Small businesses are increasingly trapped in a fast-paced business community today, we forget to look into business expansion through technology. The technology revolution changes the way we do business and live more than the industrial revolution for those who are in that era. Accounting software such as QuickBooks has made accounting much simpler and efficient. Voice Over IP Communications can save a lot of money for local and long distance calls and reduce the cost of your phone. Customer contact management software can greatly improve your customer experience by reducing your mistakes, simplifying the process for you and customers, increasing collaboration between employees, and keeping customers satisfied for repetitive businesses. Microsoft provides cheap cheap solutions, and for more unique and complex solutions see Oracle.
The network becomes very large for any business to stay competitive. If you suffer a problem like slow load time on web pages and software, this is your cost of time and time is money. You need to update it to a broadband or T1 connection, to have faster loading time and can enter wireless, VOIP, and video conferencing solutions. If you haven’t seen a wireless solution, you need it. They are very cheap and give you mobility that cannot be quantified to be ROI, but it will greatly reduce your time spent traveling back and forth to the office if you set a wireless solution that is effective with VPN. Wireless and cable networks allow all computers on the network to share one printer, share files between each other, and communicate more effectively.
The next server is to register. The server is a centralized storage unit for all machines on your network. It can be used to store all files in one collective place, allowing easy access from any user, or hosting email applications such as Microsoft Exchange. This allows your company to communicate with each other and others through Microsoft Outlook Client. Outlook is a very basic and simple form of customer contact management software, as well as a good email application.
There are thousands of technology solutions available to greatly increase any small business and help provide sustainable growth. If you are not a technical teacher, I would recommend contacting IT consultants or talking to your IT department about solutions that can directly benefit you. Every business is different, and I am not a believer in one size suitable for all. You need a specialized solution that is adjusted to be effective, and increases your profitability.