Tackle these IT projects to grow your business this year

May 5, 2013
You want your small business to grow in 2013. You have dreams of reaching new revenue records and increasing your staff. You would perhaps love to add new locations. So how will you achieve this growth? You might consider looking at IT. Tackling the right tech projects can make your small business more efficient and provide your employees with the tools they need to snag more clients and sell more . The following are three IT projects recommended by the Small Business website that can increase your business’ bottom line this year.


Onsite Wi-Fi

The bring-your-device movement keeps growing. This makes sense: Employees often work more effectively when they can work with their own personal tablets, laptops and smartphones on the job. After all, they are more acquainted with these devices. Bringing their own personal devices to work can also help when employees have to put the finishing touches on a report or presentation when they’re at home or traveling. But this policy only works if your office provides a strong and reliable Wi-Fi network that employees are able to use to access the Web, send and receive e-mail messages and update your company’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Make acquiring a reliable Wi-Fi network a key goal of 2013.


Invest in Ultrabooks

Ultrabooks are impressive tools. They’re not as clunky as traditional laptops and far more powerful than Netbooks. They can also help your staff bring in more business: They are able to take their Ultrabooks home with them or on the road when they are traveling to work on reports and presentations. They are able to run multimedia presentations for prospective clients. And Ultrabooks tend to be more affordable than ever today. If you’d like your employees to reach their full potential, equip them with Ultrabooks.


Wipe out Windows XP

Windows XP is a solid operating system, especially compared with the universally unloved Vista. But Windows XP’s time has come and gone. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for the 10-year-old operating system come April of 2014. Plus the company will stop sending security updates for the system then, as well. This means that it’s time for you to upgrade any machine still running this operating system. Upgrade instead to Windows 7; it’s one of Microsoft’s more popular operating systems.

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