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November 2017

Service Level Agreements and what you’re covered for!

By Clients, Networking, Support No Comments

Rest easy know that when you have a Service Level Agreement also known as SLA you’re going to get an agreed service at an agreed level in an agreement that defines exactly what is covered and what isnt.

With the large number of businesses we meet it is surprising how many of them do not ask for a commitment from there software and hardware providers. Additionally we often find that the software and hardware service providers do not offer a guarantee or have an SLA document that we can review for our clients.

We have also come to believe that many businesses don’t ask for an agreement nor do they make it a requirement when making a purchasing decision. If you haven’t thought about this then it will cost you. I have thought I would never use the service of DUI Attorney Cherokee County, but there is always a first time. The same is with business agreement, you never know when you need it.

What insurances do you have? Without an SLA from all hardware and software vendors certain business insurances won’t cover you! In the last six months two insurance companies have audited two of our partners managed under our Proactive Service and Support solution. Both clients found themselves having to negotiate SLA’s with there software vendors as they historically didn’t get a commitment from them even though we ask for there SLA’s. Because they were already paying for Maintenace it was clear there SLA deals were not as good as they could have been.

SLA’s will save you money! Often we find businesses paying for double the coverage as both vendors provide the same service however they haven’t defined it in writing so in the event of a failure neither knows what is what so instead of worrying about who is responsible they simply charge for the service anyway.

SLA’s will make you money! In the event a service level is not met an agreement with a provider will define what is calculated as compensation. The most common example of this can be seen with Internet Service Providers. Often when a client goes down for more than 30 minutes we make it a task to get compensation in the form of credit on the next internet bill. Often the amount can be the total month bill!

Migrating to high-speed fibre internet is worth the money!

By Clients No Comments

I can’t remember the number of times new clients mention the contentious topic of how slow their internet is at there office. Or the reliability issues they have come to accept with the over utilised connect, I often get asked “how many dropouts is usual.”

Clients often don’t realise how many services they have on their network and how many they are consuming over the internet. As a result the more services the of a role it has on the total available capacity of the internet service.

Not to mention the number of staff utilising the service and the additional burden each staff member places on the available capacity.

As businesses transition more and more services to cloud platforms that offer greater redundancies and scalability and let’s not forget the reduced capital cost, businesses reliance on their internet connection for reliability and capacity increases.

Today we installed three separate fibre services replacing two Ethernet over copper services also known as EFM and an ADSL service. Thanks to our 24×7 Proactive Monitoring we were able to determine and provide evidence to the clients that all three services were operating at 100% capacity during peak customer interaction times! As a result of the high internet usage and lack of available bandwidth our clients, first, instinct was in employ more costly workers. Whereas the underlining issue was the current workers couldn’t serve as many people as they wanted to as they were constantly waiting for data input to save in there software.

If you think your software is slowing you down or you just want to know how your service is performing contact us for a consultation. We have the expertise and tools!