As 2019 draws to an end, organizations are looking ahead to the new year. How will advancements in technology affect your small business in 2020? From building trust to enhancing customer experience, how will tech tools enable your organization to stay productive and competitive?
The year 2020 will see a transition to a new decade. Businesses are facing various IT trends such as the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation, new cybersecurity techniques, and 5G networks.
Digital transformation initiatives have been shaping the business landscape for the past two decades. The Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and cloud computing all contribute to the modernization of business processes and the emergence of “people-centric smart spaces.”
Many small- and medium-sized companies are still trying to figure out the right kind of technology to invest in, since they offer their own pros and cons. Whether you're going for cloud services, productivity apps, or online accounting tools, these investments could catapult your business to succeed in ways you’ve never imagined before.
The modern workplace isn’t just employees stuck behind their desks anymore. Increasingly, businesses hire workers who telecommute from cities beyond company headquarters.
In most organizations, cybersecurity is perceived as a concern of the IT department alone. Unfortunately, small businesses rarely have a dedicated security team. Instead, businesses often set and forget simple defenses like antivirus and firewalls. Even some large enterprises are guilty of the same approach.
As your business moves towards automation and becomes more digital, your IT department will have a bigger role to fill. This means you’ll have to plan in advance for network changes, new technology investments, and increased software training. In short, IT strategies that may have worked in the past might not fit your business model anymore.
The bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon continues to rise in the workplace. As discussed in our previous articles, there are a number of benefits and risks that BYOD brings. For it to be successful, you should be able to handle the challenges that come with it and balance employee freedom and data security.
The bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, which includes allowing employees to bring and use their own devices to the workplace, remains both a major opportunity and a challenge for enterprises. As it continues to thrive, you’ll need to develop an effective BYOD policy and follow the right approach to identifying both its benefits and risks.
Mobile technology has drastically changed the way we live. And just as many people have “cut the cord” in their homes and now rely on their smart devices, businesses are now adopting the bring your own device (BYOD) trend. This is because employers see that BYOD boosts productivity by reducing the time employees spend in transit and creating an “always-online” culture.