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Manage Annoying IT Stress in Two Steps

Posted on January 18, 2018

You know what we’re talking about. They happen practically every day, and they can make life rough. They’re the “little” technology issues – like not being able to print or being unable to share your calendar.

 

Technology plays an important role in today’s business world. In fact, many businesses couldn’t even operate without technology, which is why IT issues can be a huge source of friction for business owners.

 

Whether you’re experiencing the same IT problems repeatedly or you’re not sure your technology is being used to its fullest potential, these irritants keep you from focusing on your core business.

 

Two ways to manage friction points in your technology

 

  1. Upgrade your awareness

Being aware that there may be a better way, is the first step to minimizing friction. As average users of technology, we don’t know what we don’t know. If we’ve been trained one way to perform a task, we don’t necessarily look for a better way to do that task. This causes friction as we may be less productive or frustrated with the process.

 

From taking advantage of document collaboration to utilizing complex Excel formulas to going in depth with critical line-of-business applications, your software has many features that you probably aren’t using. Features that streamline, simplify and improve your productivity.

 

 Action to take now:

Continual computer training opportunities for your staff can steadily increase their professional competencies and experience, while accruing the benefits of a comprehensive employee development program to your business. By knowing your software better, you will be equipped to study current processes and modify them to be more efficient and less stressful.

 

  1. Reject the status quo

When you think “there’s got to be a better way,” you’re right. For instance, when you find yourself manually manipulating data in a program, it pays off in time savings to automate that same task. On average, employees are unproductive for 8.6 hours of every 20 hours they are sitting at the computer. Instead of accepting things as they are, reject the status quo and search for a better way.

 

Action to take now:

The best place to start in your search for better IT processes and implementation is with your strategic IT partner. They’ll be able to assess your work flow, look at available technology, and make recommendations for optimization.

 

Some of the most annoying friction points in your business are the IT problems that don’t go away. Like an endless loop, you’ll have an IT issue, call the IT person, and they fix it. But later, the same problem happens again. So you call your IT person, they fix it, and on it goes, over and over and over again.

 

Reject the status quo. Stop this break-fix cycle. When it comes to your technology, the foundation of your business operations, your IT partner must find the root cause of recurring problems, and fix them once and for all.

 

At itSynergy, we create positive experiences with technology. Get in touch with us at 602-297-2400 or online.

Be A (Super) Hero: Leverage 365 for Full ROI and Create New Business Advantages

Posted on September 18, 2017

Be A (Super) Hero: Leverage 365 for Full ROI and Create New Business Advantages Set up presentations as fast as a speeding bullet! Analyze reports with x-ray vision! Leap project deadlines with a single bound! Be a super hero – lead your company to success with the power of Office 365! Filled with super powers … Continue reading Be A (Super) Hero: Leverage 365 for Full ROI and Create New Business Advantages »

10 Business-Changing 365 Features You Need to Know About

Posted on September 1, 2017

Expanding Your Horizons: 10 Business-Changing 365 Features You Need to Know About Although Microsoft’s Office 365 was released just 6 years ago, it has surpassed all other cloud-based applications and is now the most widely used enterprise cloud service by user count. Despite its popularity, many O365 users have not expanded their horizons to fully … Continue reading 10 Business-Changing 365 Features You Need to Know About »

The Top 3 Business Challenges Solved by Office 365

Posted on August 7, 2017

Expanding Your Horizons: The Top 3 Business Challenges Solved by Office 365 Microsoft Office has been the mainstay of business applications for decades. It was in late November of 1990 that Microsoft released the first versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Can you imagine a world without those three critical applications? They’re a part of … Continue reading The Top 3 Business Challenges Solved by Office 365 »

Do you wanna cry when you read the news the last few days?

Posted on May 16, 2017

You’d be hard pressed to turn on the evening news or pick up a newspaper the last few days and not hear about the cyberattack currently sweeping the globe. As an IT company, we get lots of questions about it, so we thought we’d answer a few of the most common ones: The thing we … Continue reading Do you wanna cry when you read the news the last few days? »

Hacking the Human Video Series: Passwords

Posted on February 9, 2017

Get yourself an account on irs.gov before the bad guys do it for you

Posted on March 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that they received more than 490,000 identity theft complaints in 2015, a 47% increase over 2014. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said tax refund fraud was “the largest and fastest growing ID theft category” tracked by the FTC. What can you do to keep yourself from becoming a victim? There … Continue reading Get yourself an account on irs.gov before the bad guys do it for you »

Amazon announces two factor authentication

Posted on March 9, 2016

Just in case you missed it, Amazon recently announced (finally!) support for two factor authentications. Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE advocate of two factor authentication anywhere it is available. I’d recommend you take a few minutes and set up two factor authentication for your Amazon account ASAP. Here is a link … Continue reading Amazon announces two factor authentication »