Your New Year’s resolution was to grow your small business in 2013. How is that resolution faring? If you’re struggling to increase your small business’ revenues so far this year, it might be time for you to turn to your IT department. That’s right: Your IT department provides the technical expertise to make your small business even more efficient. That, in return, can raise your employees’ productivity and improve your business’ bottom line. Here are a few tech projects that Small Business Computing.com recommends for small business owners who want to see their businesses grow in 2013.
A growing number of businesses allow their employees to bring their own electronic devices – everything from laptops to tablets – to their cubicles. The reasoning driving this movement: When people work on laptops and tablets that they know well, they work more efficiently. But allowing your staff to participate in the bring-your-own-device movement doesn’t mean very much if your office isn’t equipped with a reliable Wi-Fi network that allows your workers to access the internet, send e-mail and post to social media sites while at their desks. Make setting up a powerful Wi-Fi network in your office a priority for 2013.
Invest in Ultrabooks
Your employees can do more when they can tote laptops to meetings with clients. Traditional laptops, though, are too cumbersome. And small Netbooks are often too slow and limited. Ultrabooks, though, are a different story. These laptops are both small and light enough to be portable, and powerful enough to enable staff members to display multimedia demonstrations and reports to prospective customers. A great way to see your business grow is to give your employees more options for snagging new customers. Ultrabooks are one of these options.
No more Windows XP
A surprising number of businesses still have computers running the Windows XP . This is unproductive. To begin with, Microsoft will no longer support this 10-year-old operating system as of April 8, 2014. Which means that Microsoft will no longer be sending monthly security updates for the system. In addition, newer versions of the Windows operating system, especially Windows 7, are simply more efficient. Give your employees a better chance of finishing their projects faster — upgrade from Windows XP.