Making the Most of IT Technology to Propel Your Business Forward

The only real purpose of technology is to help make our lives easier. Most businesses realise this and embrace technology to make work-life easier, increase productivity and continue to move the organisation forward. That said, there are still a lot of businesses failing to get to grips with the latest technologies to help them develop.

Whilst IT is likely a part of the vast percentage of businesses in 2017, many struggle to use the technology available in the right way to grow and employees can struggle to make proper use of the various devices and applications available in their office.

Here we look at key ways for businesses to use IT with purpose:

Preventing rather than reacting

The old saying goes that “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, this isn’t a healthy way for businesses to look at their IT systems. It’s still quite common for business owners to look at IT as something that should be fixed when it’s broken, but this thinking could lead to expensive problems in the future. The right way to look after your IT systems is to look to prevent problems, rather than waiting until you need to fix them.

An IT problem prevention strategy requires a lot of behind the scenes work, including continuous monitoring, maintenance, regular backups and disaster recovery plans. The truth is, many small businesses lack the resources in house to deal with IT problem prevention, so it isn’t prioritised. In the case of an IT disaster, this could lead to very expensive downtime if employees can’t continue with their work, not to mention, the costs of fixing the issues.

The solution is to outsource IT support to the experts. An IT support company can provide proactive monitoring 24/7 so that they will know in advance if IT infrastructure problems that may affect the running of a business are impending. Problems can then be prevented before they become a reality.

Increase security

As businesses start to rely more on IT and internet connectivity, it’s essential for them to take cyber security seriously and take the right steps to protect their data, whether this be customer records, intellectual property, or finances. Stories about high-profile cyber security breaches are increasingly common in the news, but it’s not just big businesses that are at risk of cyber-attacks.

Attackers are much more likely to be successful when targeting a small organisation. In many cases, SMEs have much weaker defences — as a result of limited resources, cyber security is often down the priorities list. However, for a small organisation, a cyber-attack could potentially be fatal, so all businesses should budget to ensure that they defend what they have built.

Real time collaboration

In any business, team work and collaboration is essential. In the era of digital, technology is available to allow employees to collaborate on documents and share them in real-time. This means that rather than having to keep multiple versions of the same document on different computers, employees can work on the same document, reducing confusion and mixed messages.

Microsoft Office 365 provides the ideal solution for modern businesses, allowing all team members to keep track of work progress and collaborate on documents in the office and working from elsewhere.

If you feel that your business is being held back by your IT infrastructure, call the Network Support Company on 0800 180 4550 or arrange for a call-back.