Correct Installation Of Structured Cabling

Correct Installation Of Structured Cabling

Correct Installation Of Structured Cabling

If you are looking to extend your office or move your business premises, you will know that you are going to be faced with some installation problems.  Structured data cabling installation is a complex process. Without the correct guidance from an experienced professional – like Systems Integration you could be putting your business and employees at risk.

This month we take a look at why it is important to use professionals such as ourselves to help you with your office move or extension

Planning
Data cabling is a method that connects electronic devices within an IT system. It can connect many devices such as PCs, phones, and security cameras. You may be thinking – connecting electronic devices is easy. However, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

A structured cabling installation plan will need to be created to ensure that cables are grouped safely – to avoid any interference to the network. There are a lot of factors you need to consider, like the equipment you use and the floorplan of your workspace.

Our expert team use their IT knowledge/experience – to put together a strategic plan unique to your business and organisation’s needs. We ensure that cables are labelled accordingly and installed safely so your network can run efficiently. Without this knowledge and hindsight, you could end up with your system being correctly installed. Which will cause problems to your network further down the line.

 
Incorrect installation equates to hazards
Failure to install your structured cabling system correctly could pose a serious safety hazard to your and staff, communication issues for your business and serious technical issues to your IT infrastructure.  For example, bundling together too many cables will create excess heat, which can cause damage and interfere with the network. It can also pose a fire hazard. Therefore, it is crucial that you hire an experienced provider who has the right knowledge.

There are also unsafe locations for you to install a data cabling system. For example, you should avoid running data cables beneath any flooring or over an electrical conduit. Installing structured cabling in the wrong place will be deemed unsafe, and you are putting your workplace and employees at risk.

Avoid costly mistakes
If you take structured cabling installation into your own hands, you could end up making costly mistakes that have a detrimental impact on your business. The System Integration Engineers understand that companies need to maximise their profits to grow. That is why we truly believe that elements such as data cabling installation should be left to an experienced professional. Failure to install your system correctly could cost you. We also have foresight ensuring that when we lay cabling, we build it on the premise that you will be looking to extend in the future, making it a scalable.

One of the great things about structured cabling installation is that it is meant to save your business money. By simplifying your IT system, you no longer have to deal with multiple systems that can cost you a lot of money to run.

If you would like to know more about data and structured cabling installation, feel free to get in touch or book a free consultation and speak to one of our experts.

Choosing The Right IT Support For Your Business

Choosing The Right IT Support For Your Business

 How to choose the right IT Support Plan.

Choosing the right IT support plan for your business is crucial to ensure your IT infrastructure is running smoothly and securely. This month we tell you how to go about finding out what you need and to ensure that the package you select is right for your business.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Assess your IT needs:
  • Identify your IT assets: Make a list of all your hardware and software, including computers, servers, networks, and applications. This will give you a clear picture of your IT environment.
  • Evaluate your current support: Consider your current IT support situation. Are you relying on in-house staff, external vendors, or a combination of both? What are your pain points and areas for improvement? Do you always need IT support? If you have an in-house team, are they being fully utilized or are you better outsourcing? (See below)
  • Assess your business goals: Understand your short-term and long-term business objectives. How will IT support help you achieve these goals? What level of support do you need to maintain operational continuity?

 

  1. Define your IT support requirements:
  • Support level: Determine the level of support you need, whether it’s basic break-fix, proactive monitoring, or comprehensive managed services.
  • Response time and resolution time: Consider how quickly you need issues to be addressed and resolved. Define acceptable response and resolution times for different types of incidents.
  • On-site or remote support: Decide whether you need on-site support, remote support, or a combination of both. Consider your geographic location and the availability of on-site technicians.

 

  1. Research and compare IT support providers:
  • Even though we have full confidence in the support we can provide, we still suggest you gather recommendations: Ask colleagues, business partners, or industry peers for recommendations on IT support providers.
  • Check online reviews: Read reviews from other businesses on websites like  Google My Business, Yelp and Yell.
  • Request proposals: Systems Integration have no qualms about providing references free Quotes, and neither should any other outsourced IT support Providers. We always suggest that you carefully evaluate their offerings, pricing, and service level agreements (SLAs).

 

  1. Evaluate provider qualifications:
  • Experience and expertise: Ensure the provider has experience in supporting businesses of your size and industry. Check their credentials and certifications.
  • Technical capabilities: Assess the provider’s technical capabilities and their ability to support your specific IT infrastructure.
  • Communication and customer service: Evaluate communication style, responsiveness, and customer service reputation.

 

  1. Make a decision, select the right IT support and implement the plan:
  • Select the best fit: Choose the IT support provider that best aligns with your needs, budget, and business goals. If you have any doubts about your current supplier, then you have nothing to lose by contacting us.
  • Negotiate terms: We offer flexible no fixed term contracts, does you current supplier offer that? You are the customer and are in the position to negotiate the contract terms, including pricing, SLAs, and any additional services you may require.
  • Establish a relationship: Build a strong working relationship with your IT support provider. Communicate clearly about your expectations and provide regular feedback.

