If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that technology is moving faster every day. From exploding Galaxy Note 7’s to vanishing audio jacks on iPhone 7, as well as numerous high-profile hackings, solar-powered flight, virtual Pokemon in real life, artificial intelligence fails (and BIG wins), and even nine new planets that could support life.
That said, if your company is still relying on technology infrastructure from a few years ago, it’s time to face a stark reality: old technology isn’t empowering your business. It’s not moving you forward. Yes, it may work “just fine”, but is it working for you?
Technology should be enhancing your business – not just enabling it.
With that in mind, here are 4 Vital IT New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Outsmart hackers. You’ve got the anti-virus installed, but outmaneuvering hackers involves the right training and policies. Make training all your employees on technology and information security a priority. Stretch goal? Create an employee user guide.
For 2017: Mobile devices are projected to be prime targets for infiltrating company networks in 2017. Protect your network from your mobile users.
2. Be proactive, not reactive. Don’t wait for disaster to strike, protect and prepare your company with a robust backup and disaster recovery plan. Keep your company more secure by creating a culture of security. Leading by example and proactively establishing security policies is the best way to prevent malicious attacks on your most valuable resources.
For 2017: Have a policy in place to handle corporate extortion. Every year there are new methods for cyber-based extortion. Knowing how to handle them puts power back in your hands.
3. Get real about the cloud. If you still don’t understand what the cloud is, it’s time for a crash course. Using the cloud in smart ways can propel your profits, but using it in the wrong places can pose serious legal and security risk. With new developments every day, even if you’re already using cloud services, there may be missed opportunities that could help you meet key business objectives, gain deeper insight into operations, and improve security.
For 2017: Find out what cloud solutions best fit your business. Consider cloud-based security, backups, and applications that will boost your year-over-year metrics.
4. Make the right upgrades. Not every shiney new technology is right for your company. However, some upgrades are an absolute must – so keep your eye on new technologies coming out and consult with a Managed IT Services provider you trust to determine the best investments for you.
For 2017: One of the biggest current trends is to roll Microsoft Office over to Microsoft Office 365, the subscription-based Office. Office 365 upgrades independently throughout the year, so you’ll never fall behind and you don’t have to wait or pay for the “new release” to have the latest software.
Now is the perfect time to take inventory of your technology and determine if it meets your needs. For 2017, your priorities should be security, cloud, and identifying technologies that work harder and smarter for your unique business – giving your IT the best competitive edge that 2017 has to offer.
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