We’ve all felt the frustration of a poor internet connection: web pages not loading, important files refusing to upload, emails and messages not sending. For businesses, these problems are more than frustrating; they cost time and money. While you may think that putting up with internet service that slows you down helps to save money, a better network and faster connection not only improves productivity, but can actually open the door to money-making solutions.
1. Leverage the Cloud for your Business
In their annual State of the Cloud survey, RightScale found in 2017 that over 95% of their respondents were already using the cloud for their business processes. And while the cloud offers businesses benefits such as reduced hardware maintenance, reduced IT spending, and more agile applications and processes, effective use of the cloud requires a reliable and fast internet connection. Migrating to the cloud has become easier and cheaper in the past year, and with its potential for increased savings and security, it makes more sense than ever to incorporate a cloud strategy into your business.
2. Go Further with VoIP
Making communication easier, faster, and cheaper is a surefire way to boost productivity and revenue. Switching your phone system to VoIP does all that and more: with lower trunking and long-distance costs and better scalability, VoIP systems cost less than traditional landline phones. In addition, VoIP systems offer a whole host of features that improve workers’ quality of life, such as mobility, conferencing, and integration with other communication tools as well as your CRM.
3. Better Data Security
After 2017’s high-profile data breaches, data security is at the forefront of business leaders’ minds – and if it’s not, it should be. Businesses should be regularly sorting through their data, backing up what they need and destroying what they don’t, and backing up data requires a fast and secure internet connection. With diminished upload speeds, backing up systems slows the rest of the network to a crawl, reducing productivity and making routine backups a chore. With an adequate connection, you can ensure your data is available for recovery should a breach occur.
4. Use Video to Your Advantage
An estimated 82% of all consumer internet traffic will be video traffic by 2021. From entertainment to advertising, consumers are watching an astounding amount of video, and many businesses are scrambling to catch up. Whether your business is making or watching video, fast upload and download speeds are essential for keeping up with the internet climate. Video can be used for training and marketing, and videoconferencing allows for increased mobility in addition to eliminating travel costs.
5. Embrace BYOD
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is a policy that many companies are encouraging among their workforces. People are attached to their devices, whether that be a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and the ability to do work with devices that they’re already comfortable with can improve employee satisfaction and productivity. On the company’s side, businesses reduce their expenditure on company computers and phones, making BYOD a win-win. More devices, however, means more bandwidth is necessary.
These five examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Improving your internet service and connection opens the door to a huge array of workplace improvements. With so many benefits, it could be time to boost your network’s performance and your bottom line.