Odds are that your business is well behind the power curve if it isn't constantly researching and working to keep up with the latest advances of technology. Certain businesses can afford to fall a bit behind the technology power curve. Odds are that you aren't skipping your regularly scheduled haircut at your local barber shop because they do their accounting with a ledger pad or that you'll refuse to eat at your town's mom-and-pop diner because they use a cash register from the 1970s. If you're trying to compete on a regional or global level, your customers might not be so forgiving of your business's inability to offer cutting edge services that are made possible only through the intelligent application of modern technologies. If you're not sure whether your business is technologically up-to-date, here are some questions you need to ask yourself.
Whose Job Is It?
Whose job is it to ensure that your company stays up-to-date with technological breakthroughs? If technology is a critical part of your business's operations and you're trusting an intern who has an interest in business technology, odds are that your business is well behind the times and needs to devote some serious resources to entering the 21st century. Consider appointing a Chief Technology Officer to keep the company up to speed and well ahead of the competition.
Does your company's leadership insist that new technology is a waste, does not produce sufficient returns to justify conversion expenses, or are they just in outright denial about the challenges the business is facing? If so, your business has likely fallen behind the times. An attitude that supports the belief that all technology is instantly out of date the moment it's purchased missed the broader point - technology does not need to be cutting edge to be relevant or to add value to your business. It only needs to be suitably tailored to your business's needs. If no one cares about how technology can enhance your company's process efficiency, the odds are great that you've got some catching up to do.
What Size Solution Do You Need?
Keeping up-to-date with technology is an ongoing process that won't be accomplished overnight. If your business's leadership is demanding a one-and-done technology overhaul, they are likely in for a let-down.
Is Your Technology Secure?
Coming up with better technology solutions also requires looking at your security. Likely, if you haven't thought of security much before, you should consider a data center move to a more secure, outsourced facility. Also have an IT specialist look at your proprietary apps and software to look for security loopholes there.
Maintaining appropriate levels of technology adaptation requires a constant reevaluation of the way your business serves clients. Understanding the size of your business's challenges and the nature of the technological solution is critical if you are going to stay competitive. Contact a company, like Migra Systems, for more help.