The importance of working in one of the three big clouds

The importance of working in one of the three big clouds

Currently, it is vital that your company works in one of the three big clouds (Google, Azure and AWS). It allows you to create and store data and documents in real time on any device and anywhere.

Both companies and individuals must gradually forget about working and storing information in a physical disk. Thus, we will avoid data thefts performed by simply copying and pasting to another hard drive. In addition, some encryption issues or damages, that may entail losing important information, won’t happen. Nowadays, we normally store our business data in the cloud, but we must know that traditional hosts aren’t as secure as the three clouds. Therefore, it is important to know where to store our information.

Advantages of the cloud

Next, we will present some of the most important advantages of being in the cloud.

Accessibility is granted at any moment and in real time. You may check your data anytime, no matter if you are at the office, at home, or anywhere else. With a single click, you will be able to access and download the documents you need to work. It will no longer be necessary to carry around laptops, hard drives, or tablets.

Free space in your devices. Since IT equipment was invented, its storage capacity has always been key. Now, working in the cloud allows you to stop worrying about freeing space in your hard disk and deleting files no longer used. All data will be stored there without it taking up space in your device’s memory.

Improve your system’s performance. Since information will not be stored in a traditional fashion, your computer, tablet, or device will have more capacity to start up and load smoothly all programmes and apps installed there. For instance, in case you need to edit a document, you may download it locally to your device and, once you are finished, upload it again to the cloud. Thus, the three big clouds currently play a key role in this matter, given they are more powerful than almost any other.

The price will be adapted to your needs. Many clouds have a free version that will accommodate perfectly to your personal needs, since it offers a storage space big enough for you to save your private files. In case the cloud is intended for work purposes, most businesses opt for a paid version. It is always advisable to choose one of the three big clouds; this is due to the fact that, were your application to require more power or space, or were you to need big data tools or Artificial Intelligence, they will be able to provide you with unlimited growth to fulfil your necessities. Therefore, it is crucial to know the cloud where your information will be stored and ensure that your company will be able to expand in order to accommodate their data or programmes.

Share it with whomever you need. The cloud will provide you with an immense versatility. So much so that you will be able to share information or documentation with your contacts and customers anytime.

These are the main advantages of working in the cloud. If you still have questions about its importance, we will also introduce several indicators (KPIs) on the direct return from which you will profit.

KPIs on the direct return of working in the cloud

The most important aspect to consider is the rewards your company will obtain by working in the cloud. In the end, the goal is to get the maximum profit; for that purpose, you will need to use the market’s most powerful software and/or platforms.

KPIs in the cloud
KPIs in the cloud

These will be the benefits of working in the cloud for your company:

  • Cost reduction in the IT department.

  • Scalability: markets are constantly changing. Therefore, companies need to be located in one of the three big clouds to be able to accommodate to any new goals and necessities that may arise. These changes tend to be periodically repeated for businesses. One instance of this is introducing new software products, which requires an important investment of work time. Therefore, working with the cloud will help you in this matter, since your specialised provider will adapt to it.

  • Business continuity: storing and securing all data in the cloud is essential to avoid breaches and unlawful access to them. Your company’s stability depends on having a platform backed by a high-quality security system, which is guaranteed by the three big clouds. Devoting time to system crashes, data losses, or any other kinds of issues leads to inactivity and, thus, to a decrease in the company’s productivity.

  • Efficient collaboration: having a direct, immediate connection to your software provider is vital. Working with a cloud vendor guarantees smaller time losses than having servers in your office, where network and compatibility issues always require many hours to be solved.

  • Work flexibility: we all know that the year 2020 entailed a radical change in many daily tasks of our lives. Obviously, the work sphere was truly impacted, too. Therefore, if your company needs to implement a fixed or partial remote-work system, you may want to hire a high-availability cloud, which will allow you to stop worrying about any issues derived from that situation. Any company user will have access to the files in the cloud anytime.

  • Automatic updates: all improvements and benefits granted by the three big clouds are directly incorporated to your services. You will no longer need to lose time to install and update your system. Google, Azure and AWS invest millions of dollars each month in order to improve their cloud services (security, functionality, availability, etc.), which is something other provides can’t achieve. Software products developed in one of these three clouds have constant access to multiple updates, which are implemented in their clients’ systems in a transparent, immediate way.

