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Avoiding the Pitfalls of New Technology

All of us have probably either invested time in learning a new program only to realize it wasn’t everything we needed, or upgraded an existing program only to be disappointed by bugs that leave us with a negative perception of the program. At the least this can perpetuate a negative perception of change or worse, it can costly waste of time and energy. The solution isn’t to avoid technological changes, rather to manage them.

Here are some suggestions for avoiding some of the most common pitfalls in adopting new technology:

  • Don’t be the First. For many people, it’s desirable to buy the latest smartphone, or to immediately upgrade to the newest version. This makes you more susceptible to bugs and issues that have gone unnoticed. Instead, wait until the technology has been used by the public and you’ll be happier with the end result.
  • Give it a Chance. Just because you had issues with a program in the past doesn’t mean it’s stayed that way. Hopefully the program continues to be improved over time and the change will mean improved functionality. Approach with positivity and you might be surprised.
  • Do Your Research. It certainly doesn’t do you any good to spend time learning new programs or features if they don’t meet your needs. It’s critical to take time to identify what functionality you require and what programs meet those needs. Fair warning, this isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

Embracing these concepts will greatly improve your chance of successfully adopting technological changes and maintaining your sanity in the meantime. As always, if you would like suggestions for programs that we have tested and vetted, or would like our help for identifying and researching the solution that is right for your business, give us a call. We look forward to assisting you in any way we can.

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About the Author:

Christina has been a freelance consultant and trainer since 2010 and enjoys helping her client's grow and improve their businesses. When she's not working, she enjoys motorcycling with her husband through the Washington countryside, cooking and keeping the yard from turning into a jungle.
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