When start-ups and small businesses start out they often neglect to level up their business technology, this could be down to a prioritization of resources, a lack of funds or simply because their business technology isn’t at the forefront of their mind – but this can have a negative impact on their growth and profitability. Whether your business directly deals with the technology sector or not, the internal technology used within your business, such as laptops, computers, servers and cloud need to evolve with the times to ensure that you remain able to deliver a premium service and that you are also protected from the latest cyber threats. So how can you level up?
Update your devices
When businesses decide to level up their technology this usually means starting with an update of their business hardware itself. Mobile phones, laptops, desktops, printers and even iPads – whatever technology devices your office uses it’s important to try and keep them up to date to ensure that you are able to access all the latest features and benefits. There’s no need to rush out and buy the next new iPhone as soon as it’s released but a fairly regular update of your systems will ensure that you are operating at maximum efficiency. Trading in old devices can help to keep the cost of upgrading down and doing this semi-regularly will stop your business from having to shed out for brand new technology all at once.
Enlist a technology partner
If you want more time to focus on your business then enlist the help of technology partner who will focus on optimizing your IT systems for you. When you decide to take on a technology partner you are getting more than just IT support and a strategic resource. Technology partners learn your business inside and out and work tirelessly to ensure that your technology is safe, secure and efficient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If downtime is not an option for your business then utilizing a technology partner can help to ensure your systems stay up and running even in the event of a security threat or natural disaster.
Invest in staff training
It’s safe to say that technology is continuing to advance at breakneck speeds and it can be hard for even the most tech savvy employee to keep up. There’s no point having the latest technology and IT systems if your staff don’t know how to get the most out of them and it can be frustrating for staff to be given new devices if they’ve only just got to grips with the old one. It’s therefore important to invest in staff training and personal development programs to help your employees utilize all that your systems have to offer, this will not only help them to be more productive and efficient but will also give them greater confidence. Training on new systems can also help to boost staff morale and employee retention as they begin to see you investing in their development.