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The digital transformation has impacted every aspect of our lives, and that includes the way we do business. Unless you’re a group of neighborhood kids selling lemonade from a stand on your sidewalk, your company is at risk from cyber threats that can result in grave consequences. Responsible business owners are well aware of how important it is to mitigate these risks and protect themselves and their data against these threats. However, implementing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy can be extremely challenging. Thankfully, there are a few key elements that all effective protection strategies have in common.
Since cybersecurity is a critical issue that will span your entire company, it must start at the highest levels. Your strategy should have a mandate from the senior level team members to ensure everyone is on board and knows how critical cybersecurity is to your organization. A high-ranking senior member of your company should be the lead, someone who has the authority to make important decisions and implement them. Ideally, you’ll have someone in a role such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in charge of your security strategy, as they’ll have a solid understanding of both the needs of your company as well as the areas of risk and resources necessary to secure them.
In the so-called ‘Digital Age,’ it’s remarkable to think that so many businesses are still utilizing manual, redundant tasks in their operations. This is particularly curious when it comes to the continued use of paper documents in workflows. While documents remain an integral part of business processes, organizations continuing to work with them in paper form rather than digital or electronic versions are turning their back on technology, which offers upgrades to efficiency and productivity. By simply automating your workflows with the help of a document management solution, you can stop shuffling paper and streamline your business processes.
Businesses of all sizes across the world are turning to Managed Print Services (MPS), a solution by which a company's document output is outsourced and managed by an external provider. Market-research firm Transparency Global Research reports the global market for MPS will register a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.8 percent through 2024. And with good reason: according to The Gartner Group, adopting an MPS program—including printing fleet optimization efforts—typically saves an organization 30 percent on its print-related costs. Savings like these are no small financial windfall, as according to International Data Corporation (IDC), the average business eats up anywhere between 5 percent and 15 percent of its annual revenue on document costs.
How can you make the most out of cloud storage, while maintaining strict security standards concerning your business data? Here’s a quick overview:
Optimize Your Cloud – Cloud computing allows for continual collaboration across systems, making all of your business data available to your team regardless of physical location. Files stored in the cloud are automatically updated, or synced, across all devices, ensuring that the most recent version of your document is available at all times. When it comes to data backup, cloud services simplify the process through automation. Also, cloud storage services should be scalable, so that you only pay for the storage space you use.
When it comes to workflow, automation isn’t about replacing people, it’s about helping people. What could you accomplish if you didn’t have to respond to 20 percent of the emails that you receive? How would your day change if you weren’t required to go through eight tedious steps to finalize just one sale? What if you could have real-time statistics without having to run any numbers yourself? Would you have time to be more creative? Would you finally be able to implement that back-burnered idea? How would your business change?
Embracing automation is about putting key tools into place. Here are a few reasons to implement workflow automation software.
Streamline communication – Automation software is designed to compile all of your daily communication into one centralized location. Access an email from last week to compare to yesterday’s memo on one handy dashboard. You’ll save time—and ultimately money—by implementing automation software into your communication streams, and you’ll never have to worry about misfiling an email.
Color increases a reader’s attention span and recall by more than 82 percent. Think about how adding color can impact your company’s brand recognition or the success of your latest promotional push. Your customers will pay more attention to your message and be able to remember more of it if color is incorporated into your printed materials.
Color increases comprehension by 73 percent. You want readers to absorb your message and make sense of it as it relates to them. Using color helps to increase the likelihood that your customers will truly understand the point that you’re trying to make, and will make them more receptive to you message.
Many businesses find it difficult to strike a balance between physical documents and the often elusive dream of going paperless. Although both physical documents and digital documents offer their own benefits and drawbacks, one of the primary concerns for businesses is how to bridge the two worlds.
By utilizing scanning solutions, your business can save time and money while closing the gap between paper and digital files. But, many businesses only use scanning as an occasional supplement to business processes, when in fact document scanning can help solve business problems altogether. Here are five practical ways scanning can improve your document processes.
Your meetings should produce results, not just small talk. If your meetings seem unproductive, utilize these tips to ensure your meetings have follow-through.
Ask for alignment: Ask, “Is everyone OK with where we ended up?” This is a simple step and will bring any questions or concerns to the forefront. The idea isn’t to confirm agreement from all individuals, but to make sure everyone understands what was discussed and the direction the team will be taking.
Confirm next steps: Too often meetings end without clear direction regarding what each person will do going forward. Verbally state—and also include in meeting minutes—what needs to be accomplished before the next meeting. This includes specific projects, commitments, deadlines, and follow-up items.
By using the brain’s natural tendencies to your advantage, you can actually influence other people's responses and decisions. Here are several tips to increase your odds of success in both business and social settings.
Remember that silence is golden. Silence often gets a bad rap for being “awkward,” but remaining silent can be used to your advantage. Don’t feel pressured to fill the void when you ask someone a question and they are slow to respond. Silence implores people to speak, so keep your lips sealed and wait for a response. You will usually get a more favorable outcome. This is a great tool in negotiations.
Consistently remembering names can be a beneficial way for you to distinguish yourself from other business connections. Next time you need to remember a name, give these tips a try.
• Ask again. Just be honest. If you can’t remember someone’s name after being introduced, ask for it again. If it’s a unique name or one you don’t recognize, ask its origin or how it’s spelled so you can write it down later.
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