Keeping Up With Information Technology For Business
Dan Levenson November 05, 2015
Finding ways to keep up with information technology for business probably sounds overwhelming in a time when technology evolves nearly overnight. Yet you know it’s something you absolutely need to do in order to stay ahead in the business world.
With business competition being more intense than ever, you can’t afford to fall behind. Not having the right tech for your company also places you at risk for specific dangers that could affect you legally and financially.
The problem with keeping up with IT today is finding enough time while simultaneously running your business. Overall, unless you are a technology professional yourself, it’s usually not a good idea to choose your technology on your own. Even if it seems like it will save you money, it’s best to have a true expert choose for you so you know what really works for you.
Getting a tech audit is well worth the extra time just to find out what you truly need. Because you’ve only worked in one place for so many years, you likely don’t fully understand what kind of technology works best for your business structure in a contemporary context.
Nevertheless, you have many methods available to help keep you a step ahead on technology advances. Most of them are easily done right in your office, though worth the effort to do a little traveling if necessary.
Working with Tech Consultants
As mentioned above, hiring technology experts is one of the best first steps you can take. In this sense, a consultant (or even a managed service provider) can help you find and implement the technology your company absolutely needs in order to function.
The reason this is important is because IT consultants work in the field and know the realities of what companies are going through. They’ll know exactly what kind of technology best suits you based on their expertise working with similar companies to yours.
Plus, with managed services, you always have full monitoring so you’re protected from the worst cyber threats. The latter could bring excessive downtime, which could lead to major financial problems.
Attending Tech Conferences
You may feel like you don’t have time to travel, yet attending a tech conference can ultimately pay back the travel costs. Attending one of these conferences in person enables you to link up with tech experts and actually see new technology being demonstrated.
This kind of live interactivity is important so you can truly see what could work for you and what wouldn’t. Once you choose tech that could nearly cut your work time in half, your ROI will likely go through the roof. Even better, conferences let you network with tech experts so they can become future consultants on the side.
RSS Feeds and Online User Groups
If you don’t want to hire a consultant or simply can’t travel now, you still have plenty of opportunity to find out information online. You’ll find some who say using RSS feeds to give you the latest updates on the best software or hardware can help you immensely. RSS feeds are one of the best ways to keep up to date on virtually anything. Any new reviews or articles about the latest tech advances will go in your email every morning.
Visiting online user groups is another great way to link up with others in your industry and have discussions about business problems. When you network online with similar companies who face the same challenges you do, you have access to those who can recommend tech products helping them.
Once you find the right tech you need, it’s going to quickly lower the threat level of something happening and affecting your business livelihood. With so many tech threats out there, it pays to make sure everything you use has the fullest security available so you don’t face government regulation fines or litigation from customers.
Being a business owner requires you to maintain a Big Picture view of your entire company, from the technology being used to whose responsibility it is to keep it up to date. To help you organize your goals, resources, and information, we’ve created this free small business plan worksheet to get you started on the right foot.