One of the many live event and sporting casualties of COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games were postponed by one year and are now gearing up to take place in Japan, kicking off on July 23. After a long stretch, including months of COVID-related lockdowns, managed IT services providers, like us, are working overtime to ensure safe work-from-home environments. The Games bring a highly anticipated sense of a return to normalcy and an opportunity to bring nations together in a celebration of sport, athleticism and resilience.
The modern Olympics have been a fixture on the world stage since their first iteration in 1896. At that time, 280 (all male) participants from 13 countries convened in Athens, Greece to compete in 43 events. The VIII Games, which took place in Paris, France in 1924, elevated the Olympics to new levels of popularity, with 3,000 competitors (including 100 women) representing 44 nations. The Winter Olympics were introduced that same year.
Fast-forward to the most recent Summer Olympic Games, hosted in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and this quadrennial event shows no signs of slowing down. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries participated in over 300 medal events.
During the 125 years of Olympic history, the Olympic rings have remained a constant symbol, one the International Olympic Committee describes as “the visual ambassador of olympism for millions of people.” And just as the 5 rings are representative of this best-in-class global event, Colorado’s leading managed service provider, Amnet, takes a 5-pronged approach to delivering best-in-class IT management and IT solutions. Let the games begin!
Ring 1: Managed IT Services
Managed service providers (MSPs) have increased exponentially in recent years. Organizations have become so reliant on technology that even a minor interruption can be devastating to operations. Furthermore, new technological tools, applications and updates are flooding the market daily, and MSPs play a major role in ensuring their smooth and secure implementation, often resulting in significant cost and/or labor savings. By engaging the right MSP partner, organizations can focus their limited time and energy on their unique growth goals and leave the involved, albeit critical, business of IT management to the professionals.
Amnet is that right MSP partner. Much like Shawn Johnson, Simone Biles and the 2016 American Olympic men’s basketball team, Amnet prides itself on its peak performance, providing unparalleled and cutting-edge support in an ever-changing technological landscape.
Ring 2: Cybersecurity
Forget Olympic athletes. You know who is really driven and perseverant? Cybercriminals, that’s who. They are dedicated to honing their craft, and our vulnerability-ridden, cyber-connected environment is their training ground. Cybint shares some startling stats that demonstrate just how relentless cybercriminals are:
- A hacker attacks every 39 seconds
- 64% of businesses have experienced a web-based cyberattack
- $3.9 million is the average cost of a data breach on small- and medium-sized businesses
And COVID-19 hasn’t slowed these bad actors down. Not one iota. In fact, the pandemic has made them even more driven and perseverant. There has been a 300% increase in cybercrime activity since March 2020. That’s where Amnet and their commitment to cybersecurity solutions come in handy.
Just as you are unlikely to best Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly, you are unlikely to best the varied and continually evolving suite of cyberthreats without support from the experts. The Amnet team of IT consultants and cybersecurity professionals know how to keep your business safe and secure.
Ring 3: Microsoft Office 365
Think of Microsoft as the seasoned, serial gold medal winner of the Games. While Microsoft has always been an unstoppable player in the technology space, their Office 365 cloud productivity suite of services has attained new levels of functionality, network security and efficiency in recent years. Hence, their gold-medal-winner status, technologically-speaking.
Some of the key benefits of Office 365 include:
- Cost savings: Office 365 is available on a subscription basis, translating to an affordable monthly fee rather than a substantial upfront cost
- Ability to work from anywhere: as a cloud-based tool, users can work from anywhere and on any device, provided they have internet access
- Real-time collaboration: multiple versions of files are a thing of the past through Office 365’s collaboration tools which allow all team members to work in the same files
Amnet knows Office 365 inside and out and how to best optimize it for your business operations with minimal downtime.
Ring 4: Business Continuity
The road to the Olympics is paved with rigorous planning, discipline and proactive preparation. Not unlike business continuity planning.
If 2020, with its global pandemic and chaotic weather patterns, has taught us anything, it’s to prepare for the worst. With proper business continuity processes in place, your organization can be up and running again with minimal downtime, no matter what the world throws at you. By being proactive, rather than reactive, floods, fire and blizzards are not the business-ending events they once were.
Ring 5: Cloud Consulting
Think of the cloud as the new athlete on the block making major waves at the Olympics. Many point to 2006 as the year that cloud computing became mainstream, and it hasn’t looked back. Fast forward to today – 90% of organizations are on the cloud, and cloud data centers are forecasted to process 94% of workloads this year.
Amnet’s team of cloud consulting experts will give your organization the scalable, mobile and profitable advantage of the cloud, securely and cost-effectively.
Amnet is dedicated to being the foremost secure IT support provider for Colorado businesses through a commitment to relationships, integrity, service excellence, and education and growth. Is your organization ready to go for the gold? Contact Amnet today and experience what best-in-class service really feels like.