Technology Boosts Productivity

Staten Island commercial bank cites another step for small, medium firms

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Staffers who are often challenged to do more with less are moving toward tools that learn to work the way they do.

 

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, has observed a tendency of moving away from tools that require workers to learn how new technologies work.

 

Instead, there is a growing awareness of technology as a productivity driver. Because of this, businesses are re-evaluating their technology infrastructure.

 

Not surprisingly, Microsoft is asserting that the right technology can increase efficiency, save money and reduce waste.

 

Productivity solutions are evolving to provide easy access at any time, through any device, the company says.

For example, these allow users to stay connected anywhere and retrieve important documents as needed, without interruption.

If a small- or medium-size-business owner is at a client’s office, it's possible to use a phone or tablet to access a contract and share information instantly.

Owners can gain even more of a competitive edge, the company says, by connecting data from devices and sensors with the cloud and business intelligence tools.

As a part of its product life cycles and to accommodate the shift toward more modern technology, Microsoft says it will completely end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14.

Security patches and updates will no longer be available after this period, it notes.

Research from International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests businesses thoughtfully consider this juncture as a starting point for a shift toward newer technology, Microsoft says.

Quoting IDC, Microsoft relayed an observation that “We think customers should take advantage of this deadline and see it as an opportunity not only to move forward to a newer version of Windows but also to modernize and prepare for the next generation of computers. Hybrid and public clouds are important components of next-generation IT.”

IDC describes itself as a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

A variety of what Microsoft says are easy-to-integrate options are available for businesses ready to upgrade, including new servers, hosting partners and Office 365.

The flexibility of Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, to scale up or down aligns with the increased need for flexibility among small- and medium-size businesses, it says.

Azure integrates a growing collection of services – computing, storage, data, networking and apps – that help small- and medium-size businesses move faster, do more and reduce costs, it added.

Automating manual tasks and making it easier for employees to communicate and collaborate through modern technology mean small- and medium-size businesses can gain efficiencies and improve innovation, Microsoft notes.

And they can choose between deploying workloads and applications on premises or in the cloud to meet contemporary business demands, it says.

 

About Victory State Bank 

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office is in the community of Great Kills, and branches are in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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