When you’re shopping around for new technology for your business, you’ll encounter all kinds of solutions that are designed for different business models. As a small business owner, you probably wonder why some vendors label their solutions as “enterprise-level.” Well, we’re here to explain that.
When we talk about “enterprises,” so to speak, we’re essentially discussing large corporations with hundreds or thousands of employees, that have larger budgets than your typical small or medium-sized business. An enterprise business traditionally employs solutions that are comprehensive and demand a certain level of expertise to implement.
As defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, an enterprise can be all of the following:
- a project or undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky.
- readiness to engage in daring or difficult action.
- a unit of economic organization or activity; or a systematic purposeful activity.
These types of businesses aren’t using off-the-shelf consumer technology for their IT infrastructure. They need solutions that can handle the security and bandwidth of all of their users, but more importantly, their IT needs to be centrally managed and supported. A store-bought router or a home-based backup solution might work if you run your business out of your home, but businesses of any size require solutions that fit their needs. Therefore, the term “enterprise-level” will generally pertain to a solution that’s especially knowledge and resource-intensive.
These enterprise-level solutions will often be up for large-scale implementation, which requires the foresight and technological expertise to implement properly. That’s without mentioning the immense amount of risk involved in spending so much capital implementing such a comprehensive strategy. The primary issue that small and medium-sized businesses run into is the fact that they often cannot afford to spend the time and up-front costs associated with rolling out such a high-level solution to their issue. This often leads them to look into cutting corners with their operations, or skimping on necessary day-to-day maintenances that will eventually hinder operations.
As technology experts, Iron Edge thoroughly understands the intricacies of integrating new technology solutions, including how they can affect your current IT infrastructure and expenses. We want to use our expertise to help you plan out and deploy quality managed technology solutions that are designed to improve operations, rather than cut corners to guarantee compliance with your budget. Better yet, your small or medium-sized business can take advantage of enterprise-level solutions of your own, without all of the high-end maintenance on your part.
That’s part of the deal with working with Iron Edge. We handle all of the knowledge-intensive maintenance and management of your new technology solutions, so you can concentrate on more important aspects of doing business. This helps to add value to your investment. We’ve made investments in various enterprise-level solutions and practices to support small and medium-sized businesses. This gives any organization that relies on their technology the solutions that they need to promote productive operations.