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I have always been one of those types of individuals who liked to do things for myself. If my personal laptop did not work, I would try everything before calling all the experts that I know for technical support and advice. I stopped short of taking it all apart with my miniature screwdriver and examining it with my magnifying glass to find out what was wrong. I have always purchased the best products I could afford for my business. I have always maintained these products myself. Over time I have invested in all of the high quality hardware, software, storage drives, battery backup, firewall, virus protection, wireless routers, cables, modems, and the myriad of other items necessary to keep the network applications running at top performance. And like you, I have experienced all of our hardware and software becoming obsolete in a few short years and then I was forced to pay for patches, licenses and upgrades. Can you relate to spending hours downloading software and then in a short time having to reinstall software or running out of room or having to add external storage devices and then running out of storage again.

Sometimes email, connectivity and my company intranet would go down without warning for hours at a time and usually this happened at less than opportune times like when launching a new customer’s website and email delivery system. Many larger companies have had no choice but to hire expensive IT firms. Some companies have put together new networking plans and recycled some of their older software, hardware and servers. Some have had to purchase state-of-the-art rack servers with RAID drives, dual quad network interfaces, that are full of RAM. Many medium to larger size companies have had to upgrade server firewalls, keyboards, videos or visual display units and mouse. Their IT departments never sleep as they would work weekends and evenings getting their network up and running. I am positive that you can relate to these experiences. If you are like me, even smaller companies experience these same types of network problems, endless upgrades and sky high costs. For example, a company that I will call, “The ABC Company,” a medium size company with ten employees decided to go for a state-of-the-art network plan. They spent a little over $50,000 in a four month period. The estimated cost was about $55,000 which included email and SharePoint (Intranet). So, they should have been happy, right? Well, not exactly and here is why.

First, the uninterruptible power source units or UPS units blew and their servers started this annoying beeping that was heard throughout the entire office. Employees left to work at Starbucks to get away from the noise and to get Internet connectivity. You see, their office building really didn’t have the right power management to run all the servers and state-of-the-art technology without hiring an electrician to set up a special connection. So, they ran down to Office Depot and bought a couple more power units to get the network back up and running. The next day, their neighborhood had a brown out. The company email and entire network was down for five hours. Needless to say, the company was frustrated with the loss of productivity, in addition to all of the time and money spent. They followed their network plan. They hired professionals. They spent serious dollars. But they still did not have a guarantee of email connectivity and dependable intranet in which to share and exchange documents.

I am sure that there isn’t an individual, a small, medium or larger size business out there that cannot relate to a company like The ABC Company. Which makes me ask this question, “Why would a company that specializes in making widgets for example, want to also become IT professionals themselves and manage all of that technology in house?” A small company like mine could simply not afford the investment that a medium to large size company like The ABC Company would be willing to make. Media 54 LLC creates results driven websites but we also offer sales and support of products like Microsoft Exchange (email) and SharePoint; (Intranet) in addition to Content Management systems. We decided to make the move to offer these products, services and support in 2010 after hearing from several business owners and project managers. Media 54 LLC offers 24/7 customer service and support for a wide range of products and services including domain registry, graphic design, website design and development, copyrights of intellectual property, shared and private web hosting, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and more.

The cost savings of creating a virtual office with an email delivery system, company intranet and ways to share documents through a Hosted Web Server account with Media 54 LLC should start to make a whole lot of sense. The ABC Company spent $55,000 trying to do everything on their own in-house when they could have made the move to get out of the IT business and turn that job over to us. For less than $50 per month per user, small and medium size companies can purchase the Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint products. Many more companies are making the correct decision to become their own virtual offices, accessible anywhere, anytime. As a result, their employees now have complete freedom to conduct business doing what it is that they do best, without having to worry about security, software applications and hardware problems.

If you have more than five (5) mailboxes to manage for your business, we highly encourage you to talk with us about the Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint products that we offer. Your email is critical to your business, and that doesn’t mean that you have to manage it all by yourself. The products that we offer will provide built-in business continuity, disaster recovery, continuous data backups and industry-certified data centers. We can also handle all the upgrades, so you are running recent, not prehistoric software. Support is available 24/7. We offer products for Content Management to allow for the sharing of documents based on a person’s ability to contribute to improved reporting, billing and information sharing critical to your organization. Do not listen to the ridiculous argument about security. Many software and hosting companies alike have spent unbelievable amounts of money building security. It would be hard for the majority of businesses in the world to match it. We are sure you have plenty of better things to do than babysit your Exchange and Intranet, like growing your business during these tough economic times.

For a predictable low monthly recurring cost per user, your business can have a world-class means to enable an intuitive and affordable way to share information, files, business processes, and much more. You and your team will be able to use a Web client to get your email as an option from anywhere at anytime. Media 54 LLC can help you make a fairly painless transition. We are confident that your project manager will agree.

If you need help evaluating whether Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint is right for your company consider the following:

• How reliable is your present system?
• What is the cost to maintain your present system?
• What is your plan for growing your business?
• Does it makes sense to run critical services like your email and Intranet on premise?