If your business is in a position where you want to revisit your current IT requirements than please get in touch. For the past +25 years we have been providing IT support for local Swindon and Wiltshire businesses and we know we can help…

 

How Outsourced IT Can Help Your Business Grow

How Outsourced IT Can Help Your Business Grow

How Outsourcing IT Can Help Your Business Grow

Did you know that when you outsource your IT there are many benefits. Not just having the knowledge that all your IT problems are taken managed and taken care of in a compliant manner, but with businesses such as us on your side, you can grow your business in a number of ways, including:

  • Freeing up your time and resources to focus on core business activities. When you outsource your IT support with Systems Integration, you can free up your time and resources to focus on the things that you do best, such as growing your business and serving your customers.
  • We provide access to expertise and experience that you may not have in-house. We have a team of experienced and knowledgeable IT professionals who can provide you with the expertise and support that you need to keep your IT systems running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Helping you to stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends. Systems Integration’s outsourced IT support helps you to stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends and ensures that you are using the most efficient and effective IT solutions for your business.
  • Scaling your IT infrastructure as your business grows. Our IT support clients can scale their services to meet the needs their growing business, so they don’t have to worry about overinvesting in IT resources.

Here are some specific examples of how our IT support can help you to grow your business:

  • Help you to launch new products or services. When you are launching a new product or service, you need to have a reliable and scalable IT infrastructure in place. Systems Integration can help you to set up and manage your IT infrastructure so that you can focus on launching your new product or service on time and within budget.
  • Support your remote workforce. If you have a remote workforce, you need to have a way to provide them with support. We can provide remote IT support to your employees, so they can get the help they need when they need it, no matter where they are located.
  • Help you to expand into new markets. If you are planning to expand your business into new markets, you need to have a way to support your IT infrastructure in those markets. We have a National presence, so we can provide you with IT support in any market where you operate.

Overall, our IT support can be a valuable asset for businesses of all sizes. By outsourcing your IT support with us, you can free up your time and resources to focus on core business activities, gain access to expertise and experience that you may not have in-house, stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends, and scale your IT infrastructure as your business grows.

As leading local Wiltshire IT Support providers, we can obviously help, but if you new to seeking outsourced IT support and are wondering how to choose a local company, here are some tips for choosing the right outsourced IT support provider your business.

  • Make sure the provider has a good reputation and is experienced in working with businesses in your industry.
  • Ask the provider about their security and disaster recovery procedures.
  • Make sure the provider offers a variety of services that meet your needs.
  • Get a quote from multiple providers before making a decision.

By following these tips, you can ensure the IT partner you choose is right for your business.  And is one that can not only help you now, but also in the future when your business starts to grow. Systems Integration have been helping business across Swindon and Wiltshire do just this for the past 25+ years. So if you are looking to grow your business and do not want any IT headaches in the future, feel free to get in touch. 

Not Just IT Support, But Consultants

Not Just IT Support, But Consultants

IT Consultancy For Swindon Businesses

Over the past 20+ years not only have Systems Integration been support SMEs across Swindon and Wiltshire with hardware and software support, but we also help via our consultancy services. When it comes to our knowledge base, we can help our clients out with everything from IT Procurement to Internet Services, and almost everything in between.
We cater to companies from a broad range of industries and company sizes. We have been known to work with every business type from recruitments agencies, charities to international multi-site businesses.

Need Our Help?
If you would benefit from some IT infrastructure advice, feel free to ask our consultants about any of our current services. Here are just a small selection of consultancy services that our team offers;

  • Procurement of your IT hardware and software. IT Equipment is a big expense, but our consultant can tell you which are the best value and most efficient
  • Installation of your hardware and software, e.g. servers, routers and networks.
  • Need advice on building your computer network including the network design, data cabling, wireless networks both public and non-public, WANs and LANs.
  • Migration of your server or desktop via Cloud and Office 365.
  • Upgrading your computer’s software – We can tell you which is the most suitable hardware for your business needs.
  • We can help you with communication and advise on your broadband, email, remote access, and VPNs.
  • We can assist with your next office move, with IT resource planning and implementation of IT services. From wireless communication right through to the physical office move itself
  • We can provide advice the following services: Server support, desktop support, IT systems support, Apple Mac support, computer repairs and also upgrades.

And we do not just offer your standard off the self advice.  Our consultants know that no two businesses are the same, or have the same needs. That is why each project we take on is given tailored IT consultancy, with their own dedicated IT support adviser. We want every client to feel valued, and believe we provide a top-class level of customer service.

From cloud computing to Wi-Fi installation Systems Integration will be able to access your business making sure it is fit for purpose.
All of Systems Integrations our IT consultants are experienced professionals with years of IT support under their belts. Each and every one of our IT consultants is, or has:

Fully qualified
Microsoft Certified
15+ Year Industry Experience

If you would like to hear about any of our case studies or current projects, get in touch with a member of our team and we will endeavor to make sure you get the information you need.

