IT networks at SMEs

The digital cornerstone of every company:
Secure data transport via IT networks.

The digital transformation of SMEs

It is widely known that traditional business models have reached their limits in today’s world. Particularly with SMEs who are conscious of their tradition and have grown over many years, the need for digitalization is becoming clearer from year to year. Those who fail to position themselves with an eye to the future will be overtaken by competitors and new market players.

As many are now aware: Companies are increasing their digitalization budgets year for year. However, mere investment in products and production is not enough. The key is in designing efficient business processes, which now and even more in the future are dependent on fast, secure, and reliable data transmission. And for this, there is a vital basic requirement: A professional, powerful company network.

Read about why SMEs should invest in digitalization and which network requirements must be met.

NIS2 now also applies to SMEs

No company is too small not to attach importance to its own cyber security. In fact, this care will also be required by law in future as a result of the NIS2 directive. Companies with as few as 50 employees or an annual turnover of 10 million are affected in the defined CRITIS sectors. Failure to do so will be very expensive and unpleasant from October 2024 at the latest. Check now whether you are covered by the directive and which requirements you have to fulfil:

Check need for NIS2 action

How is the status quo?

According to a survey, German SMEs are climbing the digitalization index point by point.

With a value of 59 points on Deutsche Telekom's digitalization index in April 2022, SMEs are moving in the right direction: This value is up a point over the previous year.

Each year, companies assess their digitalization efforts and the progress of  transformation in areas such as customer relationships, company productivity, business models, and security and data protection. They also provide information on their current investment plans.

Digitalization strategy equals success strategy

Which current changes caused by digitalization affect SMEs? For the IT strategy of SMEs, three developments are driving change in the IT network infrastructure:

1. Distributed working

Remote, interdisciplinary, and at multiple sites

2. Data analysis and process optimization

Efficient processes and measuring success

3. Industry 4.0

Networking and self-controlling systems

Requirements of corporate networks

Every company has to meet its customers’ requirements. And these build on digitalization. An integrated, scalable, and resilient IT system is therefore crucial for the future. But what does that mean for the corporate network in concrete terms?

Deal with the increasing number of devices and data volumes

Integrate complex (cloud) applications securely

GDPR compliance

Ensure security of data and network infrastructure

Reliably transport business and time-critical data

Digitalization in medium-sized companies – a process

The digital transformation of medium-sized companies is not an easy undertaking, but one that is worthwhile: Digitalized companies have a clear competitive advantage. A high-performance and secure IT network is the foundation for reliable business operations and future-proof growth, and it protects companies from damaging cyberattacks.

Digital platforms, services, and working methods (smart working) improve communication and numerous processes, thus increasing productivity and revenues. Those who cleverly use the digital world to their own advantage demonstrate strong brand awareness and bind customers to their own company in a more long-term and satisfying way.

Learn everything you need to know to go through this process safely and at your own pace and scale on our topic pages. Let's tackle your digitalization together!

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The IT network as an engine for transformation

How to support digitalized business processes

The configuration and performance of the IT network has a direct influence on business success and risks. Only by paying attention to a solid foundation here will the digital transformation of SMEs be a success.

Secure access

Sophisticated cyber-security concepts reduce the threat from cyber attack. Granting remote access to different groups of people – employees, freelancers, teams – and making it easy means unhindered productivity.

Transmission speed and quality

Suppliers, logistics, warehouse, and branches: When all of these are well connected, internal business processes can be handled efficiently and products reach the customer more quickly. This development will intensify in the future. To keep pace with this, data transfer requirements must be factored in early on.

Data protection

An IT network that consistently repels intruders and guarantees GDPR compliance will reduce the personal liability risk for SME management in the event of data-protection breaches.

  • No backdoors, compliance with European law, GDPR conformity, cloud hosted in Germany: LANCOM demonstrates how IT security made in Germany works.

Data volume

External cloud-based applications are very much in vogue. On the one hand, they reduce IT effort and increase reach. On the other hand, they often require considerable volumes of data to be moved. A high-performance and adequately secured IT network is the fundamental prerequisite for taking advantage of modern applications and staying ahead of the competition.

For strong SMEs

What SMEs need now

SMEs are the top performers in the economy. To maintain business-process quality and competitiveness, the following IT network topics should have priority for digital SMEs.

Smart Working

Intelligent IT networks as the smart way to cut costs

The IT infrastructure has a direct influence on many business processes. Intelligent IT network technologies support digitalization in SMEs, automate and optimize processes, and contribute significantly to business success.

How intelligent SME networks ensure greater efficiency

Information security

Measures to prevent cybercrime

Ransom threats, data theft, espionage and sabotage – cyber attacks on German companies cause damages of EUR 203 billion every year. SMEs need to be familiar with these concepts and procedures for IT network security:

Why information security is a strategic issue

Digital platforms

Essential component of digital transformation

Leaner processes, new markets, stronger customer loyalty – digital platforms offer a variety of paths to higher added value, and they facilitate entirely new business models. What needs to be clarified is which platform suits the company best.

What digital platforms can do for SMEs

IT specialists

Strategies for dealing with the IT skills shortage

The search for IT specialists, which are scarce at the best of times, is a major task for SMEs and, with digitalization continuing, the situation is only going to get worse. So we have to get around this problem, if only to ensure IT security, which is so vital for survival.

How SMEs can counter the IT skills shortage

We are

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Denis Authier, Vice President International Business

Since its founding in 2002, LANCOM Systems has not only had to face the challenges of digital transformation itself, but above all has accompanied numerous other medium-sized companies in their digitalization in a spirit of partnership and trust.

We know first-hand how complex this task is and that it has to be solved individually. Get to know a partner who is in the same boat, in the same time zone, and in the same jurisdiction area! Together we will digitalize your company in a way that suits your purposes. We look forward to hearing your story and sharing ours with you.

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