  • Real-time work: you will avoid the need to email documents to users or clients, which will prevent data privacy breaches. Since files will be permanently stored in the cloud, they will be able to access them easily.

Now you are aware of the importance of working in one of the three big clouds. To stay up to date about the sector’s news, please check our blog.

Why do pest control companies need an ERP?

ERP for pest control companies

At the beginning of 2020, the world changed forever; thus, this sector experienced a great metamorphosis, too. Companies’ digitalisation was accelerated even more than expected, since it was the only way for businesses to survive.

Market’s trends showed that companies needed to work with an ERP software adapted to their sector. In fact, the number of businesses that opted to work with a cloud-based programme increased so as to safeguard all their information and be able to work with the greatest versatility possible.

What is an ERP?

An ERP, or ‘Enterprise Resource Planning’, provides with a set of resources and tools to centralise and optimise all business processes. It works as a space or platform that gathers all data regarding a company in order to manage them in a much more direct, efficient way. This makes most brand’s work processes easier.

Which advantages does an ERP offer to pest control companies?

A comprehensive organisation of your company will allow you to have all necessary information available in real time. Efficiency in your work processes will contribute to maximising your business’s profitability.

Gaining control over all business decisions you need to make is vital to keep growing. Having all data in your hands will make the decision-making process quicker and more accurate.

Nowadays, adapting to the sector’s real needs is mandatory for all pest control companies. Specialisation is now more necessary than ever so that your business stands out among your competitors.

But, for that matter, you need to work with a comprehensive ERP exclusively conceived for your sector. The software you choose will be key for your business’s growth, so the app’s modules will need to evolve constantly.

An ERP must meet the sector’s current needs and have a vision about its future. Technology must be implemented to improve the company’s performance. Task automatisation entails great time and money savings.

A company’s human resources must focus on improving other aspects, but routine processes must be systematically performed by an ERP. Furthermore, tasks duplicates are, thus, avoided, too, and costs are reduced.

Integration with other actors in the sector

For any business, being renowned in this sector is essential. Therefore, your pest control ERP needs to integrate all actors in the sector. For instance, it may grant you access to learning platforms and official training courses, so that you may manage your technicians’ licences through official institutions.

It is also crucial to be in direct contact with the sector’s main providers. This will allow you to place orders to vendors in a simple, comfortable way and to manage them quickly.

After all, it is necessary to have a comprehensive board, so that all purchases, orders, and returns are available at a glance. Bear in mind that these are the company’s expenses, and it is vital to manage this kind of resources properly in order for warehouses to have the stock needed.

Obviously, you must demand that your ERP facilitates the contact with the sector’s many vendors, and that these provide you with their products’ catalogue along with all the official information, safety data sheets, registrations, etc. automatically.

Regarding planning, you need to be able to schedule the sector’s events in your calendar. Your company may not have a marketing department, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep working to expand your brand and continue growing.

What happens with my data’s security?

One of the fundamental aspects is for the ERP to be hosted in one of the three big clouds, whether it is Google’s, Amazon’s or , or Microsoft’sYour company’s information, as well as your customers’, is the most important thing. Therefore, it needs to be saved and stored in big servers.

Data centres (where your data are stored) count on strong security measures against hackers wanting to access them. Be aware of the fact that, if you decide to save the information in a traditional way in your computer, any system failure or employee with access to them may download it all steal all your data.

However, working with an ERP will allow you to control at all times each employee’s access to information and limit the data they may view. You will always have the capacity to either open or close the range of authorisations in real time.

Think about the security of your customers’ information. Confidentiality and data protection will be thus ensured. In addition, nobody will be able to extract certain customer details and steal the portfolio it took you so much time and effort to build.

Regarding storage’s capacity, the cloud is a practically unlimited space. If you work in an office and save your information locally, there will come a time when you will no longer be able to store more data. Furthermore, working in the cloud will ensure that documents are perfectly organised.

Now you are aware of the importance of working with an ERP for pest control companies. Don’t lose any more time and choose an ERP specialised in the sector.

Cybersecurity in iGEO

Cybersecurity in iGEO

In this post, we will talk about iGEO’s security and cybersecurity policies, which are one of the main foundations of our software and to which we devote many resources, both financial and technical. This is something a few know, but that, of course, differentiates us from other programmes.

