What Does Your Technology Plan Look Like?

Does your technology plan for 2014 cover all the bases? With the business world going digital, terms like “BYOD”, “cloud storage”, and “employee mobility” are rapidly becoming commonplace; yet far too many companies remain way behind the curve.

Digital Voice Solutions
If you haven’t already, the conversion to internet phone services is one of the biggest steps your company must take in the coming year to remain competitive. The cost of traditional phone service is swiftly becoming unmanageable, with the need for data access making standard wired landlines obsolete and redundant.

Internet phone works by employing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which send voice messages as compressed packages of data through the same internet connections as email.

Adapting to New Technology
Most verticals find it easy to shift over to internet phone service. VoIP can be accessed through PCs, laptops, tablets and Smartphones, and most standard telephone equipment is also compatible with the help of an adapter.

Making the switch is generally inexpensive, as most existing devices will be compatible with little or no refitting. Ongoing savings can be achieved in reduced maintenance costs, elimination of the need to wire new workstations, the ability to use mobile, flex-time and telecommuting employees to full potential, and more.

Mobile Applications
The advances made in internet phone services have become even more attractive with the proliferation of affordable, portable devices such as Smartphones and tablets. Digital voice solutions allow employees to stay connected to each other and employers easily, from anywhere in the world.

All that is required is a connection, whether wired or wireless, and workers can speak, share files, and even hold conferences when miles apart. As more of the workforce turns to telecommuting, or at least working outside the office as much as behind a desk, these applications are extremely valuable.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is another product of the digital business world. According to Gartner, by 2016, 40% of the workforce will be mobile and half of all non-PC devices used for business will be worker owned. Security and privacy issues are expected to be addressed at unprecedented levels during the coming year.

Devices that support internet phone as well as ever increasing amounts of data will be merged, until instead of a Smartphone, tablet and laptop, the average worker will carry one single, all encompassing device for communication, business, and personal use.

Don’t Be Left Behind
Using digital voice solutions should be a cornerstone of any technology plan moving forward. Internet phone can prove invaluable in times when other communication options are cut off. If an ice storm takes out the power grid at the office, for example, digital voice solutions such as VoIP allow managers to communicate with each other, employees, and customers from home or the road.

Take steps to implement internet phone service as the mainframe of your internal and external communications network. It is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of bringing your business into the New Year and positioning yourself as a leader in your industry!