There’s no getting away from it. If you’re going to grow your business, your technology needs to come along for the ride.
Not only that: it will actually dictate how well you can implement growth strategies, how much you can take advantage of new opportunities, and how far you can go with them.
Integrating your increasing technology needs into your plans for business growth means you’ll be on the front foot, with a system ready to handle the new demands of your business. The key is to get the right guys to advise you as the options are too many and your lack in knowledge is certain to take you down the wrong path.
Firstly, take your business mobile
Mobility is key. Staff are no longer desk-bound, and neither are your customers. The right technology can give your staff the flexibility they need to get their job done, on the spot, without having to travel back to the office to respond to clients, compute their data or publish content. And wireless access points on your premises, can allow your customers to use your internet, which is great for service industries, retailers and hospitality.
Irrespective of your industry, there is most certainly a mobile solution for your business that can unlock heaps of new potential revenue or client value.
Ramping up your data to the cloud
Of course, it’s not just about mobility: your data, or your network of cloud servers, will be bearing the brunt of new demands. Preparing for the increased workload will pay off quickly as you implement new services. Consider what kinds of things you’re going to be asking of your network: increased traffic, data crunching, new applications?
Will you need more computing power?
Some new cloud providers are able to scale up or down depending on demand, providing more flexibility to respond to the requirements of your staff and customers, making it affordable and excuse free to make the leap to cloud.
Move your applications to the cloud, as upgrades and patches can be managed for you. Many businesses also host their data in the cloud too, as the back up process is streamlined and more trustworthy than any other form of hardware technology.
Make the most of your data with analytics
A growing business collects more data. Make the most of it by selecting the right analytics tools that will allow you to make better decisions, when and where you need to. Business that use their analytic data to make decisions tend to make much better decisions and increases their odds for rapid growth.
Protecting your new assets
Most importantly, don’t forget about security. As businesses grow, they become more attractive targets for cyber criminals. Considering your increased security needs from the get-go will bolster your system’s capacity to resist attack. Incorporating additional security measures into your growth plans means you won’t be hit with unexpected costs, time-outs and embarrassing breaches that can really harm your reputation.
A small change in the way you work with digital files can get your entire business on ydox in no time, where safe file sharing & collaboration can take place behind secured firewalls.
With a product like ydox you can start small and allow the tech to grow with you.
So where does that leave you?
First, take stock of where you’re right now. How far will your current system allow you to grow? How long will you be sending sensitive files like invoices before you get hacked and become victim of cyber fraud?
If you don’t know, get some guidance. Think about the things you want to do and offer your staff and customers. Your strategic planning and business goals should give you a good idea of what support your network infrastructure will need to provide and which technologies can support the growth of your organisation.
Thinking about the two in tandem is the best approach to ensuring your plans for the future become reality.
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by Carl Wallace | CEO & founder