Business leaders who leverage technology to automate and streamline processes understand how to increase profit margins. Whether you’re a small business or an enterprise with thousands of employees, creating better margins through the use of technology is the goal.
With the overwhelming adoption of business in the “Cloud,” the playing field is leveled for businesses large and small. Your ability to leverage technology to become more efficient in your business will separate you from your competition.
The following are several technology habits business owners/leaders should implement immediately:
1. Be Open to New Technology
Don’t let your technology be a hindrance to success. In 2016, the CIO.com study of 403 IT professionals reported 48% of companies were planning for IT budget growth at an increase of 22% over 2015. 
The study found tech leaders feel that the most pressing areas in need of improvement are the following:
- Moving to the Cloud: 61%
- Hardware and Devices: 58%
- Data Security: 56%
2. Think “Scalable Solutions”
One of the best examples of a scalable IT solution is having a solid CRM system and an IT Staff that will maintain the system to keep it running to its fullest capabilities. Today’s CRM is cloud-based to reduce capital expenditures, automate business processes, and gain business intelligence in your market. How much do you know about the latest CRM? View our recent Microsoft Dynamics CRM webcast (recorded): info.nexustek.com/dynamics-crm-webcast-q42016
3. Embrace Strategic Planning
Your Information Technology is the backbone of your business. It’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making your vision a reality. Without a strong plan for your IT needs, the foundation of the road to success is weak.
Think about prioritizing timelines for business goals. Do the front-end work with your IT company to prepare you for what lies ahead with technology upgrades and the latest infrastructure solutions that fit your needs today, a year from now and 3-5 years in the future.
4. Be Proactive with IT Security
The evolution of the hacker has led to organized crime on an almost inconceivable level. The risks of a cyber-attack on your business has exponentially grown in the past 5 years.
Security is no longer about virus protection alone…the current (best practices) strategy is “layers” of security involving email, authentication, passwords, physical and wireless, to name a few. Contact us for an assessment of your environment.
Bottom Line – If you are not investing in keeping your data secure and your IT infrastructure armed with the right tools, you’re risking the future of your business.
Take 2 minutes and test your knowledge of IT Security with this 5-question quiz: www.nexustek.com/it-security-quiz/
5. Re-evaluate Annually
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” — Winston Churchill
Every piece of your business needs to be measured and evaluated to ensure you are informed of any factor that may cause a drain on your operation. The year mark is a perfect opportunity to say, “let’s do more of this and less of this.”
A Quarterly Business Review or QBR, is a great asset to your business. Although only highly qualified IT companies provide this valuable asset, the contents of a QBR can widely vary from one provider to another. The components of a baseline Quarterly Business Review should provide the following:
- Network Documentation
- Monitoring Reports
- Email Defense
- Patch Management
- Security Analysis
Cloud Storage refers to backup and storage of data on remote servers accessed from the internet or “cloud.” This is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider. More related content: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
NexusTek is a managed IT services provider offering small and medium-sized businesses a trusted resource to optimize and manage their IT environments, ensure business continuity, drive productivity using cloud storage and other cloud solutions and implement customized business software solutions.
Denver-based with 20 years of experience implementing business technology for companies across Colorado and the region, NexusTek is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner that employs top talent to offer businesses personalized attention. For more information: http://www.nexustek.com/