Whether it is the beginning, middle, or end of the year now is the perfect time to reset and start planning for the rest of the year. What better time to look at business as usual and see where improvements can be made? Technology is no exemption to this rule. With the speed of technology changes, it is important to set some goals for the rest of 2019.
We recommend these 3 goals be the top of your to-do tech list for 2019:
1. Create Your Technology ROADmap
The best way to start a new year is to set goals. There is no better way to do that in the technology world than with a ROADmap from Applied Tech. Recent studies have suggested that on average only 28% of the IT budget is spent on new initiatives or projects, whereas as much as 72% is allocated to simply “keeping the lights on.” What if you could reverse this trend?
This is where your ROADmap comes into play. ROADmap allows you to strategically plan for your business’ technology needs, now and in the future.
ROADmap helps you identify:
- Technology gaps where hardware and software are impeding your organizations productivity or putting you at risk for downtime
- Technology requirements and business processes that are needed to achieve critical business initiatives
- Security Risks to better protect your customer data, company data and your company’s reputation
Your ROADmap will not only tell you where your gaps are, but also how to fill those gaps and when is the best time to do so based on your business plan. Using this tool will allow you to turn an IT expense into a critical business investment.
What to do next: Create your ROADmap with an Applied Tech strategic advisor here!
2. Get Serious About Security
If 2018 taught you nothing else, you need to take security seriously no matter how big or small your company is. With security breaches and cyber-attacks at an all-time high, you need to be taking the right precautions so that your business is not next.
What to do next: You know about your personal credit score. Have you thought about your business’ security score? It is just as important. Preforming an annual FISAScore security risk assessment is critical to identifying and managing risk within your organization. The benefits of doing security risk assessments are:
- Providing an objective, easy-to-understand score to track progress over time.
- Identifying risk that exist regarding information security and prioritizing them.
- Meeting compliance requirements of government, industry or corporately mandated security programs like HIPAA, PCI or GDPR.
- Easy to understand findings, a scoring system that you can relate to, and action items that can be easily itegrated into your technology ROADmap
We recommend you do a risk assessment annually. This will allow you to see progress and , if necessary prove to auditors you take security seriously. Take our free FISAScore Security Risk Estimate here to see a brief overview of how you stack up.
3. Make Tech Training a Priority
This one goes hand in hand with security and productivity. In cyber security, your employees can be your best defense against cyber-attacks, but if not trained properly, they can be your company’s biggest threat. Training on how to spot phishing emails as well as best practices for sharing documents can greatly reduce the threat of cyber-attacks being effective. On top of that, training your employees on how to use technology the right way increases productivity in everyday work and increases adoption of new technology implementation.
What to do next: Look in to cost effective technology training. At Applied Tech, our customers continue to ask us “How do I keep my staff educated on the capabilities of the software without breaking the bank?”
We have collaborated with BrainStorm, a company that specializes in Microsoft training. QuickHelp, is an easily consumable, on-demand learning management system that allows you to customize learning paths for specific people or teams within your organization and track their progress. This training can range from using applications like Outlook to Security Awareness Training. On top of that, it is very low cost. Learn more about QuickHelp here!
Applied Tech also holds FREE CIE Office 365 training sessions, find out when the next session is here!
The end of the year is a great time to revisit your current IT situation. If your current provider hasn’t recommended a ROADmap for next year, it may be a sign you need to reevaluate. If you have pain, aren’t getting strategic advice or are struggling to keep the lights on, a managed service provider like Applied Tech could be a good alternative to your current situation.
Need a strategic managed service partner to help you fill out your ROADmap for 2019? Contact us at (608)729-1300 or sign up below and we will reach out!