There is no company that can grow to become successful and productive without being willing to be proactive when it comes to making the necessary upgrades within the confines of technology. However, unless it is a technologically-based business, sometimes it can be easy to overlook the signs that it’s time to make some vital upgrades with your company’s system.
So, how can you know for sure that you need to make some adjustments? Here are five definite clues:
Out of date software. If you have noticed that your computers are running slower than usually, that you have experienced some recently viruses or that your system is constantly getting attacked, this is a sign that you probably need to get some of your software upgraded. It also could be an indication that you need to get some new equipment altogether and so if you don’t have an IT person on site, it’s a good idea to contact one to come and look over your computers.
You need to upgrade your website. As with a lot of things, websites also follow certain trends. If your site as “welcome” any on the home page, if there are more than 7-8 menu options, you have an out-of-date calendar widget, if your background page is your logo (repeated over and over again), if there is no blog or video content posted or you have a big PayPal icon anywhere on the site, then it’s time to contact a professional web designer to give your site a bit of a boost.
Customers are challenging the way you do things. The fact that over 50 percent of businesses close their doors within five years is a pretty good indicator of the fact that basically every company has a lot of competition. However, when it gets to the point that your own customers are asking why you send paper faxes rather than user a website like http://www.onlinefaxservice.com , why there isn’t an easier way to contact you via your website or why you don’t have your own Pinterest page, that’s a clue that you need to do more research into keeping up with the times so that your competition doesn’t woo your customers away.
You haven’t had an energy audit. A lot of companies are becoming more eco-friendly. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can also save you a lot of money on your utilities. If you’ve never had an energy audit conducted at your office then you may have desktops instead of laptops, using standard light bulbs instead of fluorescent ones or you may not have a strip for your outlets; indeed, there are all kinds of things that you could be doing to waste more electricity than you need to be if you don’t have a professional explaining to you what you could be doing more effectively.
Your company is not mobile. These days, people can use their cell phones to make credit card transactions while sitting in a restaurant, so clients and staff should definitely be able to get your emails to their smartphones and wireless on their networks. If that is not the case, then you are someone who needs to make some quick upgrades, including making an exchange to iOS and to Android. The more mobile you are the more conveniently accessible you’ll be for employees and customers alike; the more likely they will want to continue working for and doing business with you.