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5 Ways To Incorporate Tech - By Hannah Kelly

5 Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Business

Once modern technologies are in place, the benefits of implementing them often outweigh the short-lived challenges of the transitional process. Here are a variety of areas to review when you are ready to increase your use of technology within your business.

Technology can help business owners leverage limited capital in wiser, more efficient methods. Using technology can often provide greater efficiency and versatility, making it a natural progression for enhancing existing business processes. Other instances may require adjusting existing processes to ensure you can realise the benefits of tech-friendly alternatives. If you are interested, we discussed the debate of changing process over software in an earlier post.

1. Productivity

Productivity tools can increase efficiency within your business, allowing your employees to be more productive with less effort and work towards higher revenues. There are plenty of tools on the market today that can aid in increasing productivity through efficiency gains.

  • Utilise time-tracking software like Harvest, Toggl, or Time Doctor to keep employees on track, improve estimation processes and charge clients for exactly what work as been done.
  • Project management and task management tools like Harvest, Basecamp, Trello, or Asana can make project planning effortless and allow you to maintain balanced resource management.
  • Document Signing systems like DocuSign or Panda Doc can help manage the flow of information within your organisation and improve collaboration and validation.
  • Learning Management Systems like Learn, Sky Prep, or Moodle can be leveraged for training and onboarding your employees in optimised and repeatable methods
  • Choose enterprise-grade hardware to run your business from laptops, to tablets, to mobile phones.
  • Use remote access technologies like Microsoft RDS, TeamViewer, or GoToMyPC when you cannot operate from the cloud to ensure users have access to the tools they need for success
  • Go paperless - save money on supplies, delivery, and storage in your office

2. Financial

Keeping on top of wasteful spending can make a significant difference to your company's financials. Using tools that aid in either increasing margins or decreasing expenses is a skillful use of technology for a growing business.

  • Online Invoicing and payment services like FreshBooks, Wave Accounting, or Invoicely can drastically increase cash flow and reduce past-due receivables with the added effect of reducing paper consumption.
  • Comprehensive accounting and budgeting systems like Intuit QuickBooks, Sage AccountingWave Accounting, or Xero can be leveraged to properly track income and expenses and allow you to drill into all aspects of your business's finances.
  • Online store and e-commerce solutions like Shopify, Wix, and Squarespace can help to increase revenue channels while leveraging existing infrastructure and resourcing.
  • Exploring open-source applications to replace costly off-the-shelf solutions can be a way to reduce operating expenditures.

3. Marketing

Technology can assist you in marketing your business more effecively by streaming workflows and increasing collaboration between different marketing channels. Finding the right solution for automating and managing various aspects of your marketing can have a huge effect on how well your marketing performs.

4. Collaboration

In today's remote based environment, collaboration has become ever so important to a successful business. Collaboration technologies can help coordinate teams and train them to increase their productivity.

5. Customer Service

Leveraging tools to improve your relationship with customers has been around for a while, and now there are increasingly technological ways to continue to further customer engagement.

  • Use social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, or What’s App, as a customer service channel and/or communication tool
  • Use custom engagement platforms like Twilio, HubSpot, and Chat Bot to let customers get to information quickly and efficiently either via automated interactions on chat platforms or text messages.
  • Help Desk platforms like Zendesk and Freshdesk can be leveraged to manage customer issues
  • Survey platforms like Survey Monkey, Typeform, and Google Forms can be utilized to gain customer feedback and stay connected with how your customers perceive you


Incorporating technology into your business can provide significant benefits to your company’s productivity, fiscal management, marketing, collaboration, and customer service. By using the right tools and technologies, you can streamline your business processes, reduce costs, and enhance the customer experience. As you review the various areas discussed, think about how technology can fit into your existing processes and consider how you can leverage it to achieve your business goals. Embracing technology is an ongoing process, and it requires continuous evaluation and adaptation. Act today and start incorporating technology to drive your business forward.


About the author

Chad Ross is a Senior Business Analyst with our User Experience & Design practice and is based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a seasoned professional with 17+ years of IT related experience and has knowledge in both the technical and business aspects of technology. He is an avid science fiction fan and enjoys seeing how sci-fi has introduced new technologies which have also become realities. From Star Trek communicators (mobile phones) to Artificial Intelligence, he is excited to see what advancements are yet to come. Connect with him on LinkedIn!

About the artist

Hannah Kelly is a 3D artist and freelance illustrator. She is also the owner of Han's Studio, an online store containing products based on her illustrations and designs. Amid copious cups of coffee and the occasional travel adventure, Hannah enjoys pursuing her creative passions and spending time with her nearest and dearest.

For this piece she writes, "I feel the continued implementation of technology into business, as suggested in the article, brings forward a brighter future for all. Technology is represented in my illustration as a computer, standing out against the messy setting of past business models, represented by a fading and chaotic office in the background."