Just because you can get the newest, state of the art technology for your business, doesn’t mean you should. Keeping your business’s technology up to date is important to stay competitive, efficient, productive and profitable. But, there are a range of factors that contribute to the successful implementation of new technology. To help you come up with the best strategy for technology implementation in your business, here are a few things to consider.
When thinking about the technological changes you will make to your business, consider if you can afford it. This isn’t as straightforward as having enough money in the bank. Will the benefits outweigh the costs? Consider whether you will make back the money you spend on upgrading through savings on staff, efficiency, increased productivity, or other benefits that the new technologies may bring. If not, you should rethink the type of technology you want to use or when the best time is to upgrade.
Also, consider long-term costs from staff training. Not all staff will be adept at using new technology and some may find it difficult to learn. Be prepared to spend time and money on training all your staff. IT support is another area that will cost you. You’ll need them to design, fit, monitor, and repair your new technology. But, this money will be money well spent as IT services can save your company from the effects of cybercrime that is all too prevalent today.
Despite most business IT software, hardware, and networks being designed for simple use, your staff might not agree. If staff are struggling to use a new system, it can reduce productivity and morale in your business. This is the opposite of what new technology is supposed to do. A handy phrase to remember is ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’. If staff are working well without it, and your business is efficient and profitable, introducing new technology may not be the best choice just yet. If you do want to introduce new technology, work with experienced IT services and research the technology. This will allow you to see how other businesses have reacted to it. This should give you some insight into whether your new technology will be worth the money.
How long will the new technology be new for? If you have a Galaxy S8 in great working condition, why spend money on the S9 when you know the S10 will be available in less than a year? You may as well use the time to save your money and buy the S10 or a later version when your current model becomes less productive. This is the same for business technology. Technology is always improving, so choosing the right time to upgrade is essential to spend your money in the most effective way.
These are just a few things to consider when choosing to introduce new technologies to your business. Tandem Systems has the experience and knowledge to install the most effective technologies for your business. We work closely with you to come up with a strategy and ensure your business’s technology is appropriate for your unique needs. To start the process, get in touch with us today on 01204 860050.