A lot of people seem to have this idea that simply adding a computer or two or switching to a cloud-based storage service instead of using hardware storage is the best idea. However, they would be wrong. Very wrong.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run a business without the internet? You’d probably have to write a lot of letters by hand and send them through snail mail, meaning that business operations and receiving or sending messages would be very tiresome and expensive.
However, this is how businesses were operated way before the internet was conceived. You see, businesses have always existed. Even back when we didn’t have electricity, people still made a living by buying and selling wares, promoting their brand and using whatever methods they could to get an upper hand.
This article won’t be going into the details of how medieval tradespeople made a living, but it will illustrate a very important point: your business is only what you make of it.
Don’t assume technology can save you
Technology is what horses were to traders back in the old times. It was a way to speed things up, carry more workloads and ultimately improve your business. However, if you didn’t know where to trade, what wares are worth money and how to protect your horse, then it’s pretty much useless. The same thing counts for your business and its technology. If you can’t safeguard your technology from viruses and hackers or if you don’t actually know how to use it in order to grow your business, then how do you expect to prosper? You simply can’t.
Technology can help if you know how to use it
However, if you know how to use technology because you’ve hired IT managed services or if you have a dedicated team of professionals on your workforce, then you can utilise it correctly and make the most of it. It’s important to have some kind of help when it comes to technology because chances are you don’t have the necessary knowledge or expertise to make it work for you. This isn’t a snide jab at you or your staff either, but unless you know the ins and outs of a particular piece of technology or software, then you’re better off leaving it to professionals that can teach you how to use it.
Ignorance isn’t bliss
Far too many business owners try to claim they understand how to use technology. However, this ignorance is usually what causes them to waste a lot of money on useless technology or spend valuable time and money on things that won’t actually improve their business. This is the perfect example of someone that does more harm than good to a company, and it’s vital that you understand what you’re dealing with. If you have someone that tries to do everything themselves, produces inconsistent results and doesn’t know how to handle the technology you use in your business, then you may want to reconsider their status or position.