The new year has already begun, have you made any updates in your small business’ technology? If not, you may be costing your business money. All things considered, technology can help your employees function more efficiently. That, in turn, can make your business more profitable in 2014. SmallBusinessComputing.com recently had a look at some of the more interesting business-technology trends for 2014. It’s worth reviewing these to learn how you can boost your business’s productivity levels this current year.
The cloud matters
SmallBusinessComputing.com is predicting that 2014 is the year that even more small business owners turn to the cloud to store their company’s data, programs and software. That makes financial sense: Why go to the expense of storing these files on hard drives on your company’s computers? With the cloud, your business won’t need as much IT help. And you also won’t have to take the time to store programs on each and every computer.
Using big data
You may think that big data is only for big companies. You’d be wrong, though. SmallBusinessComputing predicts that 2014 could be the year that small business owners finally reap the benefits of big data analytics to better understand their customers and their needs. This is something your small business should consider, too. If you know more about your customers, you can deliver them better service, something that will, in the long term, boost your business’ bottom line.
No more desktops?
Desktop computers are expensive. And, increasingly, they are not required by many employees. As SmallBusinessComputing.com says, many employees today can get most of their work done on smaller laptops or mobile devices. Others can share desktops with their fellow workers. It’s time for your business to consider reducing the number of desktops it uses…and pays for.
Posted on: 03.12.14