It doesn’t matter what business you’re in technology is bound to be one of the most important factors to consider as you grow your company. Think about it, whole businesses can be now be created entirely online. Even with all of the technological advances we’ve experienced, there are still quite a few kinks to regularly figure out.
We’ve become so used to digital workflows that we rarely see a company that hasn’t fully adopted the latest technology trend as a standard way of doing business. Although some processes have been streamlined through the use of technology, there are also challenges. We still have to troubleshoot, secure, store, and back up our data. We’re essentially at the mercy of technology working properly – so that our businesses can be efficient.
Let’s look at two ways that our reliance on technology can also be an inconvenience!
Slow = Poor performance
Whether it’s a flaky internet connection that cuts out every few minutes or an older model iPad that can take (what seems like) forever to process a payment or load a document, technology can sometimes be slow and unreliable. It may not be a common occurrence but when it does happen it can be frustrating.
All technology degrades over time due to a number of different factors. It could be inefficient software, maxed out storage capacity or even outdated components that can’t power newly updated software.
Keep your systems up to date. Implement processes to make sure that your hardware runs efficiently (don’t overload internal storage, limit internet use, upgrade software as needed). You’ll also want to add a line item to your business budget for new or updated hardware periodically. With software changes happening daily, it’s important that your hardware is able to handle the programs that you’ll be using.
Not sure where to start? It’s okay. Most of us aren’t IT literate. Luckily, there are IT managed services to help you overcome these limitations. Hiring or contracting a professional to help manage your IT services is a great way to assess potential problem areas.
Consistency = Optimal integration
Get the most out of the technology used by your business. Make sure that your team is properly trained and comfortable with the systems you use. Most employees understand how to use a computer, but there are some subtle differences to account for.
For example, did you know that some Mac OS users find it hard to switch to Windows and vice versa?
There are many small nuances that make it difficult to learn a new operating system, and the same applies to software. Asking someone to go from Microsoft Office’s powerful suite to Google Doc’s free service might be a little awkward initially.
It’s important to consider the best ways to integrate and maximize the benefits of technology into your business. Whether it’s teaching your employees how to use new software or hiring the right service provider to help manage it all, it’s important that you take the proper steps to make sure that you’re getting the most out of the systems and programs you use.