You haven’t made a change to your technology in a while and you think it’s about time to start preparing for next year. Thinking about your technology issues can seem overwhelming, but if you sit down and follow some simple guidelines, you’ll be on the right path to enhance your technology, and well on your way to being more efficient.
You probably have an idea of what area of the business you would like to enhance, but have you done your research as to why? Does it make sense to invest in a technology solution for this part of the business as opposed to another? Can you invest in more than one area? Sit down and think about what area of the business could utilize a technology enhancement. Write out how you would like this software to act, what features it would have, and how much you’re willing to spend.
2. Search for an Off-The-Shelf Solution First
Before you go any further in figuring out a custom solution, there may be an off-the-shelf solution that could help your business immediately. Do some internet searches and see if anything pop ups. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, move to step 3; if you have found something similar, move to step 4.
3. Cost/Benefit Analysis
Once you’ve done your research and still haven’t found anything that would seem to meet your needs, conduct a Cost/Benefit analysis for building a custom solution. To assist you in this process and to help determine the costs associated with your desired enhancements, contact a local technology firm. This will allow you to see if the cost outweighs the benefit, or vice versa.
4. Time Investment
All technology enhancements will require a time commitment on your end. You’ll need to plan its implementation, learn how to use it, and establish policies and procedures to help teach others how to effectively use it. Once you get the hang of it, it will be worth the investment.
Implementation depends largely on the collaboration between your team and the technology firm as well as the complexity of the solution. Developing the solution takes time, time that should be accounted for if you want to enhance your technology. Having realistic goals to implementing your solution is a must.
In summary, preparing for next year’s technology enhancements will take time. Researching, finding an off-the-shelf solution (perhaps), figuring out the associated costs/benefits, accounting for the time investment, and finally implementing the solution is hard work. But, if you want to maximize your potential for growth, following these simple steps will get you moving in the right direction.