Technology is certainly powerful for businesses, there’s no getting around it. From cloud computing to voice-over internet protocol and even 24/7 helpdesk support, businesses now have access to some of the most powerful tools and services ever available.
These can be used to substantially reduce operating costs, as is the case with cloud computing, and make it easier for staff to stay in touch without the need for expensive travel. Technology can also play an important role in business security, not only providing new software and platforms but ensuring they’re secured from cyber attack.
While new technologies and the associated benefits may sound expensive and difficult to implement, it’s actually far easier than you might think.
Time – and cost – savings
More now than at any point in the past, technology can be used to significantly reduce operating costs and give time back to businesses. Cloud services, for example, mean there’s no longer a need to manage infrastructure on site – an often costly endeavour – and mobile devices can free staff from their desks, allowing them to stay in touch without needing to travel.
Right now, businesses are already starting to recognise the benefits of cloud services.
A Microsoft survey of 279 IT professionals from earlier this year found 72 per cent view cloud usage tracking along with cost management as highly important, specifically when it came to managing their operations. A similar KPMG study found that businesses are using the cloud to better enable mobile workforces, and improve alignment with customers.
There’s also mobile, the trend that seems to have proliferated like wildfire in recent years. A survey from Sage of 1,090 respondents found that mobile offers a number of benefits for the workplace, in terms of both productivity and cost savings. Significantly, 51 per cent said they use devices for work when away from the office, and two out of five use them to connect to the cloud.
These are just two areas that can significantly improve operations, and there are a number more. Video conferencing, managed print services and more offer a new way of working for businesses and a new way of reducing costs.
You may want to start thinking about the monetary and time savings associated with technologies, as it appears that emerging countries in the Asia Pacific are already seeing the benefits in new technologies. A study from Microsoft found that Australian companies can grow as fast their Asia Pacific counterparts, but they’ll need to embrace new technologies.
Of course, is there an effective way to do so that doesn’t involve the burden of implementing new services and platforms?
Why managed services?
As the study from Dimensional Research found, most Aussie business surveyed value a single vendor for cloud services, and it’s easy to see why. Without a motley assortment of different technologies and providers, you don’t have to worry about tying them all together. A single provider manages cloud services, storage and archival, as well as devices.
What’s more, managed services providers, like Fuji Xerox Australia, can continue to support businesses for as long as is required. If the company ever needs to grow storage capabilities or perhaps add a slew of new devices, help is only a phone call away.
Reach out to Fuji Xerox Australia today to learn more about the time and cost benefits of new technologies, and why managed IT services could be the best option.