This article is the final part of my series of blogs which have looked at how investing in technology should be a key priority for SME businesses. My final tip looks at how enterprise applications can be developed to ensure your employees can enjoy the benefits of mobility whilst still carrying out their day to day tasks.
Following on from my previous blog on the benefits of cloud accounting and CRM for SMEs, this article seeks to look at other ways in which SMEs can use technology to strengthen and transform their business.
Tip 4: Ensure you data is secure by moving to the cloud
Part 2: Take advantage of CRM and Cloud Accounting Solutions
In my previous blog, I touched on the different ways in which technology can transform growing SMEs: moving systems to the cloud, adopting mobile applications and improving existing processes by streamlining systems.
The huge rise in mobile and communications technology is transforming how organisations operate and the way in which they interact with their employees, customers and suppliers.
It can be said that the ‘traditional’ office set-up no longer exists as employees are increasingly demanding the ability to work wherever and whenever they need to. Even on workplace premises, mobile devices such as smartphones, Android tablets and iPads are starting to replace the traditional enterprise desktop.
Tip 1: ‘Future Proof’ Your Business
The first quarter of 2016 saw Cooper Software enjoy a number of key successes. In May, we announced our end of year results and celebrated a 22% increase in revenue, with turnover reaching £4m. In addition, the company has become the proud recipients of two awards which has seen us gain recognition both in the business community and amongst our peers.
Regardless of the type of business you run, the industry in which you operate or the size of your organisation, the security of data is of paramount importance. For the accountancy profession in particular, the handling of particularly sensitive, personal client data, the risk of a security breach is even more serious and the resulting consequences even more so.
A company’s business software system should be a well oiled machine: efficient, effective and agile. However, like most of us at this time of year, despite spring being just around the corner, your organisation’s IT system may be more than a little sluggish and in need of a bit of an overhaul.
How to prevent the big accountancy firms eating your lunch.
In the first part of this ‘partnerships’ blog I discussed how the ‘Big 4’ firms are taking advantage of advances in technology, specifically cloud based accounting solutions, and using this to gain access to the SME market.