With the whole world apparently going cloud crazy, you might get the idea that you’re missing out (and the chances are, if your technology systems are long in the tooth, you are). Check out these five signs which show your business is ready to take the leap…and reap the rewards.Read More
If you have been following us for a while (or even 5 minutes), you will know getting the upper hand with leverage is our thing.
We have all heard the well-versed notion, “technology increasing productivity”, however, what most don’t realise is that this is only half the opportunity.
Businesses (and individuals) are increasingly realising the potential technology has to enable creativity.
When you think about it, it makes sense. The accumulation of all the technological advances over the last century has lead us to a place where we have documentation of human knowledge, creations and discoveries just a few mouse clicks away, at any time.
Distances have been reduced (despite barriers of time and space). Sharing knowledge is easier. Making connections is at the tip of our fingers. All of these factors combined facilitate creativity.Read More
If you are one of the 37,000 franchise units operating in NZ reading this article, you most likely can relate to the fact that your growth opportunities could be limited by lack of systems for your front-line workers to interact your customers, as well as collaborate and communicate internally.
Whether your people are behind the counter, onsite, in clinics, or on the phone, they are the first to engage with your customers, the first to represent your brand and the first to see your products and services in action. First line workers are the backbone to some of the world’s largest industries, and that is no different in our country. In New Zealand, recent surveys indicate that more than 124,000 people form part of our franchising industry first line.
As a franchisor or franchisee, you need technology that enables your business and your people: technology that’s affordable on a small-business budget and doesn’t restrict your future growth.Read More
Many NZ SME's face the same growth barriers: they have reached a stage where customer demands drive are driving their growth, but don't have the right tools or processes in place to manage this growth, anticipate buying behaviors or build loyalty.
The reality is 1 in 3 New Zealand SME owners wish they knew more about technology, and how it can help drive their businesses forward.
The solution? Start understanding your options by looking at how latest technology can assist your business.
The good news? This post explores a handful of the benefits the right IT can bring to organisations (and provides a path for those wanting to take action now!).Read More
The modern workplace now revolves around collaboration. Our roles are now intertwined with others, so our optimum output requires the inputs and expertise of a team.
Diverse teams spanning different departments, locations and hierarchical positions are now central to a high performing business, pinning collaboration tools as must-haves. We fall back on technology and collaborative platforms to bring our diverse teams together. Facilitating teamwork, whether it be in person on virtually, is now essential.
However, most teams require multiple platforms to be able to collaborate, which becomes highly annoying... and stressful. And here we introduce the latest productivity tool, made for teams! Think of it as a 'one stop shop' type of platform for all your collaboration needs, for all the teams you are a part of. Exciting right?Read More
Switching to Microsoft Office 365 is one of the fastest, easiest and most beneficial ways you can take your accounting firm into the cloud. With all the familiarity of Microsoft Office, ‘going 365’ takes staff into a new way of working with minimal disruption. What’s more, it rapidly demonstrates the many benefits which can be expected from cloud services: flexibility, mobile working, ease of access to information, improved collaboration and communication capabilities.
Check out these 5 ways Office 365 can help your accounting firm streamline operations and improve performance.Read More
Data reporting hasn’t worked well for many companies because of the way it is approached. A business person without technical skills wants information to make a decision related to an app, a marketing campaign or a spending decision.
The information is stored in a database and they don’t have the skills to access it. They ask the developer for help. This means translating what they want to know into questions, which the developer must interpret and then code queries to the database. Eventually, a database report is produced – but the non-technical person is often presented with too much data, which they must then interpret based on their original need for information.
There is too much interpretation and translation going on. It quickly gets confusing, misunderstandings are inevitable and value is either obfuscated or missed altogether. Not to mention the frustration of waiting for something which might not meet requirements when it is finally delivered.
Don’t get too used to your office space, technology is turning it on its head! The evolution of new technologies that enable remote working is already here. Attitudes towards flexible working are rapidly shifting, along with the creation of new tools and techniques to boost remote team efficiency. Technology is creating a dynamic yet hyper-productive workplace. Hello future!
But, there are still some fundamental problems in the way businesses are leveraging technology.
Relationships in all facets of our lives require work, including professional ones. However, recognising and breaking off professional relationships, such as those with your IT support, is not as easy.
Experience tells us that, often, companies will only realise that their IT relationship should have ended long after it is beyond repair, leading to unproductive downtime, additional costs, and overall staff unhappiness.
Our advice? Don't grin and bear it for 3-5 years until you can raise the idea and find a new IT provider, as the cost will only amplify.
The reality is: it is hard to break up with an IT provider, but it is ok to admit that the relationship isn't working for your business. The good news? It has never been easier to find and IT provider that can take your business to the next level!
So, if you are finding yourself on the fence, this post is likely to be the wakeup call you have been waiting for. We have compiled the top 6 signs that show that it is time to say good bye, and these are:
After the industrial revolution, the business world stayed consistent for just over a century. However, with the dawn of the internet it is safe to say that will never happen again! The accelerating rate of technological development in the last 40 years has changed society – and it has also had a rippling effect in the business world, creating new business challenges for owners.
We’ve outlined what we see as the 4 biggest challenges for the modern business owner and provided insights on how to overcome them.Read More