It’s a good feeling when your business grows. But growth can also lead to unforeseen problems. Effective use of technology is the foundation of many successful business growth strategies. Yet finding and implementing the appropriate technology solutions can often be a challenge.
I’m often called in to advise businesses that aren’t technologically equipped for the growth they have experienced. Perhaps they have increased their staff levels, moved offices or taken on a big project and their systems, which have been jogging along happily until now, simply aren’t able to scale up to the increase in demands. This can result in increased office hours, frustrated users and a huge amount of stress.
The most successful growth strategy for almost any type of business has technology at the heart of it. Whether it’s working out how best to utilise a more mobile workforce, finding a reliable backup strategy or simply working out the most cost-efficient email platform. The problem is that it’s still surprisingly common for there to be a mismatch in expectations and what the technology can deliver.
Numerous headline-grabbing failed IT strategies attest to the eye-watering amount of time, effort and money wasted in the pursuit of this elusive goal: the NHS, government departments and of course, the private sector is riddled with them.
This could be caused by built-in obsolescence (think Windows NT and XP), or badly designed operating systems (think Windows Vista or the unloved Windows 8). Perhaps the infrastructure has been badly planned with not enough networking, for instance. Or perhaps a business has taken advantage of Cloud computing without having a broadband connection capable of uploading the traffic.
So, if you haven’t got a relative or a good friend with a degree in IT, what do you do? The key is making sure you are working with the right experts to make sure the technology you use is both value for money now and future-proofed while leaving your team to do their day jobs. If your business is on a path to growth then building a relationship based on trust and transparency with an external IT company will make all the difference.
And that’s us. We work hard to earn the trust of our clients and we pride ourselves in finding the best solution for your business. And it’s pretty special when we get this sort of affirming feedback from our clients….
“I deal, and have dealt with, a wide variety of vendors and consultants and can honestly say that I’ve never worked with such an honest and genuine bunch as Invicta Linux. Their transparency and desire to do the best job possible has been a breath of fresh air, so thank you.” Charles Wingrove, IT Manager, ,
What do you think is the role of technology within a growing business? Send me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.