2018 is your business’ year. We can feel it!
If you’ve been putting off an IT revamp for your business, now’s the time to get serious about the transformative power of tech. Figuring out how to implement new-and-improved technology within your existing business structure can feel overwhelming. Don’t let it. Start chipping away at your business IT goals for 2018 by sticking to these three easy-to-follow resolutions.
1. Pinpoint Your Inefficiencies
Sometimes the toughest thing about deciding on a new IT plan is knowing what you need. Particularly if yours isn’t a tech-forward company, you might feel like you’re already too far behind the eight-ball to even know what good technology does or how it works. Start by taking inventory of your current business systems.
Talk to your team about your goal: to clearly and articulately identify the pain points of your current software and hardware systems. They’ll probably range from frustratingly simple (I hate that I have to print a hard copy out just to scan it!) to bewilderingly vague (Our internal system is measuring all kinds of stuff, but I’m not really sure what to do with the data, or even if it’s capturing the right data.) Meet again after an allotted period of time to find the overlaps and identify priorities.
2. Prioritize Security
If 2017 should have taught businesses anything, it’s that network security can’t wait. Leaving your business’ information vulnerable to breach isn’t just short-sighted, it could actually be the death-knell for your company. Sure, data giants like Equifax can afford the lawyers and remedial settlements to (eventually) overcome the disastrous effects of a data breach, but can your business?
Security is a holistic consideration. It’s something that should be baked into your enterprise software, but also implemented a la carte based on your business’ specific vulnerabilities. It’s also important not to forget hardware security or your need to backup your data in the event of a catastrophic loss.
3. Find the Right IT Partner
Once you have some clear-cut IT goals (or even if you just can’t seem to get there!), it’s time to find the right IT partner to help you reach them. Your ideal IT team will be friendly, they’ll speak in plain English, and they’ll help you see opportunities you didn’t even know you were missing.
An IT overhaul is a significant investment for any business, and that’s not something your IT partner should take lightly. They should respect your budget, your time, aznd your communication style; all these things will become more and more important as your relationship evolves. And make no mistake, once you find the right IT partner, they’re going to be around for a long time – and you want them to be! The relationship is one of the most important your business will ever develop.