In a world where technology is constantly changing it’s surprising to discover tech trends for SMEs haven’t changed that much over the past year. Having said that, major trends have become more influential, determined and accessible, especially in relation to SMEs. A key contender is automation, with mobile, cloud and software all falling under the tech trend’s spell. We’ve put together three key tech trends for SMEs to look out for to ensure their businesses are streamlined and up-to-date.
Use of the cloud has dominated SME tech trends over the past few years. With a huge increase in the amount of businesses using the web-based phenomenon to streamline various Wprocesses. A significant proportion of companies have even started to remove on-site technology, such as desktop computers and printers, in favour of running their IT infrastructure from the cloud. For SMEs it may not be as easy to get rid of hardware, especially if large costs were involved in sourcing them, but shifting the way your business is run so the cloud comes in to play is a good start. The more popular cloud solutions become the more affordable the options – make sure you keep an eye on the latest services.
BookingLive are advocates of cloud-centred approaches. Not only do we run our online booking systems from the cloud but our software requires no downloads so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, all you need is an internet connection! We also love the cloud because it allows us to perform regular, automatic backups so not only does our data stay secure but our clients’ does too.
Following on from backups, the security of data is an integral component of any business, from customer details to financial history it’s vital information is kept safe. As tech trends for SMEs expand so do the inevitable security risks. In regards to booking system data BookingLive’s software is hosted by the experts at Rackspace. The hosting providers have state-of-the-art tools to highlight any potential security breaches so they can prevent them before they even happen.
It’s no secret there’s been a huge shift towards mobile-first approaches to running a business. From mobile optimised websites to user experience, it’s obvious a brand’s online design is key to success.
BookingLive enables clients to run their business from anywhere at any time, with fully mobile optimised systems. Our client’s customers are also able to book from anywhere at any time through mobile optimisation. We even offer web design services to ensure your website matches the responsiveness of the booking system.
So there you have it, a quick round-up of 3 key tech trends for SMEs to watch this year. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact us today.