Over the last decade, business success has increasingly depended on what sort of technology each company has access to. Consider, in 2014, more than $262.3 billion will be spent online by American consumers, according to Forbes. The only way to reach that potential revenue stream? By having a high-quality website to engage your potential customers.
Unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as your small business IT services needs go. If you want to survive in 2014 and far beyond, you need to take steps to implement new computer technologies that can take your business from zero to hero.
Three New Computer Technologies Your Business Needs to Thrive
- Dedicated Website Hosting Services
- VOIP Small Business Phone Systems
- Secure Data Hosting
As About.com’s Web Hosting writes, using a dedicated server solution to host your website is one of the best technology choices you can make for your business. Why? By using a dedicated server, you have no limitations, beyond your own budget, on what you can do with the server. You can install the software you want, use the space and processing speed you need, and do all of it while enjoying an uptime of 99.9%. The last bit is especially important for offering a website to the increasing number of eCommerce consumers out there.
Using an internet-based phone service can bring your business added communications capacity and huge savings. According to Tech Target, a single VOIP line can handle up to 64 simultaneous calls, many times the number a land-line can handle. Further, About.com points out that many VOIP providers offer high-quality service for as little as $20 per month.
Outsourcing your data storage needs, particularly if you’re outsourcing to a cloud computing company, can revolutionize your business’ security. Consider, according to Symantec, cybercrime costs American citizens and businesses $110 billion every year. After switching to a secure, cloud-based server solution, according to Microsoft, 94% of businesses say they are more secure.
Incorporating new computer technologies into your business isn’t about being cool, and it certainly isn’t about staying ahead of the times. It’s about doing what’s best for your business. If your company is relying on outdated technology for its success, it’s only a matter of time before it catches up with you.