There is a revolution taking place and every enterprise whether large or small can be a part of it. With the new breed of agile business tools and cloud computing, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises can transform the way they work.
Digital Transformation: Fact or Fiction?
Freed from costly hardware and empowered by an interest for 4G connection, micro enterprises can now punch above their weight without needing the kind of infrastructure or capital investments that was once required to go digital.
With the advent of ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS), there are now tools for everything from small business accounting and Human Resources to email marketing and document storage. And they bring loads of extra benefits, including improved collaboration, automation and pay-as-you-go pricing models.
In the Cloud
For the cost of a few monthly subscriptions. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can use online planning and collaboration tools such as Trello and Slack to culminate and manage internal projects. Likewise, lightweight, cloud-based data management services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox can all be integrated with an SME’s core business systems.
These types of tools make it easier for managers and employees to share data, collaborate and to be confident they are working with the most up-to-date information. They enable remote working and 24/7 working. Working in the cloud and in real time removes many of the inefficiencies caused by fragmented data that often results from team members sharing different versions of documents and spreadsheets via USB sticks or email.
And these kinds of enterprise apps are becoming easier to use and almost…fun with exciting and easy-to-use graphic interfaces. Today’s designs and user interfaces more akin to consumer apps – the new breed of business software – is bringing hearts and emojis to the workplace.
However, it is essential that we do not overlook the potential security risks that exist in the cloud. According to a report by Juniper Research, almost three-quarters of UK SMEs believe they are safe from cyber attacks, even though half of them admit to having suffered a data breach. More than a quarter think that they are safe from attack because they are small and of no interest to cyber criminals.
If you want to know more about how to digitalise your enterprise including how to beef up your cyber security, you will be interested in DiTEM – Digitalisation of European Micro Enterprises.
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