To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade?
By AdFeatures | Thursday, February 07, 2013, 08:56
With the ever progressing march of technology, few of us pine for the old days of having every single business transaction and consideration was recorded and presented on paper. Instant communications such as emails and conference calling have made business simpler, quicker, more mobile and generally easier to manage.
Whilst many business owners insist on the constant revolution of rolling out every single new piece of technology the moment it becomes available, most of us are content to make some changes every few years simply to make our lives easier. But how do you decide when to make the next leap? Will updating things now render the changes obsolete in a couple of year’s time? Is there something much bigger and more important around the corner worth waiting for?
Technology presents this issue not just to businesses but to everyone; whether it is about upgrading your home computer, purchasing a 3D television, choosing a new car or selecting one of the bafflingly overwhelming new smart-phones and the dense jargon of various tariffs. The latter being a great example of how easily technology can become almost intimidating when not understood; and there perhaps lies the important rule.
Not too long ago business accounts were all done on paper and little solar powered calculators. Of course, we all managed fine but as computers became more affordable they became more widespread within the world of business. Anyone who uses a modern finance software package such will tell you the clear benefits of technological advances and the immeasurable time it saves. These are on hand from management solution companies such as Advantage Business Systems.
Entire IT systems might well hold every single detail of your business. Client databases, employees details, payroll, details of stock held, the accounts, company policies, risk assessments and anything else might all be contained in one place. Employees will often rely on their computers and certain software simply to do their jobs so well managed IT services and IT support might be crucial to the wellbeing of your business.
Don’t get left behind
It easy to feel left behind by the constant improvements being made everywhere but unless these improvements will tangibly improve your business they are a waste of time and money. Nobody wants to feel left behind but having to correct an ill-advised roll-out of some sort could disrupt your business hugely.
Of course not being receptive to or at least open minded about new technology will leave you scrambling around in the dark ages. Every market place is highly competitive and wherever you can make reasonable changes to increase productivity you should but always ask yourself:
- What it does
- How it will impact the business
- The cost of putting it off
Once you have ascertained these key details you’ll be able to evaluate whether or not it is the right time for you to make the leap and embrace the latest weapon in the ever-growing arsenal of technology.