is always changing and evolving, but most businesses cant afford to keep pace
with the latest trends. There is always something new in the market that
companies can buy to leverage their systems and upgrade them.
It is a dilemma but
don’t haste on buying new technology right away, if you have built a good
foundation of technology you are still on track.
laying a solid foundation for your business technology, with a plan and a
budget for ongoing support, maintenance and replacement. Its just as important to get the technology
basics right as it is to have a strong financial or marketing plan. In this article, I share with you a touch on
the ten technology basics that should be in place in your business to get it
running in soid shape.
& Software The most obvious technology components. To reduce problems, ensure that your hardware
isnt too old and always use legally licensed software.
protection Often neglected, power protection equipment is an essential
investment for protecting your more expensive technology assets from
sharing Whether using a shared storage device on your network, a hosted
solution or your own server, save yourself from the tiring and unproductive
task of emailing documents around your own team.
Ensure they are functioning, checked daily, tested weekly and stored securely
at another location. Its not enough to
think that they are working and that someone is looking after them.
access Balance your monthly fee budget with a connection that is reliable and
gives you enough speed and data allowance to enable your staff to work
name The cost is negligible to show people you are serious about your
business and you are not just operating with a free email service. Build your internet presence on this and tap
into a great source of new customers.
Though network firewalls and anti-malware software security measures are
now considered essential, dont neglect the physical security of your
computers. Is your server easy to grab
during a break-in through your front door?
Commonly avoided in small business as you trust the people you work with, secure,
complex passwords are needed in your defense against hacking attempts and
& Policies Technology needs to be managed like any area of your business,
not just taken for granted and acted on in an emergency. Your plans should include budgeting for
replacing aging hardware, business continuity processes in case of technology
Policies for staff covering acceptable usage and computer security are
also easier implemented before they are needed.
I.T. advisor Develop a relationship with a technology expert who is willing
to learn about your business. Then
youll get the best possible support and solutions that fit your current needs
and future plans.
Talk to your local Computer
Troubleshooter about the next steps for reinforcing your strong technology