With the business world changing at such a rapid pace, it can be hard to keep up with all of terms, trends and business lingo. Today, we’re unpacking everything there is to know about enterprise-level or enterprise-grade IT by answering a few simple questions.
#1 So, what is enterprise-level or enterprise-grade IT?
In a nutshell, something is deemed “enterprise-grade” or “enterprise-level” when it adheres to the standards necessary to support an enterprise-level organisation. They are tools designed and developed with an enterprise in mind. Some of the features of these IT solutions include:
- Security: Enterprise-level organisations are more at risk when it comes to data breaches and cyber attacks. They need superior security measures in order to protect themselves.
- Integration: Enterprise businesses use multiple different solutions, which need to seamlessly integrate with each other. Enterprise-grade solutions generally interact and integrate with other products, so that it is possible to deploy multiple products across the business.
- Support: Not only do modern enterprises need an effective way of manage internal users, they also need to manage their customers and partners across the globe. With enterprise-level solutions it is possible to support the needs of complex global distributed ecosystems.
- Versatility: Enterprise-grade tools must function in a way that supports a wide range of end users with different roles, privileges and responsibilities. This is to ensure that the IT solutions offer different levels of privacy and security and have a positive impact on productivity.
- Compliance: All businesses need to follow regulations but enterprises typically deal with more regulations than others. Enterprises need systems that are compliant long-term.
- Productivity: Enterprise-level solutions make it easier for users to collaborate, connect and communicate. This means supporting remote/mobile work using solutions that are easy to use and adopt.
#2 Why is this important?
Today, technology is a catalyst for cutting costs and, as such, should be seen as a competitive advantage. Enterprise IT solutions offer all of the benefits outlined above, allowing companies to improve the service they offer to their customers and providing the flexibility needed to scale. With solutions evolving to become more user-friendly and easier to implement, there is no longer a need for very specifically skilled individuals to manage these tools.
#3 Are enterprise-grade tools only for big businesses and not SMEs?
Not at all. In fact, as prices come down and the market becomes more competitive there are more and more opportunities for smaller businesses to take advantage of enterprise-grade solutions. Many of the IT solutions that were previously out of reach to smaller ventures are becoming more accessible because you no longer need to spend enterprise-level money to acquire enterprise-level products. All you need is the knowhow to understand what products will make the most impact across your existing business processes.
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