Yesterday’s workplace was “The Office” — physical workstations tied to a server and storage system by Ethernet, wired systems that don’t travel.
Today’s workplace looks a lot different. Companies are investing in portability for many different reasons. What do all of the following have in common? They support portable and agile business processes and strategies for the modern enterprise.
Smart Cloud Strategies
Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) trends were a major enabler for portable, agile IT in business. Some years ago, when engineers realized they could tie business services to the Internet and deliver software through the web, the business world changed. Now companies are subscribing to services for everything from payroll to marketing to linking up remote workers around the world. It pays to think about specifically how the cloud can support your business. Look at Joon’s suite of cloud-based business solutions to see what can benefit your company.
Virtual Machines and Containers
By creating virtual machines and other types of virtual hardware pieces, companies can abstract the hardware layer, in order to do away with physical procurement. Instead of trying to build hardware, you buy and assemble hardware digitally. The information may be in a vendor’s data center, but you’re the one controlling it.
Virtual machines and containers can help with security and functionality for business data headed to and from the cloud. Some experts talk about “deploying applications” in a safer way, or savings resources with cloned operating systems. All of it is in aid of a more versatile, powerful new way of doing business.
In this day and age, why have compute, network and storage capabilities on separate platforms? Hyperconvergence is the idea that you can put all three of these into one neat package. That’s another thing that’s driving more portable corporate IT systems for tomorrow.
Customer Relationship Management is a big deal in business. With the resources that today’s businesses have, there’s an expectation that they’ll know who their customers are, right down to the last detail. CRM helps to match names with faces and provides handy purchase histories and other key information that business people need when they’re trying to grow and expand. Portable CRM can help bring this information to you wherever you happen to be.
Sales Force Automation
Sales force automation addresses the portability of dealmaking. If you’re out in the field or somewhere outside of the office, you need access to the right data about deals in order to make them happen. SFA fills that role as yet another part of designing a fully portable business experience.
This is something you hear a lot about in the software world, but it works in physical production, too. Agile development is all about streamlining business processes by blending them together — taking down some of the ‘walls’ that existed in traditional business and making it more about the expedited delivery of products and services. Think about this type of innovation for the 21st century.
Remote Merchant Processing
For businesses that need to sell in a broad variety of locations, remote merchandising is key. In order to sell, businesses have to have remote merchant processing setups. Banks and other providers can offer portable systems for helping to make those financial transactions. For e-commerce businesses, online merchant processing is part of the fundamental backbone of how the business functions. Look for these types of versatile merchandising agreements.
In order to compete, businesses have to be forward-thinking. They have to be ‘out there’ reaching the people who they need to reach. Social media is one aspect of outreach marketing. So is the idea of holding public events to promote a business. So is community partnership. All of these things contribute to a bigger and more flexible business footprint in the community.
The Internet used to be a place for a basic text and image page that showed directions on how to get to the business, along with hours of operation and a little bit more.
These days, it’s much more than that. Web 2.0 means offering customers curated thought leadership content and other resources directly through the web. It means embedding Java applets and other resources to create useful Web forms. When you enable the easy transfer of information through the Internet, you help orient customers and make it easier for them to convert and purchase.
How do you know who you need to reach, and how you need to message them? Joon offers companies the ability to reach out from a connected business network, to identify the people and influences that can help to build a brand. Take your brand to the next level with cutting-edge outreach and analytics! Ask Joon about what’s possible for upgrading your enterprise IT.
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