I receive over 200 emails a day. From clients, co-workers, vendors and autobots. And as a result… My Microsoft Outlook undergoes regular reviews to make sure that I’m using it as efficiently as possible. Recently, the filing method I developed in the 90’s had become a little long in the tooth and so I when from dozens of folders down to just 3.
Every business is different yet similar at the same time. Although businesses can be very different in the products and services that they offer. There’s one area where similarities exist in each business. And that is in the tech that runs a business. The following is a list of tools that a modern business should have as part of their tech.
As I meet with small businesses it’s common to find that their Internet download speeds are 50 Mbps or less. Mbps = Megabits. Did you know that you can get Comcast Business Internet with 150 Mbps download speed for just under $200.00 these days? That’s likely three times faster than what you have today.
I was reading the 2018 Small Business Profile report put out by the Small Business Administration the other day. There are some good stats in there. You learn things like… In 2018 there were 30.2 million small business in the US. That 99.9% of businesses in the US fall under the category of small business.
Engaging your community for answers is awesome. Yesterday I was looking for a specific model of printer. I currently have a client that’s looking for a new printer and it just so happens that another client has that printer model. So I called a client with the printer I was looking for and asked them a few questions about it.
Yesterday I visited a local South Florida business. They need some help getting their tech right and so I took a drive down to visit their office. I met with the point of contact who took me to their computer room to see their servers and network setup. Upon opening the door I was greeted by a graveyard of computers.
Years ago I worked for Motorola. It was my first big Enterprise job. Our location had over 500 employees. As typical the offices were laid out in big company form. Around the perimeter were the director offices, executive offices and the conference rooms. In the middle of the office was the ever common seal of cubicles.
The tech in your business is an ecosystem. It’s made up of hardware, software, services, process and people all working together. Sometimes the ecosystem gets ill. Here are 5 signs that you might need to focus on your tech. Got Down Time? If your access to apps, internet and resources is regularly going down or getting interrupted. It’s a sign that something isn’t right. Ask your tech team to find out the root cause and get it fixed.