IT now affects every part of working life and to ignore it or under-use it represents at best a seriously missed opportunity or at worst commercial failure. There are opportunities with IT to change and improve every aspect of your business.
But IT Systems are expensive, aren't they?
Yes, they can be if you allow IT vendors and software salespeople to dictate your IT strategy or if you attack IT improvements with an open cheque book. But this is certainly NOT the way I would recommend approaching it. You need to approach your IT strategy as you would any business venture. You look at the have to look at the risks and benefits, and the cost-benefit return amongst others.
I can help you utilise IT to deliver real efficiency (and money) savings
Through an IT Audit of your business I can help you to:
- identify risks to your business from inefficient or poorly implemented IT usage (IT technology changes at such a pace that what was once a new 'wonder' technology is now old hat and potentially leaving your business vulnerable)
- identify new technologies available that will help your business
You don't have to be cutting edge (or as it's also know, bleeding edge) with your IT systems. Keeping it simple quite often works best.
We've always worked this way and I don't need IT in my business
Some technologies can repay their investment several times over quite rapidly - networked computers for better work and file sharing, and digital dictation systems are but two examples.
Other technologies can save your business in the event of disaster - business continuity planning, backups and antivirus.
Other solutions help streamline the way your business works and provide consistency in the service you offer to your clients and customers. Standardised procedures for working, such as how to save files, seem simple but makes a massive difference with the efficiency gained through improved staff working. Standardised templates with menus built into Word offer another relatively simple way of improving efficiency together with improving client service.
Old computers and technology could actually be costing you money, with unreliability costing money in repairs and downtime, not to mention time wasted and lost by staff 'waiting' for computers to catch up, systems being down, the Internet being slow, filling out forms manually rather than electronically, or re-inventing the wheel with each document instead of utilising precedents and standard letters.
I want all of this now, so what do I do now?
Call me on 07902 875114 and let me talk you through how IT, or better usage of your existing IT, can help to improve your businesses efficiency, and help to present a more consistent image to your clients.