Are Your Digital Technologies Working for or Against You?

19 Mar 2020

A lot of people underestimate the power of digital technologies. They’ve single-handedly transformed the way that we do business in the world, and their power can be scaled to immense proportions, capable of supporting massive teams and dealing with the most complicated tasks we can throw at it.

However, there will come a point where our digital technologies could be working against us. This typically happens when a technology solution, such as a software package, has a feature set that surpasses our understanding. In times like this, we might fail to understand how to use something correctly, thus it becomes more of a detriment to our business than something advantageous. In times like this, it’s vital that you take a good look at the way your business operates so you can figure out if digital technologies are working for or against you.

Are your staff educated in the use of your technologies?

Simply dropping a new type of technology into your business isn’t going to work–your staff need to be trained to use it first. This is where a managed IT service can come in handy to educate your staff on how to use something new, or even teach them about cybersecurity so they can do their part in protecting your business. You can click here to find out more about how managed IT services can help your business. In short, if your staff are completely lost or don’t really understand how to use certain types of technology that your business is using, then it will slow down your company and make it more difficult to operate.

Are you getting too caught up in “industry standard” solutions?

“Industry standard” is a term that many people use to describe tools that are commonly used in the industry. For example, calling Windows an industry-standard operating system would be correct since many computers and servers run it. However, this is a term that can be detrimental to your business. Many business owners get caught up with the idea of using industry-standard solutions. They focus too heavily on using what larger businesses use but fail to understand that those companies require those solutions based on their current needs. Instead of looking at industry-standard solutions, you should be looking for solutions that fit your business’s personal needs.

Are you overwhelming your company with new technologies?

Constantly swapping things out and dropping in new replacements will only make things more difficult in the future. If you want to run a successful company, then you and your staff need to master the tools you have available. Ignore the possibility of a better tool existing and focus on what you currently have. This will save you money in the long run and it will help you and your employees master the way you currently work. Once you’ve identified an inefficiency, you should attempt to tackle it to help your business run more smoothly. However, if you don’t find any inefficiencies and your business is running perfectly fun, it’s pointless to try and reinvent the way you do business.

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