Running a business is a time consuming and sometimes difficult task, even at the best of times. But where you can relieve some of the more manual processes within your business is through technology.
Businesses rely on technology in every way, even those businesses that believe themselves to be less tech-heavy. Whether you are a small business sending and receiving emails or a large global business holding video-conferences and webinars, you need to stay connected. The list is endless but one thing is for sure, your technology has to be updated.
If the thought of updating your technology is something that fills you with dread – fear not. There are some simple technology updates that can be done quickly and efficiently to drastically streamline your business processes to save you time and money.
What Operating System do you use?
Whether you are self-employed or a medium sized business, you need to have the right operating system as this is one of the most crucial areas of your business. You may be running Windows XP or even Windows Vista and it may be running perfectly well but you are at risk. Support for XP has ceased and support for Windows Vista is ending this April. The best thing to do is to update your operating system before it is too late because failure to do so can put your files, records and all other data that you store at risk.
Update your computer software regularly
Updating your computer software regularly helps your system to run smoother, behave in a stable way and keep your data safe. Regular weekly or monthly updates will give your system the best chance of running at its peak and best of all, it only takes a couple of clicks or you can let your system install them automatically.
Accountancy software, photo-editing software, purchasing software or invoicing software, regardless of what you use, you need to make sure it is up-to-date. Would you want your software to fail during an important process such as placing an order or making a payment? What about your anti-virus software or firewall software that protects your data, customer data and financial records? Every piece of software you run is critical to the operation of your business so make sure that it is updated at every opportunity.
P.S. Did you know that with a remote desktop, you only need to pay for one licence for this software?
Still using a Blackberry?
When we say hardware, we mean all the devices that your software programs are running on. This is about making sure that your PC, tablet or your smartphone are all ready to keep your business moving. An old PC could crash and fail at any time and you could lose your information while your tablet may be an older model that is no longer compatible with an important app that you use. Monitor your hardware and identify any problems in advance to avoid downtime for your business.