cloud computing, security management, bring your own device, device crossover, internet of thingsTechnology is advancing quickly and users are facing challenging times as they attempt to keep pace with the new developments. Hardly a day passes without the introduction of a new tool or upgrade of some software, affecting the processes which we rely on in our day to day lives. 2017 will presents its own share of issues, developments that individuals and businesses need to be aware of so that they can continue to enjoy the available technologies and tools without any interruptions. Some of the key issues that businesses need to be aware of this year include, cloud computing, security management, bring your own device, device crossover, and the internet of things (IoT) among other issues which may have a direct impact affecting the smooth running of your business.

Cloud computing presents huge opportunities for business especially when it comes to storage of bulky data. Businesses are now finding the concept useful as they do not have to invest in systems which will store their big data. They have an opportunity to use the cloud for storage and at times management of the data. Also, the fact that you only need to buy what you need and minimal installation issues, means that businesses can make significant savings in terms of investing in huge systems which they may not need as well as employing full time professionals to manage the system. However these opportunities also present enormous challenges for the business. These challenges touch on security, insider threats, government intrusion, lack of support and standardization, and cyber-attacks. Some of the questions that crop up when thinking about cloud computing include confusion about the best structure to adopt, whether a business should even store data offsite or ought to have their own cloud, invest in the necessary systems on premise, and issues regarding where to even start, among many others.

Among the developments that present potential savings for the businesses, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept ranks highly. The concept entails employees using their own devices to access the company data and programs at the workplace. The concept helps a business to save as it does not have to buy devices for every employee. However despite the potential savings that the system presents it also brings a lot of issues. These issues touch on security, control, training and mobility. While making a decision whether to adopt the concept in a business, the business owners must weigh the benefits as well as the risks that it brings on board and make the decision from an informed platform.

Sometime back, the role of laptops, desktops and phones were clear, a desktop was for office assistance, laptop came in handy where movement cannot be avoided and phones represented a nomadic connection. With technological developments and the entry of new operating systems choosing the right system is now a big challenge. When this is combined with the concept of Bring Your Own Device a business runs into deep challenges.

Data security is an even larger concern this year, with increased incidences of cyber attack, small businesses have become the target. In fact cyber criminals are a big threat since most small and mid-size businesses have not invested in the proper systems that can protect their data. Luckily the issues of security are manageable when a business invests in the right solutions.

Getting the right assistance will help small businesses navigate through the key issues that 2017 presents. Successful navigation through the system will put the business at a competitive advantage further increasing its chances of increased productivity and growth.