and small teams, working from home has been difficult as they haven’t had the equipment, they needed to do their jobs. Some larger companies found they had too much and would need to scale back. As a business, you should consider finding yourself a managed service provider in 2021 who can offer you a flexible working IT solution much as we offer here. Currently, the market is oversaturated with different working from home deals, including items such as laptops, docking stations webcams and headsets, it can be hard knowing where the best place to start is. That’s where the managed service provider comes into play. They look at your needs and wants and come up with a strategy that best fits your business practice, and still allows your employees to work productively at home with the right equipment. Our second tech focus for 2021 is the Cloud. If your business didn’t already invest in a Cloud infrastructure in 2020, now’s the time to do it. If we look at the traditional working office, it’s usually filled to the brim with storage, servers and their back-ups, with user’s data also being stored onsite too. With staff now not being able to work in physical offices, having all this data and resources tied to one physical location seems completely illogical. By moving your data to the cloud, it means that information can be accessed easily and quickly at home, by anyone in your business- no more waiting around for people to email important documents across to you, they’re all easily accessed via the cloud. As well as the benefit of accessibility for all, by using the cloud your business could also find that running costs could decrease by as much as 50% due to no longer needing to have equipment maintained, managed and monitored. At Internetwork, we also offer cloud services in the form of Office 365 and Azure here. Your business should also be investing in its cybersecurity protection. Admittedly, cybersecurity has been around for a while, but as threats change and evolve, so do the solutions needed to avoid an attack. Hackers will not be giving up any time soon, and neither should you! Roles in cybersecurity are growing 3 times faster than any other technology-based jobs, which just goes to show how important it is! Our team of cybersecurity experts are on hand to help you in any way possible, whether its network/device protection, training for your team or even something like GDPR and cyber compliance, we can help you build up walls to protect your business just find out how here. Another interesting development for technology in 2021 is 5G. Officially in the UK 5G has been around since May 2019, offered by two mobile phone networks. Since then, all mobile phone networks offer 5G, but only in selected areas as coverage is not widespread yet. But 5G is not just for mobile phones. In 2021 5G services are expected to launch around the world with 50 service providers offering it in 30 countries. It allows cloud-based gaming such as Google’s Stadia to be available anywhere, at any time as well as helping to further IoT (internet of Things), improving connectivity and improving security in all aspects, not just cyber. 5G also threatens to make cable and fibre-based networks a thing of the past, as we no longer have a need to be tied to any particular location just for WIFI purposes. These are the major tech trends that have been identified for 2021. Just like last year, it’s going to be a different year for many of us as we navigate our new normal. The landscape for technology is constantly changing and it is our duty as a Managed Service Provider to keep on top of this and only deliver you the very best as we continue to strive forward.
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