2016 will consist of pulling together tried and true IT solutions to support new business trends in an increasingly digital, mobile and socially interconnected world. From our perspective, small and medium business should take a hard look at these 4 areas to ensure a good year.

Think outside the office - make sure you have a business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) plan.

Cloud backup solutions are ideal for small businesses. A pay-per-use solution, backups are automated and and scalable without managing infrastructure.

Skyrocket your competitive advantage and efficiency while reducing capital spending.

Business owners who don't understand how cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology can improve business will be at a sharp competitive disadvantage, regardless of industry.

Keeping critical data safe should come first.

An easy place to start is to identify the data most important to your business which could include customer records or employee files - focus there first and take the necessary steps to protect it.

Don’t fall behind in this digital day and age. Customers need to find you, fast.

Not only does your website need to be mobile-friendly, it also needs to be responsive and have fast page-load times.  Google will be ranking pages higher for search with these attributes. Don’t forget to connect to other online web properties such as social media, directories and review sites as this also increases search ranking.