WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU RE-EVALUATED THE TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR COMPANY?
Technology evolves at a rapid pace. And while your company doesn’t have to be on the early adopter bandwagon for every new technology, it is a good idea to proactively step back and assess the equipment and services you use to ensure that you are up to speed.
Evaluating the technology and services you already use is certainly a good point to start from. Here are some suggestions on technology to periodically re-evaluate in the workplace:
Connectivity: When was the last time you talked to your team to get feedback on network connectivity? If connectivity is slow or patchy, this could equate to a significant amount of lost productivity. And you may realize that the cost to upgrade to a faster connection could end up saving you money in the long run.
Servers: You may have a server that runs your website or backs up and stores important business files and programs. Is it time to upgrade to cloud-based services to cut costs and increase scalability?
Security: With new and evolving technologies, the overall approach to IT security must be re-evaluated periodically. When strategizing your organization’s IT security plan, two main areas need to be addressed are: risk analysis and end user awareness. As more cloud solutions and mobile devices are being utilized within the workplace, new and improved security solutions such as firewalls, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Identity Access Management (IAM) are attempting to meet the needs of modern day IT security.
Hardware & Software: Is all of your hardware up-to-date? The average age of a computer is about 4.5 years, which means around the four-year mark, it’s probably a good idea to begin initiating a replacement cycle. On the software end, has there been a new software update? Security updates? Has your IT department been diligent in upgrading employee computers? In this day and age, this extends beyond computers and applies to smartphones and tablets, too.
The bottom line
Sometimes we can get complacent and comfortable in the environment in which we work. But taking a step back to re-evaluate things can bring to light certain issues you may not have known existed, and identifying and fixing these issues helps ensure your business runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
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