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Occam’s Razor and Small Business IT

September 16, 2021
Uplevel Philosophy

Does Occam’s Razor, the 19th century principle named after a medieval monk that simple explanations are better than complex ones, apply to today’s world of small business IT? Yes, I think it does.

Though Occam’s Razor has philosophical bent, more modern oriented concepts like the KISS Principle have made their way into the business world emphasizing that simplicity should be preferred to complexity. For small businesses, where resources and people are limited, and IT solutions abound, keeping things simple is a necessity.

Small businesses are smart to steer clear of enterprise class IT infrastructure because it is too complex and expensive. Small businesses don’t have time to configure and troubleshoot complex enterprise solutions, not to mention contacting multiple vendors to resolve problems.

But IT that is “too simple” is risky! For example, simple plug and play consumer grade IT infrastructure is neither reliable nor secure enough to run a business. Likewise, software only security solutions like anti-malware or UTM software alone are not robust enough to protect sensitive business data.

From its inception, Uplevel Systems has provided a hybrid software, hardware and cloud-based IT infrastructure solution that is designed for small and medium businesses and perfectly aligned with MSPs. Uplevel’s solution is simple. It’s easy to deploy for both office based and remote employees, and everything works well together. It is also secure, with a hardware firewall and critical data backed up to the cloud. Finally, Uplevel is reliable. Our products are used by thousands of small and medium sized business customers managing tens of thousands of endpoint devices, for which we provide 25 hour US based phone support.

Uplevel is a provider that scales with your business. Our monthly subscription model requires no up front equipment purchase, and advanced features, such as SD-WAN and Active Directory Domain Services, can be seamlessly added as needed.

Even in today’s world of complexity, sometimes centuries old philosophy like Occam’s Razor can still be relevant.