The modern business can never afford to stop innovating. In the current economy, there is a massive tug of war between small businesses and giant multinational corporations. It’s a battle of huge supply chains and economies of scale versus customer service and local knowledge. The good news is that with the right mindset and technology, it’s a battle your small business can win.
To keep your business competitive, it’s important to be fearless when it comes to adopting new technologies and solutions. Working with a managed IT service provider to outsource your business IT can have a positive effect on your bottom line and your processes – and it doesn’t have to be a painful transition. If you haven’t fully embraced modern IT, here are five things you can do right now to improve your business.
1. Commit to the Cloud
The future of business is in the cloud. Hybrid cloud adoption rates tripled last year, surging from 19% to 57%. Even if your business is already using cloud computing to some degree, you can benefit from going further. Many businesses are moving the entirety of their workflow to a cloud-based workspace like Google Drive. Cloud storage offers access to your information outside of the walls of your office, allowing employees to work remotely, and working in the cloud offers an extra layer of redundancy that can protect your business from data loss.
2. Prepare for Disaster
Putting together a strong business continuity plan is great for peace of mind – for you and your customers. It also shows a commitment to the future of your business, even in the face of potential disaster. Discussing disasters may seem a bit dramatic; after all, it’s unlikely that your office is going to burn down or be carried away to Oz in a tornado. But we aren’t just talking about natural catastrophes. Everyday disasters are some of the biggest threats to your business. Without proper preparation, a spilled cup of coffee or power outage can jeopardize the future of your business. Data loss can carry financial and legal consequences, and very few businesses can weather significant downtime. Disaster preparedness is a key part of a healthy IT philosophy.
3. Update Your Security Protocols
Cybercrime has been on the rise for years and shows no signs of slowing down. Small and medium-sized businesses are popular targets for cyberattacks since they tend to spend less money on security than larger companies. 60% of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack are out of business within six months. You can take several easy steps to shore up your cybersecurity today. Consider adopting two-factor authentication for access to company systems, as well as requiring employees to periodically change their passwords. We’ve all rolled our eyes at elaborate password requirements, but having strong passwords across the board can help make your business a hacker’s worst nightmare. Proper security training can also cut down on human error, reducing your company’s exposure to phishing and malware.
4. Consult a Managed Service Provider
If you have the time and tech savvy, you can make modest improvements to your business technology on your own. To really overcome your challenges, however, it may be necessary to work with a professional. A reputable IT service provider can offer consulting services to get to the bottom of your business’s challenges and design custom-tailored solutions to fulfill your needs. Outsourcing your IT is one of the best ways to innovate quickly without breaking the bank.
If your business technology is lagging behind the competition or you’re looking for an edge that can help you punch above your weight, improving your IT should be one of the first steps you take. If you’re ready to commit to changing your world through great IT, we’d love to have a conversation with you. The team at Preferred Technology Solutions is standing by to learn about your business and help you keep moving forward – all you need to do is say hello.