IT Infrastructure Outsourcing

IT Infrastructure Outsourcing

Infrastructure Outsourcing

Brief

If you are running on premise servers, Infrastructure Outsourcing to a hardened data center may be a good option.  Likewise, if you are contemplating moving your local applications online, we have access to several cloud based solutions.  In either case, your up-time will increase and there will be no more concerns with cooling or power outages.

Some examples:

  • You are running a handful of servers at your location?
  • The data closet is starting to get warm or the power is not all that reliable?
  • A single Internet carrier servicing your building?
  • You need to scale your infrastructure and are out of space?
  • There are some internal applications that aren’t cloud ready?

There are several options available to outsource your existing infrastructure if you are experiencing any of the above questions.  Also, our team can suggest great data center options available in your area such as this facility in Cedar Falls, IA. Above all, these Data Centers are reasonably priced (read that as less than you are paying to cool your closet).  Furthermore, this class of facility is purpose built for server and network infrastructure, ensuring the availability and uptime your business requires.

Also, there are also great cloud based solutions for applications that are cloud-ready such as Microsoft’s Azure service and Amazon’s AWS.

Above all, give us a call to talk to one of our Data Center or Cloud specialists to see what your options are.  Please, Contact Us for more information.

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Network Design & Management

Network Design & Management

Network Design & Management

Brief

Is your business expanding and technology issues are slowing you down? Then RSPN can enhance your efforts by applying best practices to your network. We specialize in the design, deployment, documentation and managing both local and wide area networks.

Some examples:

  • Has your network been pieced together over the years with little or no documentation?
  • Have you had an external penetration test done in the past year?
  • Are you adding locations and need to have them integrated with your existing network?
  • Do your internal firewalls and switches have redundancies and power backup?
  • Is your Internet Service Provider providing solid service that is sized right for your company?

Our team of network experts will ensure your business is ready for the next generation of network speeds. As such, we follow a standardized process that has been proven over the years. With that process, we ensure that your project is completed on time and under budget.

In addition, the cost of networking equipment has dropped and the speeds being provided by the internet carriers have increased dramatically over the last few years. As a result, you can bring your network infrastructure up to today’s standards quickly and affordably. Make sure your business has a solid network foundation that allows your staff to be productive and serving your clients.

Above all, give us a call to talk to one of our Network Design specialists to see what your options are. Please, Contact Us for more information.

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Company or Department Moves

Company or Department Moves

Company & Department Moves

Brief

If you are planning to move your business to a new location or just moving a department to a different location in the building, now is the time to get your new location implemented correctly.  Most importantly, let us ensure that you don’t bring the existing issues along with you.  Additionally, we have a variety of Server/Workstation deployment options available to fit your budget.

Our technical logistics and relocation services include:

  • New space planning to ensure you are leaving past headaches behind.
  • Disconnect and Reconnect for office moves to a new location.
  • New equipment deployment, including Desktop Devices, Phones Printers and Network Equipment.
  • Server relocation or refresh, depending on the age of the equipment.
  • Technical move planning. Above all, the most important phase of your new location.
  • Post move support.

There are a lot of actions for a successful move and some great preplanning checklists are available.  Also, one key to success is contacting your Managed Services Provider early in the process. If you have an internal IT staff, they can help move things like desktops and printers. However, when it comes to network equipment and servers, work with your MSP to determine what to move, and what to replace or upgrade.

Also, if you are moving to a new location make sure to check with the ISP to ensure you have internet connectivity available when you need it. Above all, trust us for your Company or Department Moves and reach out to RSPN to discuss how we can make your relocation an enjoyable and painless transition.

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Project Management

Project Management

Project Management

Project Management Brief

If you have a mission-critical project coming up that has to be completed on time and budget, consider engaging an RSPN Project Manager to assist.  Our seasoned IT veterans have proven track records for delivering successful projects on time and under budget with proven Project Management methodologies.

Some examples:

  • Your core staff are tied up running the business and don’t have the bandwidth for additional work?
  • If you need a third party to assist in leading your team to successful project completion?
  • Do internal staff lack the project management skills need to lead a project?
  • The last projects were considered failures with cost overruns and late deliveries?
  • Our project documentation set came up short or is non-existent in the end?

The RSPN senior staff have managed projects ranging in size from small installs to multi-million dollar enterprise-class projects.  For example, we follow industry best practices to ensure your goals are met. Also, to learn more about our engagement process, click here.

Finally, trust us for your Project Management needs and reach out to RSPN to discuss how we can help deliver your next project come in on time and under budget. We can put you in touch with reference client accounts that have experienced the RSPN difference.

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Virtual CIO

Virtual CIO

Virtual CIO

Brief

Consider utilizing the RSPN Virtual CIO (CIO) program if you are looking for interim leadership or retooling your existing IT group. RSPN senior partners have leadership experience in small business through enterprise level corporations.  Given that, have one of our seasoned professionals at the table when you make critical technology decisions for your company.

