IT Expert Offers Top Tips to Help Small Business Owners Save Data, Avoid Technological Mayhem

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In “Navigating the I.T. Minefield: Straight Talk for the Small Enterprise,” author Leslie Knight explains the critical processes entrepreneurs must put in place to keep their business functioning should a computer disaster occur.

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If your systems are stolen or lost in a disaster, your information needs to be safe, secure and recorded somewhere so you don’t have to start from scratch.

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Nothing can bring a small business to its knees quicker than a hard drive crash, a network or server outage, or a natural disaster resulting in the loss of precious data. In “Navigating the I.T. Minefield: Straight Talk for the Small Enterprise,” http://www.ITMinefield.com, author Leslie Knight explains the critical processes entrepreneurs must put in place to keep their business functioning should a computer disaster occur.

“If your business is dependent on a computer, it may not survive if your system or critical processes are unable to function even for a few days,” says Knight.

With thousands of people losing their jobs in the current economy, many are starting a home business. Knight empowers home based business owners and other small business owners to put the correct systems in place in order to save a lot of money and heartache in the long run.

“Navigating the I.T. Minefield,” http://www.ITMinefield.com, addresses such issues as: backing up data; wired networks versus wireless networks; whether to use a network server or an old desktop computer that can be turned into a server; insurance; software piracy, managing website projects, choosing a service provider and disaster preparedness.

Knight also provides risk assessment tools to determine which areas of one’s business are the most vulnerable. She also shows business owners how to create an Asset Inventory in which configuration information and other vital data are maintained for every device – from lap top, to desk top, to printer, scanner, fax, router, and modem.

“While these kinds of details may appear to be mundane, from an IT perspective, they are the keys to your kingdom,” says Knight. “If your systems are stolen or lost in a disaster, your information needs to be safe, secure and recorded somewhere so you don’t have to start from scratch.”

Knight further cautions business owners to beware of hiring IT professionals who lost their jobs in the current economy, many of whom are taking on clients temporarily until they find a job again.

“One of the main reasons I wrote Navigating the I.T. Minefield, http://www.ITMinefield.com, is because I’ve seen far too many small business owners looking for a quick and inexpensive solution that often is not there when they need help later,” says Knight. “Small business owners are not aware of all of the risks to which they are exposed.”

One of the biggest risks concerns the lack of documentation. Says Knight, “When you hire an IT professional to set up your computer systems, network and servers, that person should provide you with documentation that you can hand to your next service provider.”

Without documentation – such as passwords or configuration information, Knight explains how a job that might have taken only 30 minutes could easily turn into an expensive six hour ordeal.

“I want to make sure your business is not vulnerable”, concludes Knight. “Capital is a precious resource to be spent wisely. “Navigating the I.T. Minefield” (http://www.ITMinefield.com) will empower you to identify any potential IT minefields and mitigate or eliminate your risks.”

To read a free Sample Chapter about “When Disaster Strikes,” from “Navigating the I.T. Minefield, please visit: http://www.ITMinefield.com.        

About Leslie Knight
Leslie Knight applies her 20+ years of experience as an IT expert for Fortune 50 companies to help entrepreneurs avoid IT minefields. A specialist in IT strategy development and disaster planning for small business owners, she is the General Manager of Knight Performance Management, LLC.

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