Imagine an exam question: “The future of your business is online: discuss.”
It would be a pretty short discussion, right? Doesn’t it go without saying that being online is a business imperative? So, why is it that 67% of IT professionals admit they struggle to get the budget for IT investment*?
The good news is that investment in dedicated internet access can actually help you make some serious savings elsewhere. So, if they’re struggling to justify the cost, it’s worth discussing all the ways it could help you cut costs elsewhere. And even if you’ve already upgraded, are you making the most out of your Leased Lines service to help you save money?
1) No more down time and lost revenue hours
How many hours has your business lost in the last year through downtime or sluggish broadband speeds? Chances are, even a few half hours here and there had a real impact on productivity. Sources differ as to the real annual cost of downtime to UK businesses but most agree that it’s in the billions of pounds. On the other hand, dedicated, uncontended connectivity makes secure data transfer the work of moments, boosting collaboration, productivity and, crucially, profitability.
2) Replace legacy hardware with scalable, hosted alternatives
Imagine being able to discard legacy phone systems, and the associated maintenance and upgrade fees, in favour of a scalable SIP Trunks service that reduce costs and drastically improve call quality as well as providing a wide range of business ready features. Leased line costs suddenly look a lot more palatable when measured against the savings your business could make through IP-based telephony. Result: lower overheads, lower maintenance fees and teams that are empowered to work closer together.
3) Pay only for what you use, when you use it
Dedicated internet access also provides the perfect foundation for hosted collaboration services. Flexible tools like Hosted Exchange and Skype for Business run on a simple per-user-per-month model and enable your teams to stay in touch whenever and wherever they are, reducing travel fees and overheads and promoting productivity. Easy scalability means you can add or remove users as required, meaning you’ll only ever pay for what you use.
What if your not fibre enabled?
Unfortunately as the fibre network is still being rolled out throughout the UK, some businesses do not yet have access to fibre based services like Leased Lines. However this doesn’t mean your business has to suffer a basic, copper based, ADSL service. EFM is a dedicated data service like Leased Lines but instead of being reliant on the fibre network EFM uses a copper based Ethernet service to deliver a dedicated data connection to your business and whilst it is not quite as powerful as a fibre alternative it is still able to provide many of the same benefits in terms of reducing costs and improving efficiency. So if you think a dedicated data service can save your business money but do not yet have access to the fibre network then consider EFM as a viable alternative.
Other Fibre Alternatives
BUNDLED COPPER PAIRS PROVIDE A SUPERIOR LEVEL OF CONNECTIVITY AND MORE RESILIENCE THAN A STANDARD ADSL CONNECTION
SATELLITE DATA SERVICES PROVIDE YOUR BUSINESS WITH A RELIABLE DATA CONNECTION THAT IS NOT RELIANT ON THE COPPER NETWORK