Small Business Survey

Small Business Information Technology Needs Survey

In considering the IT systems currently utilised by your business we have developed this simple IT Needs Survey to help us understand your current IT practices and potential requirements.

Many small businesses utilise an ad-hoc set of systems that have evolved informally over time. These ‘systems’ typically consist of spread-sheets, documents and accounting processes that were created by in-house.

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    Out of scale of 1 -7 with “1 being Poor” and “7 being Exceptional”
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    Out of scale of 1 -7 with “1 being Poor” and “7 being Exceptional”
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    Out of scale of 1 -7 with “1 being Poor” and “7 being Exceptional”
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    Out of scale of 1 -7 with “1 being Poor” and “7 being Exceptional”
  • Most small business computer systems have absolutely no Disaster Recovery strategy. All computer systems are vulnerable to a diverse range of potentially disastrous scenarios that result in hardware failure, operating system corruption or application software failure. This can result from power failure, virus infection and inadvertent or malicious operator activity.

  • Many businesses utilise out-dated and unreliable computer hardware which causes inconvenience and a significant cost to the business due to downtime and on-going maintenance effort. Well setup and maintained computer systems typically have a life of 5-7 years but poorly configured systems typically last significantly only 2 to 3 years before requiring a rebuild.

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  • Computer hardware and software capabilities evolve quickly and to get the most productive result from your systems, you need to be using reasonably current versions of the software packages that are critical to the efficient operation of your business. While there is no benefit in upgrading software just for the sake of having the latest version, there is usually some benefit to be gained in terms of functionality or interoperability and compatibility with other systems and business partners.

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  • Small businesses often employ small staff numbers who are mobile and fulfil multiple roles. Businesses can often gain great benefit from providing their staff with access to their business systems while at home out-of-hours and while traveling.

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  • The vulnerability of your computer systems to viruses, spyware and improper user access is a serious problem that is growing with the increase of internet based and mobile technology. Many businesses entrust the security of their data to an Internet Modem with a default configuration and to off-the-shelf virus protection systems that are complex to maintain and often ineffective.

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    Out of scale of 1 -7 with “1 being Poor” and “7 being Exceptional”