Some examples:

  • Are you implementing cost reduction measures?
  • Are you expanding the business through acquisitions?
  • Do your business processes need retooling?
  • Are you trying to better align the business with IT?
  • Are you moving internally hosted applications to the cloud?

Technology is complex and changes quickly.  Nonetheless, our businesses rely on technology to stay current and compete.  As a result, having a proven leader engage for your technology direction is imperative. However, hiring a full time Chief Information Officer is an expensive proposition for a small to mid-size business. Given that, consider one of the alternatives approaches, our Virtual CIO program may be the answer.

Given that, our senior partners have proven track records managing IT organizations and experienced in developing IT groups.  First, your vCIO will learn the challenges and goals of your business.  Second, we will assess your current systems and applications.  Third, we will build of roadmap of IT recommendations and action plan for the next 24 months.  Forth, we will develop an annual IT Budget which will allow you to plan your business without unexpected expenses.  Finally, we develop reporting to give you insight into key technology and business performance.

Above all, give us a call to talk to one of our senior partners to see what your best options are.  Please, Contact Us for more information.

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Workstation & Server Upgrades

Workstation & Server Upgrades

Workstation & Server Upgrades

Brief

Is it time upgrade your server or workstation environment to the latest releases? RSPN can assist and will deliver a completely documented environment at the end of the successful project.

Some examples:

  • The business needs to be uninterrupted and you need some help upgrading in off-hours?
  • You want to ensure there is a standard load of applications on all devices?
  • Are you sure that product licensing is correct and matches with the manufacturer?
  • There might be a skills gap with internal staff on the new technology?
  • Internal staff is busy keeping the business running?

Above all, we utilize business class servers and workstations to ensure your staff are productive and not fighting computer issues. RSPN utilizes a success workstation & server upgrade process when we deploy new computer infrastructure.  This process includes standard loads and configuration of the operating system, applications and user profile information.  Also, we will also work with you and provide best practices for security and getting the most from the features your applications provide. Finally, we are with you from the beginning to the end of the project to ensure your staff are satisfied and productive.

Please, Contact us today to discuss how RSPN can make your next upgrade a success.

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Staff Augmentation

Staff Augmentation

Staff Augumentation

Brief

If you need are short on staff and need a resource to supplement your team,  RSPN can provide a variety of technology talents.  These staff augmentation resources are available for short and long term assignments.

Some examples:

  • You have a critical project coming up and need to free up some internal resources?
  • You have a staff vacancy and need some time to fill the position?
  • Your business is booming and your existing staff are strained?
  • You are having a hard time filling technology positions?

There are multiple strategies for engaging technical talent for your business.  First, hiring full time resources if you truly need that persons talent to operate the business.  Although, in many cases the solution can be found much cheaper with other strategies.  Second, consider implementing a Staff Augmentation solution if your team will be managing the resource or if the position is short term. Third, is to engage a Managed Services Provider to fulfil the technology position and free your staff to engage in other priorities in the business.

Finally to learn more give us a call to talk to one of our Staff Augmentation specialists to see what your options are.  Please, Contact Us for more information.

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Office 365 Management Tools

Office 365 Management Tools

Office 365 Management Tools

Brief

Office 365 Management Tools are taking the business world by storm, more businesses are utilizing the suite of Microsoft tools and services everyday.  As a result, these moves allow them to be more mobile, agile and technology progressive than maintaining their infrastructure on premise.

Some reasons for moving to Microsoft’s Office 365:

  • Are you spending internal or external staff resources to maintain an internal MS Exchange server?
  • Are you looking for a predictable monthly operating expense budget?
  • Do you have a cloud initiative under way to shed internal infrastructure and capital costs?
  • Have you experienced downtime with your current email solution?
  • Does you team need better collaboration tools when traveling or working from home?

Most noteworthy, Microsoft Office 365 has over 200 million users to date and that number continues to grow.   For example, the enterprise class business’s have moved their email and other tools to the Microsoft Cloud.  Licensing is done on a per user basis and can be adjusted as your business grows.

Office 365 is available in a variety of plans and includes traditional Microsoft Applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.  Additionally, the various packages include services like OneDrive, Sharepoint and the up and coming Microsoft Teams.  And finally, Office 365 includes desktop applications for the Mac and PC as well as online versions.

The work from home and mobile works will enjoy the convenience of having their files and email available all of the time.  Notably, no more dragging along thumb drives, CD’s or other legacy media devices.

We have a few blog posts on several of the Office 365 products and services,  take a look at a couple of them here and here.  If your business is contemplating the move to Office 365 or would like to get more out of your current implementation, reach out and talk to one of our experts.

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