Since the very beginning, we have been aware of the relevance of safe data storage for those companies working with iGEO. A key decision was to trust since day one in one of the three big clouds; in this case, iGEO is hosted in Google’s, where information is stored using the most secure, trustworthy methodologies.

Cybersecurity: why Google Cloud?

Google is one of the leading companies in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), due to the vast number of products it offers. This allows us to implement many innovations that are useful for iGEO’s features, and with the maximum security.

As you all know, iGEO invests in introducing new technology. Hence, we have always been sure about working with a server platform that makes the incorporation of new, powerful developments to our software easy. Given Google’s infrastructure and its constant progress, our development department, along with that of RDI, implements new features through Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, and other technologies in iGEO.

How are iGEO’s data stored in Google?

Instead of storing users’ data in a single machine, we work with multiple data centres, each of which is set up as a server hive. Thus, data are fragmented into different locations, which complicates accessibility.

In case an intruder intended to reach the information stored in the servers, they would have to surf and hide at the same time across Google’s servers, which would make it truly difficult for them to get any information at all. To hinder this process for any hacker, we encrypt not only all data and communications, but also their fragments as an additional security measure, and store them in different Google servers.

In addition, in iGEO, we have set up firewalls and other security tools that block the access to the information stored in our servers. We invest a significant amount of our financial resources in security.

Updates and backups

While iGEO’s users work with the application at any time of the day, all data are recorded and stored in our different servers. But the most crucial aspect is that backups are automatically performed every hour, which would allow us to recover all data in the event of a disaster. These are stored in different data centres across Europe and the Americas, and we are working for them to be even hosted in the Azure’s cloud, which belongs to Microsoft. Thanks to these backup systems, we comply with several ISO security standards, which are added to the ones provided by Google.

In spite of all, iGEO is the only app, not only in this sector but also in many others, that has complete data transparency. Regarding accessibility, we provide you with a feature within our platform that allows you to download a file containing all your data stored in iGEO. It is essential to have these options available, so that your information is not captive in the software with which you work in the event that you want to stop using it.

For that matter, our helpdesk department will verify who requested to download those sensitive data by following a strict security protocol. This process entails a series of procedures and verifications so that the company’s manager authorises it themself with the highest safety level.

On which aspects does cybersecurity focus?

Cybersecurity may be defined as a practice to defend devices, servers, computers, networks, and data against malware attacks. Next, we will explain the different kinds of cybersecurity that are applied in iGEO to work with Google’s servers:

  • Network security: it protects the system from malware aimed at accessing your network.
  • Application security: it focuses on keeping iGEO’s software free of threats and limits to a great extent the access to the information entered in the app.
  • Information security: it protects data integrity and privacy while storing and transferring them through an encryption protocol.
  • Operating security: it includes customised processes and permissions for each user to access the information stored in iGEO.
  • Data recovering: if, under any circumstances, an attack or procedure causing a data loss occurs, in iGEO we have the possibility to recover them and restore all operations and information that existed before in order to ensure your work’s continuity.

Other advice to reduce the chances of cyberattacks against your equipment

Regarding other security aspects, you as users must adopt certain measures to preserve your equipment’s cybersecurity:

  • Update your operating system: by doing so, you will also profit from the latest security improvements in your work device.
  • Use an antivirus: install this kind of software in your devises so that you are protected against malware and alerted against sites that may jeopardise your work.
  • Change your passwords: iGEO always provides you with credentials at the highest security level. However, it is advisable to change passwords yourselves every so often. To achieve a high security level, you may combine numbers, letters, and symbols.
  • Do not click on suspicious links: in iGEO, we will never request passwords or relevant information via email. Hence, if you receive a suspicious email asking for your credentials, please delete it straight away or, in case of doubt, contact us or the company that is allegedly requesting them.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi access is safe: sometimes, connecting to an open network may be counterproductive. Therefore, we recommend you to do so only in completely secured spaces. Some open networks, like those in airports, monitor your browsing activity. Even though they don’t have access to your passwords, this is still a clear example of violation of your privacy.

Now you know what cybersecurity is and how to protect it in your daily work. To stay up to date about the sector’s news, please check our blog.