Time flies, as the old adage goes, and nothing shows the passage of time as much as technology. If you have been in business since the 80s, you have seen the rise of personal computer, as well as printing technology and what a rise it has been. Still, even after all these years, there is a need to keep investing, as the technological landscape keeps on changing. However, it is prudent to keep tabs on how to do it while making sure you are getting the best bang for your buck as well.
Keeping up with the Joneses
If you require some serious firepower behind your product or services, your employees could stand to benefit from new computers every few years. The recent AMD products have certainly put Intel to shame and brought about unheard-of performances into the PC market with their new AM4 platform. For years, multi-core processors were very expensive, but ever since Ryzen came out (in its 3rd iteration this year already) it has never been cheaper to own a beefy configuration for all your needs, be it for video editing or number crunching in Excel. With the recent drop in RAM prices, it is really a great time to purchase new PC hardware for your employees.
Improving the infrastructure
Having a strong hardware game is all well and good, but you also need to think about servers and connections. If your company depends on access to data, there is no need to stop short from upgrading your data centers and servers, especially now that the prices of SSDs have gone down significantly in comparison to regular old HDDs. Finally now there are options for incredibly fast storage that will not break the bank. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the internet connection. With rising daily increase in data transfer needs, the offer also grows. After all, Amazon is working on its own network of satellites that are bound to bring internet to practically everyone, should they so desire. For your particular needs, something like fiber internet connection could make all the difference perhaps, with speeds of up to 1000 MB/s.
Smart office for smarter business
With the Internet of Things concept that allows practically everything in your office (or house) to connect to the internet and be controlled easily from a single point, such as your smartphone, it is really easy to notice the benefits of this in a company setting. Lights are just one example – they can be set to work with sensors so that there is no excess waste of energy when no one is present in a particular room, for example. You can automate the air-conditioning system as well, to keep things even more green, while at the same time remotely monitoring and controlling your security and camera systems which you have in place. The IoT concept is still in development, but it has been slowly creeping into our homes and workplaces and you should think about how to utilize it best for your needs.
Greet your visitors in a high-tech way
If your premises are not suitable for having a receptionist or if you have a large number of visitors on daily basis, you might benefit from a visitor management system as well. Not only will you be able to do visitor check-ins quickly, but it could also provide all the information regarding the number of visitors in your offices at any given time, including their personal information, such as their names and purpose of visit, even background checks. Keeping a record of your visitors without having to put in the information into the system manually every time also helps with the security.
Make it worth your while
The first rule of any good business is to be careful about investing the money. If the investments increase the quality of life for your employees and visitors, at the same time increasing the workflow of the former and making it easier to track the former, you are on the right track. Technology can help you save funds, but it can also create an environment that is eco-friendlier and cozier. In the end, new tech is your friend, as long as you regularly keep in touch.