Is Future-Proofing Your Tech Possible?

Is Future-Proofing Your Tech Possible?
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Of all of life’s big Catch 22’s, the technology one has to be one of the most wonderfully frustrating. You know you need to keep up to date with the latest tech trends in order to succeed but you also know said tech trends change more than the media’s love affair with celebrities. As such, every time you overhaul your business tech on a whim, you run the risk of having to complete another overhaul a year from now (and, let’s be honest, that’s quite a generous timescale). 

With that in mind, we spoke to a few industry professionals and ask them what the best strategies are for if future-proofing a business’ technology, and here is what they had to say:
Is Future-Proofing Your Tech Possible?
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1. Stick With The Pack

With something as big and important as technology to worry about, you're better off not putting yourself forward as a guinea pig and that means doing the rather counterintuitive thing of not jumping on the latest tech trends the moment they surface. Instead, let others be the guinea pigs and follow their feedback closely. See what they say the faults are and what the costs of redesigning the systems to suit their needs have been. What you’ll find is, each of these early adopters will start to gravitate toward a clear winner, and you can be pretty sure this one will be the last man standing in that race. 

2. Get In The Know

With the internet age has come a simple way to keep up to date with what’s out there and what is good. Of course, the best option when it comes to future-proofing your business tech is having a specialist on side, someone in the know; an IT support company that is able to come in to perform an audit of your needs and then inform you of what is out there. Of course, another great option is to download the Flipboard app and scan the technology category every other night. These are publications that need to relay accurate information on the latest trends and tech in order to survive and that means they are great oasis’ to drink from.

Is Future-Proofing Your Tech Possible?
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3. Accept Change Happens

In a utopian world, future-proofing would be totally possible. The reality is, however, total future-proofing is not possible. Things change, requirements shift, environments alter and circumstances get tweaked. The world is an evolving place - it is what got us to where we are now instead of us being stuck in The Stone Age. As such, you need to accept this and learn how to keep up, which is best done by being flexible, adaptable and, to an extent, modular. 

4. Success Through Software

The great thing about the modern world is how easy it is to update your software; you just need to remember to. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers of every sort can all enjoy a software update, taking them to the next level and preventing them from becoming redundant. It is one of the most effective tools at your fingertips. It offers up the chance for you to take advantage of the latest features, while also protecting yourself from things like glitches, securities worries and even slower processing power.