Getting the right technology for your business can be confusing and downright frustrating if you don’t know what you are looking for. After all, technology is supposed to make life easier and keep your business more efficient and organized. With so many rapidly evolving technologies now available, it can be hard to choose which to deploy inside your business. Today, we’ll go through three tips that can help you identify and deploy the technology that will work for you.
By analyzing your business’ needs, you can identify where technology could help, and where you already use it. The latter can be the key to not wasting money on new technology, as companies have a tendency to move quickly and create software redundancy. So, first thing’s first, you should conduct a full-scale technology assessment to see where your business stands. You’ll want to know what technology your business already has in place and how it is working toward your goals. Operations is a multi-faceted issue and you will want to make sure that you assess the technology in every department, including human resources, database management, and communications. The better you understand your business, the better you can ascertain which technology you can use to improve it.
You don’t want to have to replace all of your technology as your business grows, so choosing reliable technology that will grow with your business is a good strategy. New technology can be costly, so if you are going to go ahead with new technology projects, you need to prioritize actions that can help you both today and down the line.
Of course, any investment carries risk, and sometimes technology (or your business) grows faster than you have anticipated. There are options out there that can provide you flexibility, however. You can lease your equipment, which typically comes with frequent refreshes, or you can utilize utility computing in the cloud. Since cloud computing is structured to eliminate huge upfront costs, and basically turns technology investments into operational expenses, you can scale your computing needs simpler than if you commit to purchasing your IT and hosting in-house.
There are a lot of cool technologies out there, and many of them can help your business become more efficient and secure, but you really need them to help you be more profitable. In order to get the technology your business needs, you have to identify what your business needs. Buying new technology without a sense that it will get you a solid ROI in a pretty short order is not strategically sound for most small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).
Do you have remote employees? Do you need tools that can improve their ability to communicate or collaborate? Do you need cybersecurity tools that can help with employee training? Do you need technology to improve your customers’ experience? What your business needs is not always synonymous with what you want, so favor your business’ needs when investing in new technology and you will likely see better results.
At Advantage IT Management, our expert IT consultants can help you with your new technology deployments from end to end. We know what technology works for businesses like yours and how to get it installed and working for you quickly. Give us a call today at 251-662-9770 to learn more.