One of the certainties when it comes to technology is change, and it is natural that as we become familiar with current technology, we likewise become resistant as things change. Take the migration away from Windows XP. There are still millions of users out there who refuse to migrate, even in the face of security threats and reduced functionality, simply because they don’t want to move from something that is familiar.
There is no doubt that upgrading technologies comes with some pain, however this is generally overcome very quickly once it is embraced. It is the old adage that you need to look at the glass half full rather than half empty. There are so many great features that are part of Windows 8.1 but many people resist the change of look and feel because of what they have heard rather than what they have experienced.
No technology is perfect but it is important to remember that technology is merely a tool and that means that you only get out of it what you put into it. In short, assigning time for training and development with technology is key to getting the most from it. Unfortunately many businesses do not see the value of such an investment and continue to do things in the same ‘old way’. More and more they will suffer the consequences of working unproductively in an environment where everyone is looking for the competitive edge.
The secret, as with most technology, is the middle ground. You don’t necessarily want to be on the cutting edge but likewise you don’t want to be a laggard, because if there is one thing certain about technology, it is that eventually you will need to upgrade. The longer you leave that upgrade the harder and more painful it becomes.
We recommend that you talk to us about developing a technology plan for your business to ensure that you get the most value and benefit from your technology now and into the future.