For decades, you were probably like just about every other business on the planet in terms of IT and your organization’s technology: reactive. You would invest heavily in a particular set of hardware or software, use it until it wasn’t quite getting you the results you needed and then repeat the process all over again. Times have changed and technology advances far too quickly to stay stuck in this old school mentality any longer.
Being reactive in terms of technology doesn’t just put you at a competitive disadvantage – it could also be making your entire organization vulnerable in more ways than one. If you really want to be proactive with your organization’s technology, you’ll want to keep a few key things in mind.
Proactive Means Protection of Your Organization’s Technology
By far, the number one way to remain proactive about your organization’s technology involves doing what you can to protect it from digital threats. Conduct regular scans of your network and infrastructure, not only looking for opportunities for improvement, but also in terms of identifying small problems before they have a chance to become much larger (and more expensive) ones down the road.
Implement two factor authentication (2FA) as a way to ward off the latest digital threats like phishing attempts. Remember that hackers and other people who want to do you harm think fast – so you need to think faster.
Plan for the Future
If being proactive in general means always keeping one eye fixed towards the future, it stands to reason that another great way to be proactive about your organization’s technology involves planning for what tomorrow is going to look like. Use workspaces to unlock productivity and collaborative benefits that have only recently become available. Plan your budget accordingly, taking great care to make sure that your IT is always aligned with your long-term business objectives.
If you find this too hard to do on your own, don’t be afraid to find a partner like a managed services provider who will take over much of the burden on your behalf.
Move to the Cloud
Finally, one of the best ways to become more proactive about your organization’s technology involves moving anything and everything that you can over to the cloud. Not only will it make protection and planning for the future easier, but it’ll also make your life better. Your employees will become more efficient and have a uniform experience, wherever they are. The quality of the work that they’re able to do will increase as well.
You’ll get benefits that extend far, far deeper than the ones listed here – but none of it will be possible if you get stuck in the same reactionary approach that has been true to IT investments for years.
- Being proactive about your organization’s technology puts you in a better position to protect it. This can include doing regular scans, implementing two factor authentication and more.
- Being proactive puts you in a better position to plan for the future through the use of workspaces, budgeting and more.
- Moving everything into the cloud is a big first step towards becoming and staying proactive moving forward.