Having access to the best and most powerful means of technology can allow businesses to gain a competitive edge over their rivals. This means they can offer better products, a higher standard of customer service, and ultimately drive a much healthier bottom line profit figure.
What are the technology products that will be of best use to businesses over the coming 12 months and how will the deliver the greatest range of benefits and positive influences?
Whether it is for data storage, website hosting, or completing business transactions, use of the cloud will continue to grow over the coming year.
The benefits associated with this will range from cost reductions against using expensive servers and software to the convenience of allowing employees to access data on their own devices, which will perhaps lead to working from home initiatives, for example. Security concerns will need to be addressed in terms of what happens if a person has their own device stolen, however the continuing evolution of the cloud means that data is better secured and protected than ever before.
While cloud technology will have an impact on businesses of all sizes, mobile applications will arguably be something that is of much bigger benefit to smaller companies, and especially start-ups.
Many modern apps are excellent for doing the jobs that a business would ordinarily have to pay a lot of money for, such as financial accounting and tax calculations. While this again leads to cost savings, perhaps the biggest benefit is that small businesses can operate larger scale operations and be in a better position to grow their company from an early stage.
Going mobile opens up a whole new range of avenues, so that new businesses can offer something different in the marketplace, while established and bigger ones can review their operations and look at using field employees, especially if mobile apps are used in conjunction with cloud storage.
Despite the great strides made in recent years in terms of how businesses are responsible for the environment, there is still much work that can be done to improve sustainability. Things such as motion activated lights and energy monitors will continue to be popular, while wider use of the technology mentioned above will also potentially have an environmental impact, in terms of reduced emissions through employees that can work at home, for example.
Technology will continue to influence business operations in a big way in 2013, with positive outcomes for the companies themselves as well as employees and the environment.
Robert Rayford is an online content writer, taking a specific interest in writing about companies such as Posterita, who offer a cloud-based point of sale services for retail businesses.