Since the dawn of time, humanity has relied on tools and technology in order to compensate for most of their shortcomings. When they weren’t strong enough, they came up with weapons, when they weren’t fast enough they invented vehicles and tamed animals. Not much has changed in these past several millennia.
Business Technology for Workplace Efficiency
One thing that everyone keeps repeating about the business world is that it all comes down to social Darwinism – survival of the fittest. Those who can adapt to the latest trends and exploit them to their benefit get to thrive and prosper while the others get left behind. This same principle can easily be applied to the present-day corporate world. With the right devices and software, an SMB or a startup can find a way to outperform their several times larger competitors. Here are several examples of how business technology can shape workplace efficiency in your favor.
Migrating to cloud
The first major leap forward that we are going to deal with has to do with the issue of cloud-based software and storage. The first major advantage that this advancement has to offer is the time-efficiency when it comes to not having to look for a disc or a flash drive you stored something on. The second perk of cloud computing is that it allows you to get access to your files from any terminal on the planet.
Sure, most IT security experts will advise against accessing your corporate cloud network through an insecure device and from an unsafe network, but it is always great to know that you have this option. Needless to say, this helped turn the idea of telecommuting into the driving force of the industry it is today.
Big data analytics
According to one witty remark, big data is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Still, for those who do find their way around, this can easily make their business strategy into something better coordinated and more data-driven.
When present in large enough volume and with the adequate analytic tool on your side, big data analytics can help you uncover market patterns and trends that might just be vital for the growth of your business. In other words, you can now use a simple analytics platform to do the work of an entire department.
Quality tech equipment
Just as how uncomfortable, non-ergonomic office furniture can kill in-office productivity, using cheap, low-quality equipment can actually cost you a lot more than just a heftier portion of your budget. A fast, durable computer is no longer a matter of luxury, but of objective necessity. It immensely lowers the time needed for a task to be completed and thus increases the overall productivity of your employees. Try saving on essential office equipment such as a PC, and neither you nor your team will be able to perform to the maximum of your ability.
For example, low-quality laptops will run slowly and inefficiently, halting most of the work down in the process. This is why getting the latest MSI notebook, such as MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-469 is almost a no-brainer. This 15-inch screen laptop has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 32 GB of RAM and plenty of ports to fill that 1.5 TB HDD. Overall, it’s highly durable, has excellent keyboard, and it’s extremely light and compact; just perfect for the office.
Another massive boost that one can gain through present-day technology is more options for outsourcing. Look at things this way, doing everything in-house is not just expensive but also inefficient in the short-term. Imagine for a second that you want to start an IT department in your company.
First, you would have to train or hire a skilled enough team, both of which are incredibly difficult and costly moves. Next, you want to provide them with all the right tools for the job (both hardware and software). Finally, you need to provide them with enough incentive for them not to leave for the better offer from your competitors.
Therefore, outsourcing might be a much better temporary solution. By going with managed IT services instead, you can easily get a much better deal for your effort and resources. Of course, this isn’t an IT-exclusive idea, seeing as how the same goes for your HR department or even your customer service.
Process automation and scheduling
At the very end, there are so many menial tasks out there that could easily be automated and in this way, save both time and money of everyone involved. Even though it may be true that, at the current state of development, machines simply cannot replace human workers, there are so many ways to automate your business. Why not allow your employees to focus better on their core-tasks by taking away some of the chores they hate?
At the end of the day, you need to keep in mind that progress of this kind isn’t at all optional. Sure, you may resist the urge for a month or two but once your competitors start implementing these high-tech trends, you might find yourself seriously lagging behind. Therefore, your only option is to, once again, try to stay ahead of the curve by innovating your business as soon as possible.
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