For most organisations, IT is at their centre. Whether you’re a small shop or a large commercial outfit, you’ll be using IT to conduct business activity. The role of IT in your business plays a wider function. We’re going to take a look at what goes into an IT transformation with Arcus, and the benefits to your business.

The importance of strong IT for businesses

Keeping your IT up to date and working efficiently and effectively is essential for optimising business operations and security, as well as keeping your enterprise competitive in the market.

Businesses running outdated IT are risking their company’s security defences. With cybercrime on the rise, and growing in complexity, a successful attack could cause lasting damage. Also, technology that isn’t up to scratch can heavily impact productivity levels, resulting in wasted time and resource.

Compromised security and outdated technology are both detrimental to your bottom line. So, what do businesses need to consider? Let’s dig a bit deeper.

What IT services should you consider in 2024?

Technology has advanced significantly over recent decades. With a click of a button, you can now complete a task that would have historically taken a far longer and more complicated process. It’s presented opportunity, allowing businesses to streamline processes, create exciting products, and find ways to run their business better.

Whilst the idea of spending money, especially at the beginning of the year, can feel counterintuitive to business goals, companies need to look closer at their yearly objectives and recognise how effective IT not only facilitates success, but fast tracks it.

Effective cybersecurity strategy against AI threats

From business activity to processing data, we handle a lot of tasks over the internet, and that’s why it’s essential to have robust and airtight cybersecurity defences. With the advancement of AI, phishing, malware, and ransomware attempts have increased in scale and speed. To protect your business against these evolving threats, the first place to start is scrutinising your 2023 cybersecurity strategy. Have a look at our checklist below, are you missing anything in your current toolbox?

Advanced firewalls and threat detection – read about the statistics for cybercrime · Backup and disaster recovery – read more about backup and disaster recovery · Effective security training for employees – we recommend Cyber Essentials certification · Password management software – check out Keeper password management

Find out more about cybersecurity protection for your business here.

Future-proof connectivity

By December 2025, BT Openreach will be stopping ISDN and PSDN connectivity. This means any products using this connection will become obsolete. In simple terms, ISDN and PSDN products refer to anything using a copper connection. This includes FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) broadband.

The copper connections are already being phased out, and businesses will need to upgrade to full fibre. Here at Arcus, we help businesses with fast, full fibre connectivity.

Cloud telephony

The ISDN/PSDN switch off doesn’t just impact the internet. Because landlines rely on legacy telephony, these will also become obsolete. What does this mean? Well, all businesses will need to find a cloud phone system alternative to their on-premise, analogue telephony.

We’re in a new phase of IP communication, and with cloud phone systems, your team can connect anywhere, on any device, all whilst using instant messaging and collaboration tools. Our experts can find you the perfect unified communications setup.

Network and Wi-Fi

For small businesses that want someone else to take the reins, our team can manage your network infrastructure. And for businesses looking to provide a customer Wi-Fi, we offer enterprise-grade security, to keep anyone using your network safe and secure, and avoid successful security breaches.

Tailored IT support

We offer IT support for businesses in Barnsley and across Yorkshire, allowing you and your IT department to choose the level of assistance, and keeping full control over your infrastructure. For businesses without the IT resources, we can fully manage your entire IT, providing support and monitoring. This is perfect for businesses without an IT department in place, or ones that are unsure of where to start with IT management.

If you’re struggling to fill the gaps in your IT, we’ve got a tailored IT support package to keep your organisation ticking over during 2024.

The Arcus approach to IT transformation

Here at Arcus, we know that IT can feel daunting and confusing. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to make IT simple, and any package with us is tailored and bespoke to your business.

We cut through the technical jargon and make IT easy to understand. We use our Discover, Design and Deploy method, which is a simple, straightforward, and consultative process for us to get to know your business.

An audit of your IT helps us find the gaps and make a strategy to get your technology where it needs to be. Find out more about our Discover, Design and Deploy process.

The benefits of an IT transformation with Arcus?

Small changes can do big things for your business. With an IT transformation from Arcus, you won’t need to completely overhaul your technology to new hardware, businesses can upgrade their products. Rather than starting from scratch, our specialists can help you make the most out of your existing setup, and this isn’t only cost-effective, it minimises downtime.

If you’ve got business goals for 2024, an IT transformation from Arcus will help you get there. Whether that’s streamlining processes for increased productivity, or introducing unified communications for agile and flexible working, the only way up is up.

Final thoughts

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take an in-depth look at your IT strategy, or let our experts do it for you. Our team will help you utilise existing infrastructure, create robust cybersecurity, manage your network, and weather the storm of the 2025 switch off.

If you want to get the most out of your IT this year and start experiencing the financial benefits of effective IT support, updated technology and network management, it’s not too late – chat to our team today.