As a small business owner reading the latest business magazine, do you wonder how your competitors achieve so much so effortlessly?
Whether you serve the healthcare, financial, manufacturing, or education sector, the pressures on small business owners are ever-increasing. Luckily, technology is making it easier for small businesses to take a bigger bite out of the market.
According to the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Mobile Technology Fact Sheet, 90% of American adults own a smart phone and 64% own a tablet. Which means your staff is on their mobile devices (and working from them in some capacity or another). Mobile print is the emerging trend in office technology as more of the workforce embraces mobile in their work lives. In other words, we’re realizing that the new iWhatever is useful for more than just playing SugarVille and infrastructure in the office to support that will help keep things moving.
Across industry boundaries, regulation is a common challenge. From healthcare's HIPAA requirements and Dodd-Frank for banks and credit unions to the increased scrutiny of general privacy and security policies on campuses, the regulatory environment can be challenging for businesses of any size. And for good reason – hackers and phishers and ID thieves, oh my!
To maintain compliance and provide security for customers, technology solutions such as secure print can ensure sensitive documents don’t wind up in the wrong hands, the cloud offers increased security and monitoring from external threats and more sophisticated backup services create a platform for enhance disaster recovery and business continuity.
Though your workforce may have expectations about a flexible, even fluid, workplace and schedule (yes, we’re talking about you, Millennials), companies of all sizes can have their cake and eat it, too. Improvements in the cloud allows for secure remote access and file sharing among your staff and means you’re no longer tied to a physical location.
These trends and technologies are not the only solutions with benefits for small businesses. But the point is that technology provides an opportunity to realize productivity gains and streamlined workflow that allows small businesses to compete in the big leagues.
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