What Is the Best Way to Choose an IT Consultant?

According to the advise of Dun and Bradstreet, “before beginning your search for an IT consultant, carefully define your project objectives, your timeline, and your budget, and then include each of these elements in a request for proposal (RFP). With the RFP in hand, begin your search by asking other business owners in your industry for a recommendation and do some research online to locate consultants in your area. Look for areas of expertise that align with your project goals. It’s often wise to choose someone in your area, so you can have a face-to-face meeting to discuss project specifics. Lastly, remember to check the consultant’s references and ask for work samples or project case studies before you engage their services.” 

At Bayside Networks, we agree that finding a reliable local professional is the first step to finding your ideal IT service provider.  Although much of the support can be done remotely, some of the work must be accomplished at your business location, on-site. It is important to have a rapport with your IT services provider to be sure they service provider is clear abut your needs, budget and desired outcome.  This is much easier to accomplish if you are in physically in the same area.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Quality IT service providers can refer you to satisfied customers as reference, so you can ask first hand how they feel about the IT service provider.  Also, any IT service provider who is confident in their abilities will be willing to offer you a trial consultation, free of charge to give you a feel for the quality of work they provide.  At Bayside Networks, we get most of our new business from word-of-mouth referala from our current satisfied customers.  This speaks to the level of value each of our clients derives from using Bayside Networks IT support services.    


Reasons you should Consider Microsoft Office 365 for your business


According to information available from Microsoft, Office 365 for small and medium sized businesses is a set of web-enabled tools that let you access your email, documents, contacts, and calendar from almost anywhere and from any device—including PCs, Macintosh computers, iPhones, Android phones, and BlackBerry smartphones. It is designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of small businesses, Office 365 lets you choose which tools to use. It works seamlessly with the programs you already know and use, including Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, and Microsoft PowerPoint®. It’s easy to try and simple to learn, and it works with your existing hardware. Office 365 also offers improved collaboration capabilities, including a password-protected portal to share large, hard-to-email files, both inside and outside of your organization.  Read on, below we eleborate on these benefits.

Powerful security features from Microsoft help protect your data, and when the service is released for general availability, it will be backed with a 99.9-percent uptime guarantee.

Anytime, Anywhere Access Office 365 provides web-enabled access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendar on almost any device—including PCs, Macintosh computers, iPhones, Android phones, and BlackBerry smartphones. Which frees you to work where and when you choose, letting you respond to important requests right away, from almost any location. With the ability to access email and documents from your mobile device, you don’t need to hurry to the office or look for a WIFI hot spot. And if you’re traveling without access to Microsoft Office, Office 365 helps you view and edit documents from web browsers on PCs and Mac computers. Take control of when and where you work with Office 365.

Create a professional face for your business using professional services like Office 365. It tells potential customers that you’re serious about business. For example, you can impress your prospects by inviting them to a collaborative online meeting where you can review your latest proposal. With these state-of-the-art but easy-to-use collaboration, mail, and messaging services, you can set yourself apart from organizations that use free or ad-supported services. A custom domain name further enhances your branding, and Office 365 includes design tools to easily create a professional, public-facing website in minutes.

 Easily communicate and collaborate inside and outside your organization. With Office 365, you can create a password-protected portal to share large, hard-to-email files both inside and outside of your organization, giving you a single location to find the latest versions of files or documents, no matter how many people are working on them. Send instant messages to colleagues and customers and invite them to participate in online meetings where you can review documents or take control of a desktop.

It is simple to Use Office 365.  It is easy to try, simple to learn, and straightforward to use. You don’t need to learn new software, install complicated systems, or learn new jargon. In just a few minutes, you can create a trial account and see how easily your business can be “in the cloud” with benefits usually found only in larger organizations.

It offers email, collaboration, and online meeting solutions. Microsoft has years of experience delivering scalable, secure online solutions. Enhance your Office experience with Office 365 features like a 25-gigabyte (GB) mailbox that accommodates attachments up to 25 megabytes (MB), calendaring, contacts, online meetings, instant messaging, document collaboration, and more. With Office 365, you can take advantage of these easy-to-use solutions and advanced features at a small-business price.

Safety and Security Security is priority at Microsoft data centers. With Office 365, you can use the same systems used by Microsoft and other enterprises worldwide to help protect email, documents, and networks. These systems scan your messages and documents for spam and malicious software (also called malware) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Microsoft data centers help safeguard your data and are certified to meet several industry-standard certifications, including the ISO 27001 certification and the EU Safe Harbor seal.

Seamless coordination with the tools you already know.  Office 365 works seamlessly with the programs you already know and use, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These tools provide the same great features you rely on as well as powerful capabilities in Office 365. With Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office Professional Plus, you can see if others are editing the document you’re using, synchronize documents with your desktop, broadcast PowerPoint presentations, and check documents in and out of your online document library. These and other features are automatically enabled when you use Office 2010 and Office Professional Plus with Office 365. 

There are no requirement for advanced IT knowledge.  Office 365 administration is designed for organizations without a massive IT staff, so you can easily set up and use the features, helping you focus on your business rather than on learning menus and technical lingo. Perform administrative tasks using an intuitive, web-based portal that is accessible only to people you designate. The online portal provides step-by-step instructions on how to add users and set up your account so your employees can quickly start using Office 365.

Not to mention, there is a money-back guarantee. Office 365 helps safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, disaster recovery capabilities, data centers in multiple locations, and a strict privacy policy. The Microsoft data centers that deliver Office 365 are designed with redundant networks, power systems, servers, and continuous monitoring. These and other high availability safeguards provide the basis for the 99.9-percent uptime, money-back guarantee that are included with the service after the release for general availability.

 Flexibility for Your Business. With Office 365, you get pay-as-you-go pricing options that give you predictability and flexibility for your business. Office 365 also offers great flexibility by allowing you to easily provide users with only the services they need, cost-effectively adding value to your business.

For more information on implementing Office 365, please Contact

 Bayside Networks   P: 858-654-4080    Email info@baysidenetworks.com

What does “Pure IT” mean?


According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary “Pure” means: “unmixed with any other matter”

What does “pure” have to do with IT support and services?  A lot!  Your business requires many elements to thrive.  IT being one of the main pillars supporting most businesses.  the Pure IT support services concept offers the best value to your business so you can focus on your core business objectives, instead of worrying about your computer systems or the reliability of those you trust to service those important systems.

Pure IT- Get the assistance you need, without the sales agenda.

At Bayside Networks our love for providing IT service is pure.  Our business model is simple, our rates are reasonable and fair and our techs are professional, responsive and reliable.  Not to mention we back up all our work with a guarantee.  How many other IT service providers can offer that?

Many of our clients appreciate the fact that we offer Pure IT service, support and consultation.  We are vendor independent, and therefore do not have an agenda to sell you hardware or software.  Our client retention and client referral rates are proof of that.  Our goal is simple; to help your business run effectively through our reliable and straightforward IT support services.  We will help you plan for any IT endeavor, large or small both on site and remotely and assist from the planning stage through implementation, as well as provide ongoing support.

Whether your business handles IT issues and projects in-house or out-sources the work, Bayside can help keep your IT goals on track and within budget. 

See what our clients have to say about us:  http://www.baysidenetworks.com/testimonials.html