Business Depends on Technology
Business rely on technology for day-to-day operations:
When we think about the future, we always perceive it as something yet to come and often far away. While the chronological truth of it is undeniable with the incredible pace of technological advancements, we should consider that maybe that future is already here, and we just didn’t really think about it yet. For example, all businesses depend on technology—some more directly than others—and all are also somehow taking part in this technological transformation. So, without further ado, let’s talk about it.
We live in a connected world and our societies are part of it. Businesses cannot prosper without manufacturing products and providing services that are somehow necessary or requested by other companies and consumers—the connection is quite simple to see.
This blog title “business depends on technology” is an unequivocal statement that is even more true when you depend on—and partner with—other companies in an endless, intertwined, two-way chain of collaboration.
It is a system that, at a minimum, requires tools, machines, communications, transportation, computing power, and some amount of data—probably a lot of data. Then you can add a workforce that can, and must, be able to work remotely, managing online relationships that are as real as any in-person ones; then there is the marketing, branding, and social media that kicks into gear as well.
Now, hold on, can you have a business without customers? Certainly not. So, here is more technology and data to add to the equation. As your products and services are built on technology, so is your distribution and end-to-end supply chain. And your last mile to reach your customers requires even more technology and data.
The point is: no matter what your product or service is, every business these days runs on technology.
With this in mind, it’s possible to argue that if our business runs on technology that our business is partly—if not wholly—a technology business? We believe so.
Regardless of whether it uses off-the-shelf commercial technology, outsourced technology services, or bespoke technology systems, and applications, every company is essentially a technology company that provides its own product(s) or service(s) that sits on top of that technology stack.
This is a reality that is only at the beginning stage. Reliance on technology is increasing, and continuous innovations bring more advanced and reliable technology to bear; businesses worldwide will adopt it and depend on it more and more.
How about Security?
Can this whole synergistic system survive and thrive without placing security at the forefront?
Of course not. We have always known that. Walls, doors, gates, keys, alarm systems, fire extinguishers, surveillance cameras, guards, insurance, and so much more. But what happens when technology goes cyber, and we move to the cloud—or, as they say, “someone else’s computers?”
Today many of the business systems we use are likely hosted in the cloud — email, calendars, scheduling, customer relationship management, document storage, human resources, payroll, team collaboration, and more. Because they aren’t physically located on a system inside your office doesn’t mean they aren’t part of your business. These cloud-based systems and applications are part of your technology stack—including the desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and smart watches your employees use to access them.
These systems require attention, maintenance, and security. They need to be appropriately configured to provide secure access to those authorized to use them, be maintained to ensure they keep running at peak performance and ensure data is not leaked, lost, or stolen.
Luckily you do not have to be the experts in doing this work. Instead, it’s better that you remained focused on growing your business, building your products, providing your services, and doing all the things that allow you to deliver the best experience possible to your partners and customers—securely.
That security part? This is what we are here for. We are here to help you run your business by letting you focus on that… running your business.