Budgeting for information technology (IT) services can be a challenge for small businesses. While many people may imagine an IT department as a team of nerds answering computer questions, what IT system looks like differs from business to business. In general, IT systems can include: providing employee technical support for devices (desktop computers, laptops, and mobile phones), securely storing data in the cloud, monitoring devices for security threats, upgrading devices as needed, maintaining servers, implementing new software and training employees to use it. The level of IT support that a small business needs depends on the nature of the data they are storing, the number of employees they have, and their need for software upgrades.
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