Businesses can be complicated. There are literally hundreds of different things to think about and it can take a long time for someone to gain the necessary experience and knowledge that it takes to run one. Because of the trial and error nature of running a business, it helps to identify the pitfalls before they ruin your business. In this article, we’ll be covering one of the areas of business that are most susceptible to failure and neglect; your technology.
Overspending on Useless Junk
Let’s face it, unless you’re well-versed in business technology or have a reliable and experienced colleague, there’s a good chance that you have no idea what is useful and what isn’t in the world of business. Don’t overspend on technology that you don’t need. Instead, take it easy and do your research before you spend valuable company money on useless pieces of tech that don’t help your business.
Failing to Protect Digital Assets
Digital assets are just as important as physical ones. Whether it’s customer data or important emails between your company and investors, make sure you invest in managed IT services such as antivirus software and firewall protection to prevent digital threats from affecting your business.
Having Your Hardware Stolen
Although your office might be safe and secure, it doesn’t mean that your laptops, smartphones and other devices will be. When your employees take your devices out to coffee shops or even home, make sure they’re secured with passwords and locks or else they can easily be stolen and your data will be compromised.
Forgetting to Upgrade Your Computers
Computers don’t last forever. The hardware can grow old over time and eventually turn into unreliable machines. Before your computer’s start spitting out hardware errors or crashing on a regular basis, make sure you invest money to upgrade them in the future before they kick the bucket. You might want to hire a tech professional to help you upgrade and maintain your computers, and slowdowns can usually be fixed by upgrading software or reformatting the hard drive instead of completely replacing the computer.
Not Backing up Your Data
Data is important. Customer data, analytics and so on can be used to great effect in your company, so make sure this data is protected. Both the hard drives they are stored in and the login methods to access this data should be guarded. Make sure the data is backed up to separate servers so that if your computers do crash or your hard drives are corrupted, there’s always a backup to revert to.
Using the Cloud for Everything
Cloud services are great, but relying too heavily on the cloud can be a huge mistake. This is because cloud services can go down in the future if the company isn’t doing so hot. If you put all of your eggs in the same basket, then you’re going to regret not having a contingency plan. Luckily, cloud services will give you ample warning before they shut down, so make sure to backup your data if one of your most-used services goes under.