Technology is indeed driving efficiency across the business world. But it’s also true that this happens in a hundred different shades: some companies use technology more efficiently than others, and this has a reverberating impact across all of your departments, boosting or reducing productivity. In this short piece, we’re going to look at what an effective and optimized tech stack looks like in 2020 – using the best software and hardware that money can buy to fund your productivity revolution with tech.
The Right Hardware
You’ll always begin your tech stack revolution with the hardware question. There are two main areas that you ought tothink through when updating your tech stack, and these are:
- Memory – are you storing your files in a physical network, or should you update to save all of your files onto the cloud?
- Productivity – are your computers, laptops and tablets the best brand and fit to help your employees run the programs that they use every day?
By answering these questions, you’ll know whether you need to update your hardware. It’s likely if your creative team are running the likes of Adobe software that you’ll need fast processing speeds to avoid freezes and crashes. You need to invest in the hardware to support high-quality tech like this in your firm.
The Best Software
The revolution in software is ongoing and is likely to continue at an exponential rate for some time. Just as you’ve onboarded with the next best thing in the software world, something else comes along that trumps it – but, again, only for a month or so. When you’re shopping for software, you’re looking for:
- Cloud-based software that you can link, through APIs, to the rest of your firm and the other programs you use. This is called interoperability.
- Software that solves specific problems in your firm – ones that automate laborious or boring tasks are some of the most cost-effective, for instance.
- Software packages that offer a centralized management system, cutting out the noise and enabling you to focus on one central server and memory unit.
All of these priorities should help you to maintain and boost your tech stack this year and long into the future.
Engage with Automation
As hinted at above, the tech world is moving extremely fast – so fast that what you didn’t think was possible last year is likely to have been developed this year. From chatbots to automated order processing, you can relieve your staff of their most boring and laborious jobs with ease through engagement with automation.
Nowhere is this more evident and useful than about your HR software. Finding great HR software tools has never been easier – and now, with the help of specialized companies that build and tender their devices, you can automate much of the HR process, helping your staff to receive their pay on time, their benefits at once, and their onboarding information smoothly and succinctly. Automation is the future of work – and is something you should engage in for the good of your firm. Use the three main domains of business tech outlined above to refocus on updating your tech stack in 2020.