Just as in personal life, professional life can be filled with questions and pitfalls regarding security-related issues. While people can be tempted to cut costs and corners and hope for smooth sailing, unquestionably the best option is to plan.

Cover your bases, both in terms of general security and in special cases related to your business, and better financial outcomes, as well as lower stress, will inevitably result.

General Security
The most fundamental forms of security in business are going to the most regular. On a basic level, this means keeping all points of access to secure and maintain high levels of password strength. For optimal results here, you’ll want to adopt passwords that are at least 12 characters long. These do not have to be gibberish but ensure they aren’t related to the business itself or family.

Backup Security
Once-daily security is covered, you will also want to consider the possibilities for massive system failure. This can occur as the result of a wide range of unforeseen consequences, such as fires, electrical surges, floods, and malicious unexpected attacks. The best way to combat these problems is to shore up recovery methods beforehand, through the proper application of cloud-backups and software.

Cloud backups are also key. They can be an enormous boost because they constantly run in the background, never requiring much input from the workers of a business. By automatically updating data, any essential databases can then be redownloaded in the case of emergency, such as the loss of regular storage.

Stay Vigilant
Small daily and weekly checks whenever necessary can make all the difference in spotting problems and addressing them before they get out of hand. Stay vigilant, and what will undoubtedly start off alienating and challenging will eventually become simple and second nature. In the long term, your business’s security and health will be all the better for it.

Hire professionals
Cyber threats are always evolving. To stay on top of emerging trends an organization must be innovative and informed, this takes a lot of time and effort. To maintain those capabilities in-house requires a lot of resources. Utilizing a company that specializes in security is more effective as you have access to an entire team of experts that will allow your team to focus on other business-related tasks. Leveraging a team of experts ensures you’re protected by the best.

If and when an attack happens, your cybersecurity firm will know exactly what to do. Should your company suffer from an ongoing data breach, they’ll quickly go into action to resolve the situation as fast as possible in order to close the breach.

To learn more on how you can protect your company, contact us

Not only is your business growing, but technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Which means knowing if it’s time to upgrade to a new IT system is key to protecting the future of your business. Here are four ways to know if your organization is ready for an upgrade.

Your Response Time is Lagging: If users are waiting too long for the system to respond – or if the system often crashes – then it is being overworked and overloaded. Downtime costs small-to-midsize businesses thousands of naira per hour and will hamper employee productivity.

Your cybersecurity is lax: According to the official cybercrime, report cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. A Symantec study found that more than a third of all reported targeted attacks in 2014 were against small businesses. The emerging patterns show that cybercriminals will often target small and medium-sized businesses because they usually do not have the expertise or resources to fend them off. If your websites are consistently down and your staff are not security conscious then you may have a problem.

You can’t grow: As the organization grows, and the data that you store also grows, so too should your systems. If you add new products or expand your client portfolio, then this necessitates the expansion of your data warehousing system. In turn, the reporting functionality within your software must be dynamic and keep up with the pace of your past changing and vibrant business.

Everyone is complaining: Grumbling from employees and customers about delays, clunky processes, and tedious manual tasks means you have a big problem and it is absolutely time to reevaluate your IT infrastructure. Innovative software such as Microsoft Office 365 can help streamline your workflow and automating other processes can help keep customers to employees satisfied.

Final note: Ultimately, without updating your technology, you risk falling behind to competitors, while paying too much to keep your old systems alive or disappointing your clients. To future-proof your business and stay productive, you’ll need to embrace more modern technologies. The cloud can offer your firm space to grow, reliable uptime, flexible working, and cost-effective billing. It’s the freedom you need to do your best work efficiently. Want to find out more? Get in touch with our team.

Digital transformation is the use of a number of digital technologies to enable an organization to improve or evolve their business process, culture and customer experiences to meet today’s rapidly changing business environment.

This is achieved through a smart integration of digital technologies, processes and competencies across all levels and functions in a staged and strategic way.
The key thing to remember is that digital transformation will look different for every company, simply because each company structure and operation are different.

This means companies will require different levels of digital and software integration which will change day-to-day operations and how they deliver value to customers.

Why does digital transformation matter?
A business may take on digital transformation for several reasons. But by far, the most likely reason is that they have to: It’s a survival issue for many. According to the American Enterprise foundation in 1958, U.S. corporations remained on the stock market index for an average of 61 years, by 2011, it had dropped to 18 years. Today, companies are being replaced on the index approximately every two weeks. Technology has driven this shift, and companies that want to succeed must understand how to merge technology with strategy.

