Does it seem technology moves at light speed, and your company is falling behind? Don’t worry; it depends on how you look at it. Big data, AI, and mobile technology are changing the way we do business.
The rate of change is not exceeding past centuries. It only seems like it is. How does a business navigate this and choose the best advancements to propel your company forward?
It’s tempting to implement as much cool stuff as workable right away. Giving in to temptation can lead to ineffective technology, increased security risks, and end-user revolts. Instead, look at the problems you want to overcome and pinpoint the new technology to do that.
Check with your end-users to clarify their take on the problem and possible technologies. End-users need to accept the new technology and use it. Otherwise, they’ll work against you, negating any benefit.
Could it be you’re not using your current technology to your advantage? Maybe an upgrade is available but never installed. Are all your systems’ features being utilized?
Are you listening to your favorite vendor’s suggestion without exploring alternatives? Research the other options, and don’t be afraid to discuss them with your vendor. Don’t let your vendor take your business for granted.
When you’re dealing with emerging technology, research and feasibility analysis are essential. Take into consideration long-term maintenance and support. If the company goes out of business two years from now, you may be left high and dry.
Factor in the cost, current and ongoing. Don’t forget to get legal advice before signing long-term contracts. Most important, check and double-check for security problems.
Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.