When the New Year dawns and businesses find themselves making resolutions, many of them will be in the realm of technology. Advances in data management, device management, software acquisition and operating systems will press businesses to evolve and become more streamlined and up-to-date. The following five resolutions can offer a promising start for any company, small or large.
1. Institute a Mobile Device Management for BYODs
Employees are flooding corporate offices with their personal tablets and smartphones, using them for business as much as — and often more than — the company computers. This creates a Bring-Your-Own-Device environment, which, instead of deterring, many businesses will be encouraging in 2013. These mobile devices allow employees to comfortably work on the go and since they’re personal, the devices don’t cost the company money. They may cost the company security, however. In order to meet the demands and risks of the modern BYOD office culture, companies must invest in a mobile device management (MDM) system, which will give across-the-board protection to any operating system and device, whether company files get disseminated over iPhones, iPads, Android devices or Blackberries.
2. Upgrade to Windows 8
On the market for a little more than two months, Windows 8 offers several innovative features that businesses will be rushing to adopt. The operating system makes use of the latest touch screen desktops, laptops and tablets by offering one-touch and swiping commands, as well as tapping and two-finger pinch commands. The array of touch commands, along with the new tiled start screen, offers corporate professionals a faster and more dynamic interface that can speed up business.
3. Move over to Cloud Storage (and adopt Hadoop)
In 2013, companies still relying on in-house servers and data centers will be considered anachronistic and out-of-touch. Switch to the most modern data storage and management tool: the Cloud. Cloud services, which allow companies to store data remotely across several different servers on a pay-per- use basis, will become an even bigger and more common trend. Even small businesses will find themselves swept forward into the distributed storage revolution. The benefit is that these businesses will save money on storage and manpower as they reduce informational technology staff and hardware purchases. They’ll also be able to offer new and different services to customers since the loud makes digital access and sampling of business services easier and more accessible to millions.
Within the cloud storage trend, will be the trend of businesses learning to use Hadoop. Companies will storage data in the Cloud, but use Hadoop as the framework to access and manipulate it.
4. Use on-Demand Hardware and Software Services
In the past, businesses spent endless sums of money — that they could instead have been investing — purchasing multiple copies of complex business software and an array of different hardware devices to round out their computer network. Soon, upgrades were needed and support workers were hired to maintain the efficiency of these assets. All this meant more money. In 2013 and beyond, the trend will be toward money-saving Software as a Service (SaaS) and Hardware as a Service (HaaS) setups, where businesses pay IT management companies a monthly fee to provide on-demand software and hardware as well as necessary support for upgrades, licensing and maintenance without having to shell out big bucks for the capital investments. The software and hardware will not be permanent investments, but only for as long as the company desires it. In addition to saving money, businesses will be relieved of other headaches, since on-demand IT services also handle:
- all installations (usually free)
- virus protection
- updates and patches
- regular refreshing on servers
SaaS and HaaS, though fairly used, are already being used and are set to explode over the next several years.
5. Try Server Virtualization
In 2013, many companies will be increasing the efficiency of big single servers and computers by dividing them up into multiple, small virtual machines. This practice allows a company computer to run several operating systems at the same time or a company server to operate as multiple servers. While obviously saving money, server virtualization can also allow more applications to run without crashing, which means businesses can be more productive. Although this practice has been used for more than a decade within the computer industry, it is now expanding into the mainstream, offering savings and benefits to any business genre.
Athor Bio:- Steven Boggs is a consummate freelance professional with years of experience covering the technology industry under his belt. When Steven isn’t reviewing tools for small businesses for companies like EnMast, he spends his time training for his upcoming triathlon.