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Compared to larger businesses, small business are usually not on a level playing field. But, with the advancements in technology the field is becoming more and more equal. Businesses that make connections between IT investments see an improvement in performance. Here are some technologies that you can get in order to help you not only solve small business problems, but also hopefully see an increase in revenue and productivity. Here are some of the major IT solutions of 2014 that small businesses should have, or companies just beginning should invest in before starting up.

Cloud Storage

Using cloud storage may sound complicated and confusing, but it’s actually quite simple when broken down and can be extremely useful for both large and small businesses. Data is stored across multiple servers and managed by a third party.  This allows your companies computers to be free of large amounts of data and make computers run slower. One of the best aspects of cloud storage is that as long as you have access to internet, you can have access anywhere to the data you have saved in the cloud. Some major companies that provide cloud storage are Hightail, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Mobile Security 

Not only can mobile devices help make large and small businesses more efficient, they can also help keep clients and employees connected with each other. It’s good to remember that in order to use these mobile apps with minimum problems, you will need to get security to prevent thieves from accessing sensitive business data available on your mobile networks. It’s good to make sure that you encrypt the data, develop security policies for the mobile devices, and make sure that you update the security often. There are many mobile security companies that can help with protecting your data including FireIDAssetPoint, Datagent, and more. It’s always good to do some research and see reviews of a company before signing a security contract.

Website Analytics 

Analytics is one of the most important technologies that small businesses should already have at this point or should be obtaining it soon. Analytics will help you determine how effective your marketing and social media is. This technology can help you determine how much traffic you are getting to your website, exactly which pages people are going to most, and determine where your search traffic is coming from. All of this information that analytics provides can help you drive sales more effectively especially since you will know which demographic you should be targeting and where. Some major players that are involved with analytics are Google Analytics, ClickFox, Mattersight, and Aktana.

These innovative solutions for 2014 can help companies manage networks, protect their information, and keep in contact with employees, managers, venders, and clients. Implementing these technologies are necessary to be successful in the future since the world is making a push for more innovative technologies. Those who do not keep up with these strides will get left behind. Is there any tech that I forgot? What are some other major technologies of 2014 that you think are imperative for large and small businesses? Leave a comment below.