How Technology Has Changed the Way We Work
Technology is involved in almost every aspect of our lives. Thanks to the internet and continuous development of Smartphones, we can begin work from the moment we wake up right up until we go to bed. Advances in both IT and communications have changed the way we work, there is more freedom than in the past to work remotely, but this has also changed the expectations we might have from clients and colleagues in terms of delivery and communication. The 9 to 5 is truly out the door, with the rise of the digital nomads, we explore how technology has changed the corporate world.
You only have to look around your office to discover how technology has altered things. Years ago, the average office desk would have been stacked with paperwork. Nowadays, with the use of secure computer files, the cloud and email, information is much more accessible through a wide range of devices.
Coping with Changes in Technology
Technology for business is designed to increase productivity, which enables us to work more efficiently, offer better services and help drive business growth. However, in order to experience the benefits which tablets, Macs, and new software can offer, businesses need to adapt and alter strategies and the way they work. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies allow workers to use numerous devices which best suit the task at hand. This has enabled employees to access databases, personal schedules and emails from anywhere at any time, whether it be on the train or the beach. The cloud also allows employees to access company documents with ease, changing the way we work and the hours which we can work in.
It’s clear the way we work is now much more flexible, reliable and efficient, but what about the security of our IT? The increasing use of the internet has meant that businesses of all sizes can communicate with target audiences through the use of social media, blogs and their website, but security, privacy and copyright issues should be closely monitored.
To cover ourselves when things go wrong, it’s advisable to have good backup and security procedures in place. We rely on our IT systems for almost all information and data, so the cost of us losing such work can be astronomical. As technology continues to develop, so should our security systems. That’s why we develop leading protection procedures, carrying out assessments and incorporating best practice regular monitoring to keep precious data safe. Backup and disaster recovery systems also mean that if things do go wrong, your files will be kept in two secure centres which backup your data every 15 minutes, so even that latest project you’ve just completed is safe. If you are using cloud technologies, then your files will automatically back up as long as you are connected to WiFi.
Knowing Which Technology to Use
Choosing the right technology for your business will depend on the way your business operates and employee working styles. Start by getting to know your employees and understand what would help them to increase productivity. After all, knowing what will make your business work more effectively will depend heavily on those who are using new devices or software.
Having a high-speed internet connection is a must for nearly all organisations, but whether you really need every employee to have a tablet is a different story.
As IT support experts, we can advise on what is the best and most cost effective option for your company. In addition to providing Fully Managed IT Support we provide Technology Consulting, helping our clients ensure they have the right systems in place. We work with you to guide you through technological changes and business growth to ensure your data is kept secure and the technology you’re using makes sense for your business.
For more information on choosing the right IT equipment for your business, give our friendly London IT support team a call today.