Being an innovative technology organization is important. It allows you to reduce (or even eliminate downtime), reduce IT support tickets and gives you some predictability around your IT strategy and replacing your equipment. But what next? What happens when technology stops being a headache for you? Some might think that that’s the extent of technology in your business. That when you don’t have to think about your technology is when you’ve invested enough into your success. But we disagree. Because while technology is all about forgetting it exists, once you’re no longer held back by technology, there’s a point at which you can use it to move forward. Distinguishing yourself from your competition in the market is difficult – but technology can give you the edge that you need. Are you ready to truly innovate your business processes and leverage the power of technology?

Here are 4 signs that you’re ready to take your business technology to the next level:

  1. You rarely, if ever, experience downtime.
    Downtime is never good. It eliminates productivity and takes money out of your pocket. But once you have a good continuity solution in place and the right proactive measures to help you avoid or reduce the impact of downtime, it’s not something you have to even think about. When you stop worrying about downtime and stressing about how much money you lose when your employees aren’t working – you can start thinking, “What if my employees could work even smarter?” This is where innovative technology can really take your business to the next level.
  2. You have a regular budget and refresh strategy for your equipment.
    You should never have to stress about a server failing or when you’re going to have to finally replace that old workstation. With a proactive budget in place, you can replace your equipment on a schedule at a predictable expense. But once that’s done – it’s time to consider how those workstations can work more efficiently with a network map that can help improve security for your organization. It’s not just about having devices that work, it’s about having devices that can help keep your data and network secure.
  3. Security and disaster recovery are covered.
    Encrypted firewalls with updated services, managed antivirus and a backup or continuity strategy. These are just a few of the most proactive measures that a business embracing innovative technology should have completed. But what comes after this? Understanding how to avoid human error all together with comprehensive employee trainings and exploring how Managed Security can help you uncover the threats and gaps that you didn’t even know existed.
  4. Your employees are no longer unhappy with your technology.
    When your employees stop complaining about network slowness, crawling internet speeds and unreliable workstations – it’s an amazing thing. Because when employees can do their jobs efficiently, everyone is happy. But what comes next? Just because your employees aren’t unhappy with your technology doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you could do to improve it. Innovating your BYOD strategy, exploring new applications and uncovering the areas of your business process that could use a little refining are just a few things that innovative, next-level technology can do to improve their level of satisfaction with your business even more.

Technology that works isn’t enough. When you’re ready to take your business technology to the next level, you need to understand every area of your business processes, identify areas with room for improvement and pick everything apart. From first sales call to customer delivery, you should have someone to help you better understand what can improve, where steps can be eliminated with technology and where the opportunities exist for process improvement. Because that’s what next-level technology is all about. Once you stop worrying about technology, you can use it to your benefit to actually make your business better. Scalability and bottom-line growth —- that’s just a small part of how your business can innovate once you really take your technology to the next level.