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OPTI-TECH realizes the complexity and the confusion that's inherent in the Information Technology and Security Industries. We have put together a collection of questions to help you and our clients make better decisions about what is relevant to your particular business technology requirements, and its connection to business processes. OPTI-TECH provides this and other helpful tips as part of its daily practice to keep its knowledge-base current, and to share this knowledge with its customers.


1. PRESENT & FUTURE

  • What is my current Infrastructure?
  • How do I see it in the near future in relationship to projected business growth?
  • What impact will my geographical location (s) have on my business as it relates to the available High-Speed Internet services available?
  • What technologies will I need to market and track my sales or services?
  • How long am I planning to reside at this location?
  • Will I need to have Remote Connections to this location?

2. BUDGET

  • Can I afford all of my current technology needs?
  • What is the real impact, if I do this in increments?
  • What are some examples I can reference about similar implementations and their cost?
  • What is the long term support cost and its impact on future budgets?
  • Can I cut cost in the long run by purchasing the latest technologies?

3. USERS

  • How many computers do I need?

  • What type of special software applications will they need to fulfill their various job functions (Examples: MS Office,  Accounting Software, Graphics Programs, or Inventory applications)?

  • Will any of my users need to have mobile technologies to perform their duties?

4. SECURITY 

  • How many employees need broader access rights on the network and at what times? 
  • How important is the data I maintain for my business, and what are the compliancy issues?
  • Do I need a security policy?
  • Do I need to implement internal and external video surveillance?
  • Do I want security access at my business doors?
  • Is it a liability if I do not have video recorded evidence of a particular event that relates to my type of  business?
  • What type of secure connections do I need to use?
  • What Federal, State, or Local transmission parameter do I fall under?

5. AFFECTS

  • Will any of these decision increase overall productivity, eliminate a job function, create job expansion, extend communications to additional resources, or protect important resources?
  • Will  it put me on the same level, or give me an edge with my competitors? 
  • Will it save my business money?
  • Will it protect my business from a suit or other legal liabilities?

6. DOCUMENTATION

  • What information do I have on my existing computers, networks and security systems that will help save time and money during the implementation?

  • What information do I have that I think will be helpful during my on-site technical analysis?

7. RELIABILITY

  • How relevant is computing and networking to my business model?
  • How long can I afford to be down?
  • How much does downtime cost?

8. BACKUP

  • What do I need to back-up?
  • How often would I need to back-up in order to protect my business data resources?
  • How much space will I need: Megabytes, Gigabytes or Terabytes?
  • Where will I store this data for disaster recovery?

9. SUPPORT

  • Do I need to have technical support in-house or can I use term-contract support?
  • In short, do I want and can I afford either proactive or reactive technical support?
  • Do I want to set-up a maintenance agreement?

10. BANDWIDTH

  • How many employees will need to access the network and Internet?
  • How many at one time?
  • What type of data will transverse the network (Examples: Voice, Video, Data, Streaming Video) ?
  • Do I transmit large chunks of data at constant rates or intermittently?                       

Call OPTI-TECH today at 410.982.6817 to get expert advise on these and many other difficult questions that pertain to your business technology processes. If you prefer to use email please send your request via the following link: 

                                      inquire@optitechis.com

We hopes that this information has been helpful in assisting you with some of the difficult and important technology decisions you need to make for your business. We value any feedback that you have about this information, and look forward to reviewing all comments. Please take a moment to fill out the following.


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