2017 is around the corner and people are starting to think about their New Year's resolutions. Here are the top tech resolutions you should make, and keep, in 2017.
Backup Your Data
You have a lot of precious data on your server, computers, laptops, and phones. When is the last time you backed up your data? Have you ever done a backup? If the answer is no, then there is no time like the present. Make a plan to start secure, cloud based backups in 2017. This will ensure that your files are secure should anything happen to your hardware, or any human error occur. Find out more about how to backup properly here or contact an IT professional today.
Upgrade Your Devices
Do you have an old computer, laptop, or phone that is on its last leg? Consider upgrading in 2017. If you are using these devices for business consider where to get the best return on hardware upgrades and swap out some of that outdated technology. Old, slow, and unreliable devices are a liability. They don’t work properly and their unreliable nature can put your business at risk, not to mention the annoyances of using an extremely out of date piece of equipment. If budgets are tight, look for a commercial hardware vendor that carries high quality refurbished or off-lease devices to cut down on cost, while still updating your current device.
In addition, time wasted due to a slow computer is a real threat to productivity. An estimated annual cost of time waste totals $5,676 per employee (a number based on 200 work days per year, and 13 minutes wasted per day). Consider the cost of a hardware upgrade and weigh it against the mounting costs of time waste. Even with a short amount of time lost, the repercussions are staggering.
Clean Your Devices
Over the course of time your computer and other hardware gets...well...filthy. Dirty devices are not only disgusting and unsanitary, but the buildup of dust and grime can cause them to overheat or not function at full capacity. If your fan is running all of the time, or your computer seems overheated, dust and dirt buildup may be causing it. If you are hesitant about cleaning your own device, contact an IT professional who has the tools and the skills to address the issue.
Update Your Website
Is your website holding you back? Do you have slow load times and out of date information? Use the start of a new year as a catalyst to work on resolving this. There may be updates to your site you are able to make yourself. If you do not have the time or knowledge to update your site yourself, look for a local business to help you source website solutions. Look for agencies who do website design in your area to keep jobs local!
Manage Your Personal Brand
We have all sent that message or posted that pic on social media that we regret and take down. Maybe we commented on an issue to quickly on Twitter or posted an image that was questionable to our Facebook page. Use the start of 2017 as a chance to start better managing your own personal brand. Especially when it comes to professional networking and employment, our social media profiles are so easily accessible. Take some time to clean up your profiles in the new year!
These are 5 ways to get your tech on track in 2017! Happy new year from our team to yours!