Your business is growing fast. Your technology needs are changing just as rapidly. But starting over with a totally new system worries you because you can’t have any downtime? It is like needing to change a car tire, but not being able to afford to stop the car. The only option is to invest in new technology.
A solution is to replace components you’ve outgrown – such as software that can be done without any hiccups, if you choose the right company to partner, the impact on your business during implementation can be “seamless”.
1) Identify the problem
If your customer satisfaction, efficiency and employee satisfaction levels are plummeting, it is time to make a change.
But even if your company isn’t experiencing problems or bottlenecks, there may still be opportunities to improve overall efficiency and productivity.
Companies should start by looking at “whatever they do repeatedly for customers.” Then seek out technology that can help the business do that work faster or better. “Inefficiency is expensive”
2) Determine What You Need
Once you’ve zeroed in on processes needing improvement, the next step is finding the technology best-suited for the situation. In most cases, business owners shouldn’t be making such choices themselves, although many still try to “cobble it together,” The best way is to hire an information technology consultant to recommend the best solution and a plan for the future.
A good practice also is sticking with name-brand hardware and software to avoid most major problems.
3) Develop a plan
After choosing your IT vendor or consultant, the next step is creating a plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be tech-wise. A timeline, equipment list and critical steps should be part of that plan, including how employees will be brought into the loop.
4) Install the Equipment
Likewise, “the fewer systems the better,” it is important to invest in a fully integrated solution (software) that will improve your company’s performance. “Don’t implement technology for technology’s sake – do it to make more money,”
Training should also be a part of your roll-out plan, as well as access to consultants for post support.
5) Keep It Maintained
People forget about the maintenance, but keeping software and hardware up-to-date will assure that your technology and your business run smoothly – and continue to grow together.
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