Whether you are a start-up or an established business, you always need to be looking ahead and aware of evolving technology trends. While some technology trends will apply to your business more than others, knowing these means they can be factored into your business strategy.
Here we forewarn and hopefully forearm you with the things we believe will have a significant impact on businesses and their IT infrastructure in 2018.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
There has been a lot of talk in the media about GDPR, however research shows that many businesses are still struggling to understand what GDPR is or how it affects their business.
The truth is, GDPR is important new legislation that applies across Europe with effect from 25 May 2018 and all UK businesses need to comply with the new regulations. There is a 12 step guide available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is a useful starting point, available here: https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf
Recognising the risk to businesses David Allen IT Solutions and Cartmell Shepherd have teamed up to offer a GDPR support service to ensure businesses understand the requirements of GDPR and what is needed to become compliant with the new regulations. You can find more information here: https://www.david-allen.co.uk/david-allen-solutions-join-forces-cartmell-shepherd-offer-gdpr-support/
The threat of cyber-attacks on businesses continues to rise with cybercrime expected to cost the economy $6 trillion each year by 2021. There were 3.8 billion internet users in 2017 (equating to 51% of the world’s population), which has increased from 2 billion in 2015. Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017, that’s up from $325 million in 2015 and is expected to worsen further.
Businesses firstly need to understand the consequence of a cyber-attack on their business and do everything they can to ensure they have the technology, systems and processes in place to proactively prevent an attack occurring.
With ever increasing internet bandwidth in the majority of areas, communication using video conferencing such as Skype for Business is becoming an extremely effective way of delivering both sales and internal meetings without leaving the office. Investing in video conferencing solutions can save valuable business time as well as cost, in terms of travel expenses.
How much time does your business spend travelling to and from meetings that could be conducted differently?
Business need to consider their productivity and address areas of inefficiency to ensure they continue to evolve with technology and continue to grow in competitive markets.
IT that helps your business grow
As businesses rely more and more on technology, having 24/7 IT support that can be relied upon is vital.
- Is your business being supported adequately by your current provider?
- Does your current provider proactively monitor your systems?
- Does your current provider know when something goes wrong with your IT and proactively work on its resolution before you even need to contact them?
- Is your business patched against the latest threats and viruses?
- How much downtime is your business experiencing due to IT issues?
We recognise the demands on each business we work with and work hard to understand what matters most to our clients. We know that one size does not fit all so we develop bespoke IT systems for the clients we support.
Our managed support service is unrivalled and our customer feedback of over 99%, 5-star reviews proves that our customers believe this to!
A New Year presents a new start and what better time to ask David Allen IT Solutions to complete a FREE review of your business IT. Whether it’s to complete a security review or to address productivity inefficiencies, our mission is to implement IT solutions that help drive your business forward.
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Posted: December 31st, 2017