Sustainability in business is all about being repeatable, adaptable and capable of scaling up and down as needed. Rushing through process implementations, technology upgrades and new hire training can cause botched executions and unnecessary confusion. That’s why small and medium businesses must pursue a sustainable strategy that allows them to grow smarter, not just faster. Having the right technology on your side can help you scale your business up or down with ease as well as empower people and processes. But what are the best technologies you should consider for scaling your business?
Here are the Top Technologies for Scaling Your Business
Deploy a learning management system that allows you to customize your learning modules. Look for a solution with additional features such as:
- Multiple languages (ideal for global teams)
- Structured learning
- Engagement documentation (helpful when you're required to prove every learner’s training completion)
- Automated reminders
- Centralization of information (to ensure that critical training is not lost if crucial team members move on to other organizations)
Poor documentation can lead to unanticipated downtime, operational and performance issues, and ultimately, revenue loss. It also results in countless hours of employee time wasted searching for information or guidance to solve simple IT problems.
IT processes must be optimized for performance, reliability and effectiveness to meet business expectations and security requirements. Therefore, thorough and transparent documentation is a must to ensure and maintain proper configurations and processes.
Some features to look for are:
- Organized documentation
- Relationship mapping (link related items so that you have access to all the information you require)
- Safe password management
- Enterprise-level security
- Capability to integrate with existing technologies at your business
Security awareness training
Gathering the team together for a one-time training program will not help your employees defend themselves or your business against cyberthreats. Nor will it help your company grow sustainably. Your employees require thorough and ongoing security awareness training to deal with the rapid changes happening around them. Through self-paced, short learning modules, every employee must be made aware that even minor errors can snowball into a devastating security disaster for the company.
Remember that the return on investment on security awareness training manifests in better decision-making and employees who respond quickly to cyberthreats, saving your company from data breaches, reputational damage and potentially costly lawsuits.
Ongoing vulnerability scanning
Overlooking even one vulnerability could escalate into something severe. What's more concerning is that, according to the IBM Cost of Data Breach report, it takes an average of 287 days to detect and contain a data breach. Continuous vulnerability scanning can assist you in detecting and remediating vulnerabilities while freeing up your team's time to focus on other tasks.
Vulnerability scanning that focuses on point-in-time reporting can only help your business up to a point since it can’t detect evolving vulnerabilities. Instead, try continuous vulnerability scanning that is capable of detecting network vulnerabilities as soon as they appear.
Collaborate for success
It’s easier said than done to find the right technologies to help your business scale sustainably. You’ll need to put in a lot more time and effort. That’s why working with an expert partner with in-depth knowledge and expertise to guide you on your journey is ideal.
We may be the right partner for you based on our years of experience in dealing with these matters. To find out more, contact us for a no-obligation consultation.
Additionally, to learn more about sustainable scaling, download our infographic “7 Ways to Make Your Organization Scalable” by clicking here.