MEET GI’s PRESIDENT: DON MONISTERE
Don has been involved in Information Technology since the early 90’s having served as the CEO and President of Vista Information Systems from 93-2008, At TekLinks from 2008 to 2017 serving as the President the last two years, before being Acquired by CSpire. While at TekLinks he also ran the Cyber-Security practice. Don began serving as President of General Informatics in 2020, one of the fastest growing Managed Service Providers in the Southeast.
Q: What are some strategies my company can use to make sure it keeps up with constantly changing technology?
Q: What types of technology-related products and services are musts for any small business?
Monistere: Cloud computing is all the rage. You can’t watch television without hearing something about the cloud. But what does this really mean? In a nutshell, this means utilizing remote computing services that can be consumed in a pay-as-you-go model. This is essential for small and medium-sized businesses, because you can gain access to the latest technology without enormous outlays of precious capital. It also allows companies to scale as they grow, so you only pay for what you need, when you need it. As soon as a company can begin consuming in a managed cloud service model, they should.
Q: How can technology help my company be more effective, save money and improve revenue?
Monistere: As mentioned earlier, the pay-as-you-go model works well for companies that could experience slow growth or, more importantly, hyper-growth. In the past, you had to guess at what you thought demand for technology might be and then over-buy to account for potential growth. Utilizing a managed and cloud services consumption model allows you to grow as fast or as slow as your company is growing or contracting. Data is king in today’s world, and the quicker you input that data, the faster it can be monetized. Allowing your users to connect from anywhere on any device utilizing Server 365 enables small and medium-sized businesses to securely input and access data quickly and conveniently.
Q: What are some of the key components of an overall IT strategy?
- Application and Application management. What applications are you using? Which ones need investments to improve? What applications will be retired? The applications that we interface with everyday must be strategically planned to ensure efficiency within your workforce.
- Access. Who and from where will your users be able to access the corporate assets? What rights will each user have? It is vital to know which employees have access to what information at all times. Companies can use a tool like Server 365 to provide secure device management and connectivity to ensure that company information is protected.
- Security and Data Protection. To what degree should we replicate and protect our data? Backups, firewalls, intrusion detection, and disaster recovery must all be addressed here. The corporate data is an asset and must be protected appropriately.