When it comes to remote IT support, it can be uncertain where to look for a provider. Should you go with a provider in your area, or should you search elsewhere? Remote IT support offers numerous advantages, including flexibility, decreased costs and 24/7 access. Going local can help customize your support with trusted advisors who are familiar with your area.
Knowing Your Area
Working with an IT provider that’s familiar with your area can give you a significant leg-up. An LA-local provider will understand your area’s layout for networking and wireless needs, and give you quicker access to on-site evaluations and troubleshooting. Even when your teams are working remote, a local IT team can evaluate your data centers and IT equipment in person.
Finding a provider in your area can be as simple as giving it a quick web search. Another great way to get to know IT providers is by joining your local Chamber of Commerce. Local chambers often host fun networking events for local businesses. Many chamber organizations are now hosting remote networking events, which allow members to network remotely.
Brush Up on Data Privacy Laws
Organizations must remain updated on local data privacy laws. Companies around the world are looking for ways to keep their customers’ personal information protected. Different states hold different regulations when it comes to privacy – and California’s tend to be specific and strict.
These regulations can require changes to technology and processes. In order for businesses to handle client data appropriately, they must first understand which rules apply to them and how they are required to manage data. Local IT consultants will be aware of the laws that pertain to your business and can help you establish and maintain compliance.
Adhere to Regulations
Due to current events, health regulations are another important factor when choosing an IT provider. For states that are under stay-at-home orders, remote IT support is essential. For example, in California, everyone is currently ordered to stay at home unless it is necessary to leave. However, essential workers may continue to go to work and are suggested to adhere to social distancing rules. That means that LA-local providers will be able to safely and promptly address your IT support needs according to the area’s protocols.
Different industries may require different IT solutions and adhere to different security regulations. It is important that organizations find an IT provider with experience in remote security and knowledgeable of their industry.
Organizations should also try to find an IT provider that will prioritize their overall goals and remain open throughout the implementation process. Experienced partners will focus not just on the end solution, but the steps that they must take to get there.
As many organizations continue to shift towards remote work, our team at LA Networks will always have your back. We are committed to helping small and large organizations in our community understand, adapt, implement and evolve network infrastructure technologies, cybersecurity solutions and managed IT services.