Scaling up is something all startups must do as they grow, but it can’t just be done haphazardly. To build the foundation for a long-term future, you need to scale up smartly by using the right tools. Talent, office space and sales will be key to amplifying your reach, but one thing that cannot be overlooked are the technology upgrades that will be fundamental to fueling further growth.
Make sure you spend your funds wisely now to get what you need, with the following three tech options representing crucial considerations that every startup should consider implementing as soon as possible.
Full-Featured Computing Machines
As much as mobile technologies continue to advance, in-office computers are still the driving force behind most businesses. This means you absolutely should not skimp on the desktop machines you outfit your company with. Be sure to buy all the processing power you need, with special attention paid to what display monitors you get for those in positions where graphic design and visual elements are part of the workflow. While there may be cheaper options that will save on upfront costs, in the end you have to understand that a little extra short-term capital now won’t be worth much if your workers are struggling to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently.
Mobile AI Platforms
Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to gain real traction in the business world. While the applications tend to be quite different than the Hollywood and pop culture visualizations of this technology, companies now use AI platforms like Snapdragon to improve their productivity and efficiency in everything from fraud detection and claims processing to customer service chat-bots and predictive analysis. One significant advancement facilitated by Snapdragon is the ability to run AI directly from a smartphone without relying on the cloud. The more and more machine learning and AI platform innovations continue to advance, businesses will increasingly be able to yield the benefits, and mobile digital personal assistant services – and so much more – stand as one of the greatest offerings that artificial intelligence can deliver. Find a mobile device that can handle such features and start using it now to save time and improve results.
Software as a service (SaaS) continues to proliferate across the private sector. It just makes sense. Not only does it often require less spending at the outset, but you have so much more choice and flexibility down the line. This is why these cloud-based services are increasingly the best options for startups trying to scale. Whether it is comes to document management and graphic design programs or accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, it is always better to have the option to add more users or applications on the fly as you add more bodies. This way, it’s just a simple click to add another few people to an established plan rather than downloading new software and relying on IT to go through tedious installation processes and constant system upgrades.
Scaling up is an exciting – if nerve-wrecking – time in any startup’s life cycle. But with the right decisions, this can be your true time to shine. Rather than being anxious about what a bad call or two might bring, think of this as the moment when you can slingshot past the competition and build what it takes to keep winning over the long haul.
Just be sure not to overlook the technology elements that underpin a lot of what modern businesses need to function at their best. While it may seem easy to just stick with the tools you have used so far, upgrades are now necessary and will keep you producing at a high level.
Look to the best machines you can afford for processing power, opt for mobile AI platforms on devices that can help you work more efficiently, and use software as a service solutions whenever they make the most sense. With all this – added to the hard work that has gotten you this far – you can use technology as the springboard to the next phase of success.