In today's world everyone uses technology. When is the last time that you picked up your cell phone, or got on the computer? Every industry is changing with how it handles the IT industry.
Although there is a lot of negatives to technology in a child care center, there are a lot of reasons that it should be part of your daily operation. Below is a chart of technology uses in the child care industry according to The Child Care Information Exchange:
Over 87% of the people surveyed primarily use their computer for accounting purposes. Although this article doesn't specify what "accounting services" are, it can be assumed this can be anything from using Quickbooks to running credit cards or requesting payment from the State's Department of Health and Human Services.
Since accounting is the leading use in the child care industry in the form of technology, are you doing everything you can to protect your business while online? Even just browsing the Internet can lead to the potential for viruses. I heard one time that the only way to guarantee that you don't get is virus is to disconnect yourself from the Internet. We obviously know that isn't feasible. With an affordable Managed IT program, you can expect to be covered even in an emergency. These types of programs can save you thousands of dollars in the long run if something ever happens to your computer.
Most business owners don't realize that a computer bought from a local computer store isn't designed to handle a business application. These computers, whether desktop or laptop, are designed for simple e-mail exchange and Internet browsing.... AKA Shopping! These computers may work for your applications or intentions in the beginning but they don't tend to last as long as a quality business machine will. If you are in child care for the love of the children, then you would do anything to make sure your company is around for years to come. With that in mind, you SHOULD be using the computer on a daily basis. One of the second categories listed in the table above is marketing. While we are not a marketing firm, we do understand the need to market ANY business online, even a small day care center. There is nothing better than providing parents with marketing and peace of mind when their children are in your care. Marketing and parent communication continue to be an important part of any child care center no matter how small. With just a few clicks of a button, your center can print out a weekly newsletter showing your meal plans, updates to your schedule, open slot counts, referral programs and more.
So where does all this lead you too? It leads right into a Managed Service Provider's Managed IT program. With a Managed IT Program, your center gets 24/7 technical support. We understand that you may take care of children 9am to 5pm, but you work on the rest of your business after normal business hours. Along with 24/7 support, your PC is backed up and encrypted to our back up server. This provides you with a complete back up of your computer in case of fire, natural disaster or computer hardware failure. Backups can save you thousands of dollars in data recovery alone, not to mention the headache of recreating accounting documents. Finally, with ITS Managed IT you receive network monitoring and antivirus support. This means we provide the antivirus for you. We also make sure it's up to date and we know when your computer or network is down. We can help make sure you are ready to work.
Have you ever had to call your Internet provider while taking care of several children? As if calling them wasn't enough stress right? With ITS's Managed IT, we monitor the connection. When your Internet connection goes down, a ticket is immediately generated in our system. Then it's up to US to call the Internet provider for you.... That way you can do what you do best! Take care of America's future.
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