As 2016 comes to a close, business leaders are looking ahead to 2017, searching for ways in which they can improve all aspects of their organizations. One of the best ways to get ahead of the competition and save the company some money is to re-evaluate and adjust (if necessary) the technology plan of your organization. Here are three tips to improving your use of technology in 2017:

1. Take another look the hardware you're using
Odds are, you haven't taken a good, hard look at the computers, tablets and other business devices being used around your office lately. In fact, according to Business News Daily, the average office computer is 4.4 years old. Keeping in mind that most computers function optimally for about five years, the average office computer is on its last legs. Unless you've experienced an issue with the technology, you probably haven't stopped to assess the equipment being used for quite some time. If the machines are old, slow or even malfunctioning in some capacity, company productivity could take a major hit. Consider replacing outdated computers, increasing your network server size and even obtaining a better internet service.

2. Get a handle on your data storage
If you haven't already, take the time to explore data storage solutions for your business. Between cloud technologies and online data storage, you can find ways to backup all the data on your servers or even forgo them entirely when storing digital information. Modern technologies also make it easy to transition between working at the office and working from home. In addition to the increase in productivity, increasing the efficiency of your data storage can save your organization in costs. Using digital asset management tools – such as the Advanced Image Database, for example – your organization can store plenty of images and find them easily as well.

3. Don't be afraid to ask for a little help
Between ensuring you're using the right types of devices and making sure all your employees know how to use the latest technologies at their disposal, it's easy to get overwhelmed by your own lofty tech goals for the coming year. But there's no need to panic! You're not alone when it comes to solving business problems. The team of professionals at MC Services provide Apple training, Mac repairs, iOS management assistance and more to help you work smarter and faster. Contact us today to learn more.