“Necessity is the mother of invention” – English Proverb
Growing a business can sometimes feel like fighting an uphill battle. Technologies evolve daily and create new challenges at almost every level within a company. With the proper know-how, however, you can easily turn technology into your secret weapons for business growth. Here are 3 ways to utilize technology to make sure your business changes with the times and not despite the times.
Reduce Costs with Cybersecurity
When it comes to cybersecurity, the best defense is a good offense. If you wait until the security breach happens, you’ve waited too long. When most people think of cybercrime, they immediately focus on the personal data that is compromised by attacks. The other huge point of concern is that cybercrimes result in phenomenal financial and reputational burdens for businesses. Industry reports show a grim outlook for the future, with some reports projecting that cybercrime damage costs [will] hit $6 trillion annually by 2021.
The answer to cybercrime is a proactive cybersecurity solution. As hackers evolve, so should your business. It’s more important than ever to invest in a cybersecurity solution that includes next-generation firewalls, malware protection, intrusion detection and more. The initial investment will save you down the line on everything from replacing hardware to the payroll hours it takes to install new systems.
Increase Efficiency with New Phone Systems
Go to sleep tonight with a profound, up-to-date understanding of the newest tech, and you’ll probably wake up tomorrow morning in the dark. Don’t worry, this is actually a good thing. As tech moves forward, businesses become exponentially more efficient.
For instance, modern office phone systems have the ability to operate as not only audio but video conference rooms. There are several benefits of video conferencing. Just from a productivity standpoint, this makes it possible to cut out those time-sucking, office-wide relocations to the conference room. Take that 10 minutes and extrapolate it across the office and you’ve saved hours that could be spent on business growth.
Improve Scalability with the Cloud
Business growth depends on a constant barrage of tasks for admin and IT teams. Most of these tasks have something to do with setting up employees with required software and hardware for their jobs. Example: Jack, Jim, and José show up for their first day on the job. They all need a full Microsoft setup and a few other proprietary programs. Historically, that would require hard copies on disks, serial numbers, and a patient (and not very busy) IT guy to handle installation.
With the cloud, businesses are now able to utilize scalability to get employees set up. With all software hosted remotely, such as Office365, a company’s preferences can be saved to speed preparations when a new employee joins. Then it’s as simple as clicking “add 3” to allow the authorized new hires to log in individually with their company emails. They are already set up with everything they need.
With the Cloud, employees start working sooner and IT teams focus on making a more efficient and secure system. To quote a definitive overview of scalability over at Cloud Assessments: “Scalability is one of the core concepts that aspiring Solutions Architects need to understand in order to be as effective as possible.”
Most businesses share a common goal of business growth. Now, you can have the foresight to invest time and money in tools and practices that will make it easier to grow. You can’t fight an uphill battle without the right secret weapons.
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