First, there were pens, paper, and ledgers. Then, typewriters came along, making business administration faster and easier. When the first computers arrived, they automated calculations and processes, taking efficiency a step further. Then came a complete game changer: the Internet. With access to affordable communications worldwide, a new business paradigm emerged that removed the limits of time and distance. Now, the cloud takes those connections and makes them accessible in more places, freeing businesses from the constraints of the office. And research shows that businesses making the move to the cloud are outperforming their competitors.
The survey also revealed key benefits realized by technology. Leaders were far more likely to say technology helped them with the following business processes:
Business leaders also said that because of technology their businesses and workers were more eﬃcient, worked better together, were better trained, and were easier to manage. The study found that early adopter companies were grew by reaching new markets, taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability of the cloud, and using technology to make their businesses more efficient.
Based on the survey numbers, about 69 percent of U.S. small and midsized businesses are technology leaders. With such great benefits and potential for growth, it’s surprising so many technology laggards exist. The problem seems to stem from a misconception of the obstacles to achieving a technology leadership role.
Why Businesses Shy Away from Technology
It’s true that adopting new technology can be intimidating. Research shows that data security and privacy are big concerns. Business leaders also suffer from the misconception that technology is necessarily expensive. They worry about infrastructure, talent shortages, and incompatible technology.
But staying out of the tech loop leaves businesses at a disadvantage, especially if they have competitors who understand how outsourcing IT works. Security and cost become non-issues when they are placed in the hands of knowledgeable experts who charge flat-fee services. Here’s how Network Alliance can help overcome these concerns and open the door to greater profitability for your company:
Don’t be a technology laggard. Network Alliance offers small business solutions that help businesses compete against their peers, as well as bigger companies. By accessing our affordable and easy-to-use cloud technologies, small businesses are positioned for faster and greater growth.
Network Alliance can take over all of the frustrating aspects of building and maintaining IT systems. We’ll show you how it pays to use a third-party vendor for web-delivered systems and cover all the bases so you can get back to what you know best—running your business.
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This article originally appeared in CGMA Magazine, http://www.cgma.org/magazine/2017/aug/...