CCTV For Swindon Businesses

CCTV For Swindon Businesses

As proud partners of many businesses across Swindon, Systems Integration are not just protectors of your IT systems, but we can also help protect your actual business premises!  If you are looking for new or want to upgrade your buildings security, we can help with our security system.  We Are SSAIB qualified and have technicians who are specialists with all types of CCTV systems and have a great team of technicians available to help.  CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems are used in businesses for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Preventing crime: CCTV cameras can deter criminals by making them aware that they are being watched. They can also be used to identify and prosecute criminals after a crime has been committed.
  • Deterring vandalism: CCTV cameras can also deter vandalism by making it more difficult for vandals to act without being seen.
  • Providing evidence: CCTV footage can be used as evidence in court cases, helping to convict criminals and protect businesses from liability.
  • Monitoring staff: CCTV cameras can be used to monitor staff performance and deter theft.
  • Enhancing customer service: CCTV cameras can be used to monitor customer areas and ensure that customers are being treated properly.
  • Improving safety: CCTV cameras can be used to improve safety by monitoring high-risk areas, such as loading docks and parking lots.

When choosing a CCTV system for your business, there are a number of factors you need to consider, such as:

  • The size of your business and the areas you need to monitor
  • The type of crime you are most concerned about
  • The budget you have available
  • The level of security you need
Needless to say our technicians can help advise with all these.

Once you have considered these factors, you can start to narrow down your choices and find a CCTV system that is right for your business.

Here are some additional tips for choosing a CCTV system for your business:

    • Although we pride ourselves as being Swindon’s most competitive when it comes to security systems, we still advise you get quotes from several different companies.
  • Read reviews of different CCTV systems before making a decision. It can be noted that our technicians are more than happy to advise if you are unsure of your requirements.
  • Make sure the system you choose is easy to use and maintain.
  • Consider the quality of the video footage the system produces.
  • If applicable, make sure the system is compatible with your existing security system.

CCTV systems can be a valuable asset for businesses of all sizes. By choosing the right system and using it effectively, you can help to keep your business safe and secure.

Here are some additional benefits of CCTV for businesses:

  • Reduced insurance premiums: CCTV systems can help to reduce insurance premiums by providing evidence of crime or vandalism.
  • Increased peace of mind: Knowing that your business is being monitored can give you peace of mind, both for yourself and your employees.
  • Improved customer confidence: CCTV systems can help to improve customer confidence by making them feel safer when they are on your premises.

If you are considering installing a CCTV system for your business, please feel free to get in touch.

The Benefits Of Microsoft

The Benefits Of Microsoft

THE BENEFITS OF MICROSOFT

As Microsoft partners, Systems Integration have helped various SMEs across Swindon and Wiltshire with Microsoft and it’s uses.

A lot of businesses are actually unaware of what Microsoft offers and how it can help. This month we give you an oversight of how it can help you and your business.

Microsoft offers a wide range of services that can help SMEs in a variety of ways. These services include:

  • Cloud computing: Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Azure, provides SMEs with access to a wide range of cloud-based services, including computing, storage, networking, and artificial intelligence. This can help SMEs to reduce their IT costs and improve their agility.
  • Office 365: Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based productivity tools that includes apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This can help SMEs to improve their collaboration and productivity.
  • Dynamics 365: Dynamics 365 is a suite of business applications that can help SMEs to manage their customer relationships, sales, marketing, and operations. This can help SMEs to improve their efficiency and profitability.
  • Security: Microsoft offers a variety of security solutions that can help SMEs to protect their data from cyber threats. These solutions include Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and Microsoft Intune.
  • Training and support: Microsoft offers a variety of training and support resources that can help SMEs to get the most out of its products and services. These resources include online training courses, documentation, and technical support.

In addition to these specific services, Microsoft also offers a number of other benefits to SMEs, such as:

  • Brand recognition: Microsoft is a well-known and respected brand, which can help SMEs to gain credibility with their customers.
  • Ease of use: Microsoft’s products and services are generally easy to use, which can help SMEs to save time and money on IT training.
  • Scalability: Microsoft’s products and services are scalable, which means that SMEs can easily grow their IT infrastructure as their business grows.

Overall, Microsoft’s services can offer a number of benefits to SMEs, including cost savings, improved productivity, and increased security. If you are an SME, I encourage you to explore Microsoft’s products and services to see how they can help your business.

Here are some specific examples of how Microsoft services have helped SMEs:

  • A small law firm used Office 365 to improve its collaboration and productivity. The firm was able to reduce the number of emails it sent and received, and it was able to track its billable hours more effectively.
  • A small retail store used Dynamics 365 to manage its customer relationships. The store was able to track its customer interactions more effectively, and it was able to send targeted marketing messages to its customers.
  • A small manufacturing company used Azure to improve its security. The company was able to implement a cloud-based firewall, and it was able to encrypt its data.

If you are looking at ways to improve your business communication, project management and reputation with the use of Microsoft, get in touch with us and one of our experienced Microsoft Technicians can show you how we can help.

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