If there’s one key lesson that businesses have learned following the events of the past few years, it’s that being prepared for the future is more important than anything. With all the chaos in the economy, the growing cyber threat, the geopolitical twists and turns on a global stage and the uncertainty these have created, having a plan to insulate your business, both now and in the future, is essential.
Future-proofing your business isn’t just about being able to survive everything that’s thrown your way – whether that’s the impact of pandemics, market turbulence, downturns or any other unexpected shock or crises. It’s more about ensuring your business has the right resources and capabilities to exploit the good times, ride out the lean ones, scale efficiently and not get left behind.
Technology plays a big role in making that happen. It’s always been a key enabler of business success, and it’s never been more evident how reliant we are on technology as it is today. With the right technology in place, you can streamline your operations, improve efficiency, productivity and collaboration, enhance your customer experience, scale sustainably and achieve your growth objectives.
Here, we take a closer look at how you can future-proof your business with efficient IT.
The role of IT in modern business
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the chaos it caused on a global scale, left many businesses facing a stark choice – evolve or die. The organisations that fared best were those able to adapt to a new way of working quickly. Many had to quickly shift their operations into virtual environments and do business remotely instead of face to face. Much of this change wouldn’t have been possible without the cloud.
While businesses and public sector organisations big and small had already started moving towards cloud technologies well in advance of the pandemic, the resulting lockdowns became a key driver of its rapid adoption to achieve digital transformation. Suddenly, businesses were forced to accept the reality that their data and business processes could be housed securely online and accessed remotely.
Email can be hosted in the cloud, along with telephony, CRM systems, data processing and finance systems, with fast connectivity and broadband making it possible for teams to work from anywhere. Suddenly, many organisations that weren’t using cloud technology to its full effect had their eyes opened to its potential.
Future-proofing is all about identifying and investing in the right technologies and ensuring everything works together in the most optimal – and secure – way that it can, to serve your business in the best way and support your objectives.
And because everything is digital, all your information can be analysed. Multiple data points can be measured – from how long it takes to process and order, what your inventory looks like, how efficient your operations are and what’s happening with your customer service – to ensure you’re working as effectively and productively as possible.
The main aim is to invest in and maintain up-to-date, reliable, secure, automated and easy to use systems that provide the best technology, capacity and capability. This results in a massive technology gain for your business and provides the building blocks for growth and success.
The benefits of efficient IT
The business world is constantly changing, and with that change comes new opportunities. Investing in the latest technologies to make your business more efficient offers many benefits, including:
Technology is changing the way we work. In most modern organisations, employees are no longer chained to their desks. Thanks to the cloud, employees can now work from anywhere they have an internet connection.
This means they can take their work on the road with them or work from home if they need to. This flexibility is a huge benefit for employees, who now have more control over their work-life balance.
The cloud also enables remote collaboration. Employees can share documents and collaborate on projects in real-time, regardless of their location. This makes it easier for teams to work together and get tasks done quickly and efficiently. It also eliminates the need to store files on individual devices or local servers, and the need to install software on each device.
More secure systems
The cloud is making it easier for businesses to achieve better cyber security. It makes it more difficult for criminals to access company data since it’s spread over multiple servers. Cloud technologies and applications are becoming more advanced and sophisticated to help protect systems against the latest viruses, malware and hacking techniques.
Additionally, many software providers have robust security measures that keep data safe from cyber attackers. The cloud also enables businesses to recover from cyber attacks quickly. The business can simply restore the data from the most recent backup if there’s a breach. This would be much harder to do if the business was physically storing its data onsite.
Advanced data storage
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the ability to store data remotely. With traditional storage methods, businesses had to purchase or lease storage space onsite. This could be expensive and take up valuable real estate. Cloud storage allows businesses to store their data in a secure location without having to worry about physical space constraints. It enables businesses to access their data from any device with an internet connection. This flexibility allows employees to work from anywhere at any time, which can improve productivity.
A cloud office is an excellent way for businesses to save money on software licenses and provides an affordable and reliable way to store their data. Cloud computing is highly scalable, meaning businesses can increase or decrease their usage as their needs change. This makes it a perfect solution for businesses expecting rapid growth or those that experience seasonal fluctuations in staffing. And because the cloud is hosted remotely, companies don’t need to worry about investing in additional hardware or software when their needs change.
When it comes to business, there’s always a drive to save on costs. Adopting cloud-based solutions can help companies to streamline operations, increase efficiency and save money. Rather than having servers and software installed in-house, businesses can use cloud-based applications and storage solutions. Cloud office applications provide all the functionality of traditional device-based software but are hosted in the cloud. There is no need for expensive hardware or software licenses – they are all included in the monthly subscription price.
How can Quintech help?
As the technology landscape continues to evolve, businesses must stay ahead of the latest trends to ensure their IT services meet their current and future needs most efficiently.
The key challenge is identifying and investing in the right technologies to facilitate more agile ways of working, getting the most out of these new platforms and using them to their full capabilities. However, many businesses don’t have the in-house resources or expertise to achieve the best results.
Tat’s why working with a technology partner like Quintech can pay dividends. Our role is to ensure your IT serves your business in the best way, to help you reach your full potential. To find out more about how we can help future-proof your business with efficient IT, please get in touch.