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Tips for Getting Your Tech House in Order
Published on Mar 28, 2013
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Aside from incorporating, recruiting talent, finding an office and all of the other responsibilities that come with the territory of a new company formation – investing in the right technology for your business can be an overwhelming hurdle. These days, it seems that just about every aspect of a business is managed through some sort of technology, so making the right decisions when it comes to your IT infrastructure plays a key role in the success of your company.
First off, let’s talk about cloud computing. For those who follow the tech industry, cloud is definitely not new. But, now that you’re in charge of your own corporation, the question becomes: to invest in the cloud or not?
Cloud services are offered for essentially every part of your business – whether it’s email, expenses, financials, sales tracking, analytics, etc. However, the cloud provides quick and easy implementation, flexibility to increase or decrease storage space according to your needs, access from anywhere, cost-effectiveness and let’s face it – over the last five years most businesses have been choosing cloud for those very reasons.
Security, however, is a major downside to cloud computing. While many vendors will guarantee that a platform is secure, the cloud always comes with more security risks than building your own internal infrastructure – which is more expensive. According to a recent Bloomberg article, small businesses are beginning to realize that as more data is shared online, they too are becoming targets for attacks that larger businesses typically face. That said, whether you go with a cloud infrastructure or build your business’ IT infrastructure internally, security should be a top priority.
Along with the cloud computing craze and the turbulent cybersecurity landscape, the bring your own device (BYOD) movement is another addressable issue spreading throughout the business world. Smartphones and tablets are changing the way we do business, enabling employees to work on the go. In some ways, BYOD enhances productivity immensely. You can check email to address customer needs more quickly, and you have instant access to corporate files if you’re in a meeting. But then again, what happens if your device falls into the wrong hands? Accessing corporate data through these kinds of devices most definitely puts that data at risk, which is why you should establish a BYOD policy for employees.
These are just some of the factors to consider when it comes to purchasing the technology used to manage your business. It’s important to consider your specific business needs then seek out the solutions that offer an appropriate balance between cost, functionality and security. What factors are a top concern to you and your business?