Are you looking for that competitive edge? When was the last time you assessed your technology? If it’s been awhile, it may be time to update your technological tools.
In this article we’re going to talk about five technology upgrades to make your business run better. For those of you who are hesitant to make a switch because you’re “used” to the way you’ve been doing things, it’s time to stretch your wings a bit.
If you haven’t upgraded your technology in a while, the end of 2015 is the perfect time to assess your needs and look towards the future. Technology, as the image says, is a given and not a debate. So, let’s look at some ways you can make your business run better.
Upgrade Your Computer Systems
We’re talking computers, printers, iPads and mobile devices. Are yours so old that they’re slow and inefficient? If your equipment is languishing in the last century, upgrading these devices will certainly make life easier for you. New hardware can speed things up and increase your businesses’ efficiency.
If your employees aren’t using tablets yet, these are great tools because of their portability. Some businesses today are even replacing laptops and desktops with tablets. This has to make sense for your business, though.
For traveling employees, tablets are great because they are small and lightweight. Plus, their battery life is usually better than most laptops. For retail locations, tablets are nice because employees can use them as a selling tool, even processing payment on the store floor.
Store Data in the Cloud
Empower your employees to work from anywhere with ease, while keeping your important data backed up in the Cloud.
When you store files in the Cloud, it makes it easier for employees to collaborate on documents. It saves time, too, because you aren’t sending large documents back and forth through email. Cloud storage lets you have easy access, a great storage solution and enhanced sharing ability.
Upgrading to the Cloud helps your business run better and more smoothly.
Upgrade Your Security
We hear a lot about cyber-attacks in the news. Last year, nearly half of all small businesses had suffered some sort of cyber-attack, and their average loss was around $21,000. Knowing this, investing in cyber security seems like a no-brainer.
You may think you’re safer than the “big guys,” but in reality you are probably less safe. Small businesses in general don’t take any preventative security measures, so they are essentially leaving themselves exposed to cyber-attacks.
According to industry experts, small business is a huge target because attacks are automated. Small businesses are more attractive targets since they are usually less secure, and cyber criminals use automation to mass produce attacks.
Ensure your safety by making sure your Cloud is secure and consulting a cyber-security pro.
Use a CRM
A CRM is a customer relationship management system. By using a CRM, you’ll simplify tasks for your employees and help your business grow. CRMs help organize and manage your customer information, identify potential customers and improve your service and efficiency.
Look around online for a customer relationship management system that fits your needs.
Deploy Multiple Monitors
When employees use more than one monitor, their productivity increases, and this makes your business run better. The increase comes from more screen real estate. Employees are more organized and can have multiple views open all at once so they aren’t continually clicking between them.
Not convinced that you want to shell out the money for extra monitors? Pick a few employees and test it for yourself.
These are just five technology upgrades to make your business run better. You can certainly find more, especially if you haven’t upgraded your technology in a while. So, we recommend assessing your needs and looking towards the future.
It can be daunting to keep up with technological demands, but in today’s fast-paced world, you can’t afford to sit on the sidelines when it comes to technology.
Use technology to your advantage and harness its power. Then, watch your business soar.
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