Though it launched in the late 1990s, the popularity in Cloud Computing has grown exponentially due to a little thing called COVID-19. With many employees working remotely, the need to access data and continue work operations from their homes was (and continues to be) critical to the survival of many businesses. In fact, research companies Forrester Research and Gartner both predict that businesses will continue to move their operations to cloud operations. Forrester went as far as to say that in 2021, 20% will do just that. Is this trend in Cloud Computing right for your business? Let’s take a look. Continue Reading
When it comes to computer technology, it’s important for business owners to stay on top of the trends—ahead even. Not only to make sure they’ve updated their software and replaced equipment with the latest releases, but to keep an eye on the bigger technology evolutions ahead to avoid being left behind. As we begin a new decade, here are some upcoming trends to keep an eye on.
In many cases, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can mimic human thinking, performing tasks more efficiently and quickly than humans. Therefore, more and more businesses are turning to AI to help with engaging customers, boosting productivity and promoting conversions. However, multiple challenges remain with this technology, such as data security, facial recognition errors and over-personalization.
While AI may seem cost prohibitive to smaller organizations, AI as a Service (AlaaS) is growing in popularity and will make big data analytics accessible to companies of all sizes.
It’s always hard for businesses to accept technology change, so by just adding an app here or one new program there, work continues with little disruption. However, with this kind of diversity, it opens businesses up to cybersecurity issues and less-streamlined work. That’s where the package comes in. It’s predicted that businesses will turn to a package offer, where all of a company’s technology and programs are integrated together, creating a more simple, easy to use system, all concerns and issues addressed by the package source.
Though this is not a new trend, the pressure continues for business owners to implement more automation into their daily tasks. The use of automation can help save businesses time and money, helping with accounting, marketing, customer service and data management tasks. Many business apps are offering increased automation options that are being driven by the AI trend we just touched on.
Increase Computing Speed (5G)
In addition to daily tasks, the need for speed continues to be on high demand for businesses in terms of computing speed as well. With the arrival of 5G in 2019, this faster, higher performance technology offers the ability to be wire free. With it also comes the evolutions of the Internet of Things, driverless vehicles, and cloud computing all the while lowering maintenance costs and energy consumption. How quickly this evolution will happen is the question mark.
Cyber breaches are a common occurrence in recent years and because of that, many businesses consider it to be a low-priority matter. But with the arrival of 5G and other new technology, it means the risk is higher and protecting your data should be even more important.
While we’re working faster, we’re more likely to slip up. As it stands, 90% of security breaches are inadvertent, unintentional, and caused by human error. We need to shift focus from our cybersecurity applications, and turn it to our people. To address this, Great Lakes Computer has introduced a comprehensive program designed to assess your exposure to risk on the Dark Web, test your staff for phishing vulnerability, and train to become a Human Firewall. Learn more by clicking below.
Technology makes our lives easier… most of the time. But sometimes, getting that technology to work the way it should when it should takes more work than we’d like it to. How often have you been held up because your office printer is giving you error messages or failing to sync with your laptop? Ever lose data in a system crash? These hurdles can put a major dent in your productivity. Here are a few smart solutions to those productivity blockers. Make your technology work for you, not the other way around.
Productivity Blocker: Disorganized and Insecure Files and Documents
If your office still relies on file cabinets full of business-critical documents, you’re probably working slower than you can be. Not only does it take time to look for what you need, but how many of those documents are outdated or irrelevant? File cabinets are also poorly secured generally. Proper security measures, like key locks, tend to be left by the wayside because it’s a hassle for staff to deal with. Physical documents are also at risk of catastrophic loss in the event of a fire or other disaster.
If only there were a way to store files digitally in a single location that is secure and features automated backup. But there is! Cloud computing allows you to find information with keyword searches, password-protect certain documents to restrict access to authorized users, track viewers, and even access sensitive documents securely via mobile devices or laptops. Every document is also backed up automatically. You get redundancy, easy access, up-to-date applications, and enhanced security. Think how much time you’ll save!
Productivity Blocker: Limited IT Support
It is the nature of technology to glitch on occasion. Additionally, proper maintenance and updates are rarely executed as recommended. Staff may overuse or underutilize hardware, and both can lead to shortened life span of your costly IT equipment. If you are able to afford an in-house IT person they likely spend most of their time fire fighting instead of focusing on growth projects. If you don’t have an IT person on staff, you probably have employees interrupting their tasks to try to patch the issues as they arise.
All of these factors combined can be a huge hurdle to daily productivity, but there’s an easy fix. Hire a Managed Services Provider. An MSP is a dedicated support resource that can remotely monitor and manage your IT systems in real-time. They can resolve many issues without you ever experiencing slow downs or issues. They can review your current infrastructure and make strategic recommendations that will help optimize your data flow.
Productivity Blocker: Poor Printer Performance
Most businesses don’t fully recognize the level of waste involved in document printing. The obvious waste comes from printing at high quality when draft would suffice and unnecessary or accidental printing (we’ve all accidentally printed a 30 page document when we only needed a portion of it, right?). The unseen costs to the business come from underutilized printers, failing to conduct regular maintenance, and running too many printers unnecessarily.
Managed Print Providers (MPP) can reduce your total printing costs up to 30% right out of the gate. They conduct an initial assessment of your print function and develop a series of recommendations that will streamline your print operations. They identify waste and implement strategies to reduce it. They keep your printer fleet updated and running optimally.
Great Lakes Computer Corporation can make your business more productive.
We provide a wide range of IT services to help SMBs work more efficiently. We are an MSP, MPP, and cloud solution provider. We also offer security services, backup and recovery, and more. If you’re IT management is interfering with your productivity, call us. We know we can help.