To make our definitions tangible, it will help to understand that there are three major types of digital transformation:

Internal Digital Transformation
As the organization grows, and the data that you store also grows, so too should your systems. If you add new products or expand your client portfolio, then this necessitates the expansion of your data warehousing system. In turn, the reporting functionality within your software must be dynamic and keep up with the pace of your past changing and vibrant business.
The first type of digital transformation is what goes on inside of a business. Internal digital transformation is any sort of technology that employees use to work with each other and business partners. Streamlining all interactions and creating central locations for work and files.
This leads to several things:
1. Increased workplace productivity
2. Better customer experience
3. Better time management as tasks take less time.
4. Automated systems that can reduce overhead.

External Digital Transformation
The next form of digital transformation is external transformation. This focuses on the organization’s relationships with its customers, suppliers, employees, and partners. E-commerce is the most obvious example. E-commerce not only improves the business processes between trading partners, whether B2C or B2B, but it can also improve the nature of the business relationship, from one that is largely transactional to one that is more strategic. Netflix for example runs an algorithm that selects films according to the users viewing history and will suggest content that the user is more likely to watch. This allows Netflix to gain a deeper understanding of customers both online and offline.

Data-driven Transformation
As Africa becomes more digitized, data-driven decisions will make or break organizations. Digital transformation will help businesses future proof by using data and analytics to study information gathered. This will help companies interpret customer decisions, make better marketing and sales decisions while giving the ability to provide quick and timely solutions to customers.

Gone are the days of going by your gut, in an economic reality where entire industries are changing, actionable intelligence is the new currency. Data and information have become core business assets, sources of revenue, and critical enablers in the information age.

Final note:
As technology change increases, industries will continue to be forced to change. Gone are the days of making decisions by gut instinct. We are in an economic reality where entire industries are changing and actionable intelligence is the new currency. The corporations that regard and pursue digital transformation in a multi-dimensional way will find greater success than those that don’t. For small businesses just getting started, the advantage you have today is that you can digitize your processes and future-proof from the word go. Talk to the experts now and find out how you can begin the transformation process for your business

How do you define a modern workplace? Is it a working environment that is set up with the most advanced technology?
• A company that invests in sophisticated IT security?
• A company that collects and analyses data to their advantage?
• One that embraces automation, cloud-based computing, and AI?
In a word, Yes.

In a radically changed world the modern workplace is far more than a fancy paint job or a new software package. At its core, the modern workplace is a fully collaborative effort that integrates technology and people with the sole aim of creating a flexible work environment and a boost in productivity.

When effectively implemented, it empowers companies to break the boundaries of work styles and get things done from anywhere, on any device, and at any time using secure tools that enhance the way things work, not complicate it.

Here are our top 3 tips for the modern workplace:

A Mobile Workforce:

Allowing employees to work remotely is a change that many businesses have already adopted. Most employees see the ability to work remotely as a huge benefit as it instantly introduces a more flexible work schedule. The ability to work remotely is a key aspect of the modern workplace for a few reasons. First, giving employees the option to work from a different location, such as their home, allows for a better work/life balance.

Second, new features make it easier to have your team spread out and still be in constant communication. Applications from Office 365, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Google sheets allow for people to stay in touch and collaborate in real-time on multiple projects.

Effective collaboration is key:
What exactly does it mean to have a collaborative workplace? It means having all people and technology working together to get more done in the most efficient way possible. 39% of employees surveyed in a recent study felt that people within their organizations did not collaborate enough, while 86% of executives and employees cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.

Office 365’s online services let teams share and edit documents, schedule meetings, video and collaborate in real-time. This gets rid of multiple versions of a document that needs to be combined. Applications like Microsoft Teams provide a central network for teams to work on projects together. That’s the point of true collaboration: working together, seamlessly, to get the best for your business.

Business intelligence:
Making decisions by guessing will no longer work. The modern workplace is designed to amplify business intelligence and that foundation is built on data. Studies carried out by the IDC (International Data Corporation) shows that companies are collecting more data and information from customers than ever before. The study shows that by the end of 2020, 1.7 megabytes of data will be created every second, for every person on Earth.

So what’s the use of all this data? The data helps companies to streamline their decision making by creating useable facts and figures in several key areas –

Deeper customer intelligence

– building detailed profiles of customer needs, wants, and trends, then using that understanding to design new products, shift supply chain flows, and improve customer experiences and loyalty.

Reimagined processes

– identifying inefficient business processes and instituting optimized workflow replacements to speed cycle times, optimize the supply chain, and control costs.

New business opportunities

– spotting emerging threats, opportunities, and trends and using that knowledge to shift business priorities, enter new markets, and make other strategic decisions.

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. With this in mind, as you look at the best options for your Modern Workplace journey, you’ll want a high-performance, crossover, vehicle that best fits all your needs.

We often step into organizations struggling because they have too many disjointed tools that don’t communicate with one another well or enable flexibility in workflows. Why waste your time with many vehicles when a single powerful one has everything you need and more?

To find out how we can help your company embrace the modern workplace? Get in touch with our team.