What is IT Consultancy
IT Consultancy is a service provided by IT Professionals to help customers plan their IT infrastructure before going out an purchasing equipment or before the start of a project.
Why should I use a consultancy service?
We see many small businesses that have been built from the ground up with a single employee with no technical expertise and have just bolted on additional equipment when required, but have not done the correct research regarding legal requirements before implementing a business networks.
This leaves customer data at risk and businesses open for potential lawsuits due to malpractice regarding the use of IT equipment.
As your business grows, the requirements of your business IT infrastructure will also grow, but if you have purchased cheap equipment without prior consultation, then you may end up purchasing equipment three or four times over to perform your day to day activities.
We sit down with you and provide a 1:1 consultation and discuss your business requirements and future development plans. This allows us to provide you with a solution which will be suitable for your growing business with minimal upgrade costs in the future.
What consultancy services do we provide?
- Network & Structured Cabling
- IT and Infrastructure Security
- Backup systems and Disaster Recovery
- Office Relocations
- Equipment Procurement
- Server Virtualisation
- Infrastructure Auditing
- Project Delivery
- IT Refresh Projects
What will we look for?
Before any surveys begin, we take our time to get to know your business, what you do and what you want to get out of this new project whether it be installation of a new software application, rolling out a new network infrastructure, or a brand new installation.
Depending on the type of organisation, there may be additional legislation which must be followed regarding IT infrastructure and data retention. We look into these requirements and what adjustments need to be made to your existing infrastructure or what you need from your new system without being limited to a set specification for using specific applications.
This is usually gathered through meetings with project managers or directors. Depending on the organisation, this is usually where a budget will be specified. Please be aware, if you specify a budget, we may advise whether your budget is realistic for your specific requirements.
Disaster Recovery Systems
Should your business be affected by a disaster, whether digital or physical, we will recommend a solution be put in place to protect your corporate network in the event that this kind of disaster occurs.
We provide a hybrid (Cloud and On-Site) disaster recovery solution for both desktops and servers which enables our customers to get a full backup of their servers and desktops across the day meaning that any data lost will be minimised.
Whether you have just moved into a premises or if you have been in the same business unit for years, we will survey your existing network infrastructure. This will look at the equipment already installed, positioning of equipment and network capabilities.
Depending on the requirements of your project, the network backbone may need adjusting to enable data to transfer across the network at the required speeds. This may be an upgrade of inter connecting devices, replacement of some existing cables or a complete rip-out and replace job.
This section will look at the following areas
- WAN Interfaces (Internet Connections)
- Wireless Access Points
- Network Cabling (Copper and Ethernet)
- Printers / Multi-Function Printers
- Specialist Devices (CBCT Scanners, X-Ray Scanners, CNC Lathes, Laser Cutting Equipment, etc)
This section covers legislation which prohibits access to specific information to all but authorised employees. This also looks at encryption and endpoint protection which is now a requirement under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.
Depending on the industry, there may be other restrictions in place which require you to keep all data stored on your network for a specific period of time, an example of this kind of requirement is with GP records which requires medical facilities to retain Electronic Patient Records indefinately.
At this point, we would look at implementing data archives to store the data securely but not actively on your network.
The physical security part of any IT survey looks at the positioning of equipment, the area that equipment is in use, potential threats or breach points, access control systems and/or monitoring systems.
A lot of organisations take the time to protect their equipment digitally but often forget about the physical threats, such as rogue flash drives and theives. We will provide advice on how you can strengthen your physical security around your organsation to help prevent your network from being attacked by a physical threat.