How SMBs can keep connected without a CTO

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With the business world changed forever by the pandemic, and hybrid working split between home and the office here to stay, staying online and connected with your co-workers has never been more important.

This is particularly true for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), where quick collaboration and action can be the difference between winning that big brief, or missing out entirely.

But how do you make sure your SMB stays competitive without having the expertise of a full-time CTO, or even a dedicated IT department? Luckily there are a range of technologies to keep you up to speed, particularly when it comes to connectivity. Many small businesses often struggle with ensuring that they have strong and reliable connections both in the office and on the move, but the lack of a dedicated support team often means these issues get left behind.

In today's hybrid working world, staying connected with your co-workers has never been more vital. Whether it's a pitch meeting, investor call, or just an all-hands staff meeting where everyone is giving their project updates, having a video call drop due to poor connectivity is never a good look.

But there is a way to make sure your business network remains reliable and accessible whenever you need it - and it could be a lot easier than you might think.

You may already be aware of Aruba's enterprise business-focused technology offerings, but when it comes to your business, the company's Instant On portfolio of small business access points and switches could be the addition you never knew you needed.

Aruba offers two product lines aimed at ensuring your business stays online when it matters, with the AP11 and AP15 providing a quick and easy way to boost your connectivity.

The platform is able to ensure your business stays online by combining turbo-charged connectivity and robust bandwidth, with its Instant On access points working together to broadcast a network of Wi-Fi signals. This hopefully means an end to so-called "dead zones", as the platform's Smart Mesh Wi-Fi uses multiple Wi-Fi access points that communicate together to blanket your entire business with a strong signal. There are access points tailored to support indoor and outdoor areas. 

And if your business grows, your network can grow with it - just add more Instant On access points to increase network capacity and handle more devices when needed. No need for fiddly extra cables or expensive technician call-outs.

Setting up your network can be done in just a matter of minutes, with a handy companion mobile app letting you monitor connections and make sure your speeds are just how you need them. If you are out of the office, the app will send alerts if there are any issues, and Instant On boasts the latest security protection at no extra cost to you or your business.

This all means no need to have a full-time technician or IT expert on hand - giving you more time to focus on what's important for your business. So if you want to make sure your business stays truly connected as it grows, check out Aruba's range of technologies to find out more.