We have all heard the old adage: “New Year, New You.” This year, consider committing to the idea of getting the most out of your company’s technology infrastructure.
Making a company-wide commitment to focus on IT can change the way you work, and can affect every level of your organization.
To help get you started, here are a few ideas for improving your company’s IT strategy in 2015:
1. Safety First
You don’t have to be a major corporation to be targeted by hackers. In fact, cyber attackers will often target small businesses because they are typically lax on cyber security.
Don’t make this fatal mistake in 2015. Make sure your IT systems are protected by formidable antivirus, anti-malware, and firewall programs. Keeping these programs up-to-date is vital to the security of your company.
Having the right tools isn’t nearly as powerful as having the right mindset. Cultivate a security-conscious attitude in your workplace, and educate your employees about password security and data protection. This awareness can help your company prevent simple and careless mistakes.
2. Invest in Your Employees
Employee training shouldn’t stop at security. Providing the opportunity — both time-wise and financially — for staff members to beef up their high-tech know-how is a win-win for your company.
Your employees will likely appreciate the effort, and the IT training will teach them how to use your software to its fullest. Ultimately, this mastery will increase the odds that you experience better productivity and customer relations in 2015.
3. Embrace the Cloud
If your company isn’t yet using the cloud, start now. For many companies, cloud computing leads to improved efficiency and significantly lowered costs.
Many cloud-based services also provide data backup and disaster recovery options. Planning for a catastrophe may not seem like much, but it’s critically important. You’ll never truly appreciate a good backup plan until something terrible happens. But when it does, you’ll be glad you have a plan in place.
4. Capitalize on Mobile
Mobile device usage has grown dramatically over the past few years, with many people using them for work purposes.
By using mobile devices in the office, you improve employee satisfaction and productivity. These devices can make your company more flexible when it comes to working on the road or from home. Mobile devices are not without their risks, though, so be sure to include them in your security considerations.
5. Get Connected
Connecting to your customers should be at the top of your list this year, and the Internet is a versatile tool in this regard. Develop a strategy for creating and sharing content on all social media platforms. Connect with people through blogging and opt-in email newsletters. These efforts will work wonders when it comes to building better ties with current and prospective customers.
The Bottom Line
We live and work in a world where technology is often taken for granted. Many people are so used to these marvels that they fail to see how much more they could get out of them.
This year, use the technology that you have to its fullest. Consider adding new tools that can take your company to the next level. Together, these endeavors will allow you to discover the full potential of your IT strategy.