For a business owner, it’s easy to equate growth with success. Just as it’s easy to assume that more technology is the perfect tool towards reaching that success. These aren’t untrue, but they are dangerous assumptions if you believe that it’s a straight, easy road. Just as improving the tech in the workplace can be a great asset, it can also be a danger if you underestimate it.
It can be a vulnerability
Let’s start with a lesson that no business can afford to ignore. More devices, more reliance on digital data, and increased usage of tech across the business is a vulnerability. The more people have access to important data, the more you have to store, and the more devices you use opens up more potential for intrusion. Make sure that your devices are thoroughly protected and that your team learns all the essentials of digital security. From password protocol to being a lot more discerning with personal accounts and websites.
It is going to take resources
When you look to implement new tech into the business, you can’t just think of the one-time cost of them. You need to think about the resources that the tech will require to keep running the business. If you’re buying a new line of devices, you need to think about added software costs and potential maintenance costs down the line. If you want to install a data centre, then you should get in touch with data centre designers to find out more about the amount of power and just how much space they’ll take. Fail to account for the needs of your tech and you will end up unable to keep using it.
It takes time
One resource that tech needs is time. It needs someone working to make sure it’s fully functional, to check on its security, and to implement fixes when they’re needed. If you’re getting a proper IT system installed, then you need to be aware that you are taking on a full workload. Many businesses don’t quite have to make a new hire, however. If your business is just now growing its IT reliance, then outsourcing might be the more cost-effective and sensible option.
It can fail
The worst can always happen, but it’s good to always be prepared for it. For instance, one of the most common forms of work interruption is down to tech failures. Which is why you should have backups prepared for that failure. Whether that’s a backup generator in the event of a power failure, or a backup connection to the internet if your router goes down. You should also prepare a disaster recovery plan in case you have a serious breach and you need to ensure that your business has some continuity.
The smart business knows that implementing more tech comes with more demand as well as more vulnerabilities. Don’t just assume that it’s a one-time job. It needs to become a whole arm of the business that keeps getting worked on.