New technology has a profound effect on the modern workforce, increasing its connectivity and response time. This improves productivity, but it also presents a unique challenge that businesses need to overcome: providing quality solutions that won’t restrict the ability of workers to do their job properly. For some business owners who have an antiquated view of technology, this will require a new approach.
By this, we mean that fast-paced changes to the way your workplace functions aren’t always beneficial. Older technology strategies are outdated and may not have the appropriate compatibility with today’s tech strategies. Here are four tech policies that can help you future-proof your business’s IT infrastructure.
Stop Fighting Against Mobile Devices in the Workplace
Mobile devices are a hit for consumers, but many business owners originally thought that they would be counterproductive in the workplace. Another major point of contention was the possibility of a mobile device compromising network security. These were valid points in the past, but time has yielded mobile solutions that help mobile devices become viable productivity machines both on your company network, or when working remotely. As long as these solutions are integrated properly by trained professionals, mobile devices can be incredible boons for your workplace and its operations.
Plan Your IT Infrastructure to Facilitate Growth
With so many productivity solutions on the market, you need to consider what effects this will have on your network resources and bandwidth. Therefore, you need to take the future into account when setting up your network. How many people will be using it, and for what purpose? For example, a team using video conferencing software, which is a heavily resource-intensive application, would need a particularly powerful network. You want your network to be flexible enough to handle anything you throw at it in the future. Consulting IT professionals like those at Aspire, who are trained to handle and implement new technology solutions, can help your business plan for the future.
Learn to Let Go of Older Solutions
Some business owners find it difficult to let go of faithful old solutions that have seen them through thick and thin. Getting sentimental shouldn’t get in the way of implementing better solutions. Outdated technology, in particular, has a nasty tendency to hold businesses back, especially if their competitors have long-ago adopted better solutions that allow them to get more done in the workday. It’s often best to have an external party analyze your current technology to see if it’s up to speed with the current industry standards. IT professionals like Aspire can spot outdated technology in a pinch, and suggest alternatives that will help you achieve better results.
Simplify Your IT Infrastructure
Updating your enterprise-level technology should have the goal of simplifying your IT infrastructure. Doing so makes it easier to manage your technology, but you also need to consider the ramifications of adding new technologies to your network. Doing so without proper planning can have dangerous consequences. NetworkComputing cites communications technology as an example:
By integrating communication functions like calling, faxing, texting, and hosting virtual meetings, with software suites like Google and Microsoft, everyday communication becomes easier. Consolidate the number of siloed tools it takes for workers to get their jobs done. Give employees the luxury of never having to toggle between multiple screens or search for customer contact information again.
If you fail to plan for the future, the profits you stand to lose from not implementing the proper technology solutions could devastate your budget. To discuss how your business can benefit from the latest technology solutions, give Aspire a call at (469) 7-ASPIRE.