You don’t have to be on the bleeding edge of technology, but upgrading your technology wisely can help you save money and boost productivity. Rather than focus on specific pieces of technology, think in terms of what you want to accomplish:
Do your customers have trouble navigating around your website? Have people left your establishment because your WiFi is too slow? Americans encounter 40,000 cases of technology rage1 a year; focus on improvements that customers notice and make it easier to do business with you, so you aren’t the cause of that rage.
Nowadays, employees may get their work done from anywhere—in the office, at home, or in a coffee shop. Give them the tools they need to be productive on the go, like new batteries for their laptop.
No worker is an island these days. In a recent survey,1 21 percent of small businesses plan to spend the biggest portion of their IT budget on cloud-based file sync and share technologies—tools that make it easier for employees to work together. Free versions of internal communication tools such as Slack encourage collaboration.
A data breech can devastate a small business’s reputation and sales. Some of the safeguards are surprisingly simple, like putting in technology that automatically upgrades and patches systems. A survey by IDC2 found that nearly 40 percent of small businesses planned to upgrade or add new PCs primarily because they offer new security enhancements.
Optimum Online provides services and products that let you upgrade technology and boost productivity while saving money, including Cloud Backup from Optimum, Optimum Smart Router, and Optimum WiFi, which features access to more than 1.5 million hotspots.
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1"How Many Times a Day Do You Shout at Your PC?" October 2016, Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3835000/How-times-day-shout-PC-Researchers-say-average-American-suffers-40-000-bouts-tech-rage-lifetime.html)
2"What Does a Slower PC Upgrade Cycle Mean for Small Businesses?" BizTech, June 20, 2016 (http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2016/06/what-does-slower-pc-upgrade-cycle-mean-small-businesses)
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