The use of technology in businesses in Nigeria has made things much easier and has increased productivity in the country. With the current Tech adoption in Nigeria, anyone can start and run a successful business in Nigeria.
Benefits/Advantages of Technology in Nigeria business
- Technology has made productivity increase so rapidly.
- Making difficult tasks so easy.
- It has led to specialization.
- This has helped to reduce cost and other miscellaneous logistics.
- It has helped to conserve man power.
Staring a news business comes with some basic follow ups like legal back up, accountancy and the type f technology to adopt to sustain the business.
These basic needs is applicable to many businesses right now. Depending on the particular needs of your business, there will be some specific technology you’ll need desperately that other businesses might not see it as a necessity.
Six Technological Tools Your Business Must have
1. Local Technology Consultant
In starting a business one has to have one or two mentors that know the nitty gritty of the business in and out. People that he can trust and rely on for ideas on how to run the business with his working capital and the technical equipment that will go well with his company. They guide him not to go astray or commit a blunder that will lead to falling of the business and who can also guide you in your technology growth.
Some people might decide to have an Accountant for obvious reasons known them and a personal Lawyer for even more obvious reasons – same goes for having a local technology consultant or solution provider. It is advisable to see their past project(s) of what they have done for people, the employee(s) they have worked for, give the relationship with them time to grow to be sure they’re working in your best interest.
2. High-Speed Internet Access
The usefulness of the internet is a must for every business, no matter how big or small, they all need it. Having traditional dial-up access is simply too slow and too limiting for a business. High-speed internet will facilitate you to take advantage of online backup, and other technologies you wouldn’t be able to do at all or as efficiently with a dial-up connection.
For those that are into online businesses. Which their presence is only online. It is a must for them to make use of the (technology) internet in their business. If not the business will collapse. The internet is the life blood for them. They must ensure that the vendor providing the service offers very reliable service and support.
3. Computers in technology business
Computers with high system properties such as a processor, RAM, hard disk space should be provided for each employee. These computers should be slow very fast, it shouldn’t be outdated but should be relatively new, with high-speed tools. Each computer should have plenty of memory (512MB or more), hard-disk space (80GB or more), a fast processor (2-3GHZ) and a quality screen for minimum eyestrain. Your computers must be set up in a network with a file server and shared internet access.
Those that are into graphic designs, video editing, animation with high resolution etc. that has to do with large files must have very powerful computers to be able to quickly manage and store the files accurately without getting lost. Different technology (computers) have a level of capacity of what they can store. When one is working in a large company, a reliable computer has to be used, because when once the data that are on the system get missing. The company will have to start from the beginning.
4. Data Security in Nigeria technology business
It’s absolutely imperative that the data of your business is secure and backed up in an external hard disk. Your local network and every of your computers should have a firewall (a hardware firewall for your network and at least a software-based firewall for each computer). An anti-virus software will be required to fight against viruses that may attack your system in the future (many come with bundled with features to help detect phishing and other online threats as well from external people).
In addition, ensure your technology(computers) and network are configured by expert’s people that highly professionals and know what they are doing with relevant experiences. Your wireless network should be well secured. The second phase of your security plan should be to ensure that all of your data has a backup in case your files get missing. You have to think of many ugly incidents that might happen and the way of resolving them when they arise and always ensure to have a recovery plan. If That’s how you have to think.
If your business data has personal information of your customers, especially their financial information, information on social security, etc., it’s even more preferable that you work with a professional security consultant to ensure your information are well secure in your technology gadgets. All your network must be secure, but also your online applications because hackers can go to your website and use loop holes in the online software to get access to your database if your database isn’t properly configured.
5. Website technology in Nigeria
Every business must have a website with this your clients can see company’s profile such as Mission statement, vision, services, contact, and address etc. If you want to begin with a very simple site that’s more like a digital information sheet, that’s fine for now. Having a website filled with detailed information for your customers, affiliate, and employees. If you can’t build your site, you can hire a website developer to do this for you.
As your business grows up you’ll find out that providing your website with as much customer-facing information as possible will:
- I) lessen the amount of incoming e-mail and phone calls to your business.
- II) clients can find help from your website and be happy.
6. E-Mail in technology business
One of the thing that makes me so angry is seeing a growing business with an AOL, Yahoo or Hotmail address. It is so unprofessional because it’s very easy to have an e-mail address with one’s business name, there’s shouldn’t be excused for this. Your web host can set up e-mail accounts for you.