Chester Inc.’s IT Division keeps small businesses connected, secure, even remotely

Chester Inc.’s IT Division keeps small businesses connected, secure, even remotely

Chester Inc. is well known around the Region for its many architectural and construction projects that dot the landscape, from pharmacies to veterinary clinics and office buildings. They also offer comprehensive IT services that are proving ever more essential as the modern workplace changes and meets new challenges.

At the core of Chester Inc.’s IT offerings are their Managed Services. For a flat monthly fee, their team of experts and engineers is on hand to provide user support, cyber-security protection, disaster recovery and business continuity, preventative maintenance, and 24/7 monitoring of your network.

“The easiest way is to put in terms of dollars, and with us, you get a lot for relatively little cost,” said Chris Kotul, IT Division Manager for Chester Inc. “You don’t have to pay the individual salaries for a helpdesk technician, a security architect, or a wireless networking architect. If you hire us, we have all of those experts on the bench ready to help you when you need it.”

Kotul noted that managed security services are especially beneficial to small businesses. Around 60 percent of small businesses that suffer a severe malware attack do not recover.

“There are so many risks and misconceptions out there, it’s easy to think that as long as you have a firewall in your network or anti-virus on your computers, you’re safe,” he said. “That just isn’t the case. You need a team that’s able to mitigate those risks through software and hardware, of course, but also through training and helping you establish policy and procedure.”

Chester Inc. IT also offers extensive cloud solutions, with options that keep teams connected, reduce or eliminate the need for an office server room, and are tailored specifically to the needs of an individual business.

“It’s about connectivity,” Kotul said. “It’s kind of like we’re back in the time of Edison. It used to be that you would have your own windmill, water wheel, or something else generating power before the electric grid came along to do it for you. Now, instead of having your own servers, it’s us setting you up with Microsoft, Google, or Amazon who provide the connectivity for you.”

With businesses all around the Region shifting to a work-from-home model due to COVID-19, Chester Inc. IT’s cloud services and remote assistance became all the more important.

“Our clients needed to have remote connectivity, be it to a file server in their office, their phone systems, or even their own desk, but a lot of them already had those systems in place,” Kotul said. “That transition was very easy. We have a 40-plus employee client that operated out of an office Monday through Friday, 8 to 5, and we transitioned them to working completely remote within a single business day.”

Chester Inc. is northern Indiana’s exclusive Architectural & Construction, Information Technologies and Agricultural Systems firm providing a one-stop seamless turnkey solution!

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