Bowes IT Solutions has been providing business computer support in Niagara since 2003. We have a great group of clients, some of whom have have been clients since before Bowes IT was even formed. And we’re changing things up a bit.
Me, I’m Glen, I own, run, and do the business. I’m MCSE, A+, and Network+ certified and I’m a Microsoft Small Business Specialist. But back to Bowes IT Solutions.
There are plenty of fads in IT and there are plenty of things that stick. The things that stick are simple — computers are meant to provide a return on investment and for practically every busineses, computers are strategic assets.
And then there are the fads. Need a few examples?
Managed Services for Small Business
I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve looked into pr0viding managed services and there are good qualities, but really, in our economy does it make sense for business with 1 or 2 or 3 servers to pay a handsome monthly fee for someone to keep an eye on logs? I prefer to take the quality from manages services — like being alerted to problems — and simply providing the service pro bono to clients who value my work.
Big Honkin’, Big Money Servers and Equipment
I love servers. I am constantly working with Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server and the like but I recommend what my clients need and what fits into their budget. There are tons of excellent alternatives to just about any “must have” IT product.
I Need to Sell Equipment to Maximize Profit
I’m in bushiness, I get the maximized profit thing but my value my clients is in providing expertise. It’s easy as all get out to recommend a product more on its profit potential than its real value in a business. As a sometimes flexible rule, I don’t resell equipment. I know some of the best resellers in the area and they do their jobs extremely wel and often at less cost than I could anyway. I help my clients decide on the right product without prejudice and we source it locally.