There are numerous challenges that can inhibit a SME’s success – such as attracting new clients, tackling rising costs, recruiting top talents as well as coming up with new innovative and marketable products or services in order to stay competitive within the market.

However, unlike large companies, small companies do not have the luxury and capital to purchase state of the art technology. To overcome these challenges and still enjoy growth, SMEs can turn to other technological tools that can allow them to match or perhaps even surpass the capabilities of large companies.

Here are some essential technology that SMEs should incorporate into their processes to grow the business.

Digitalisation
Going digital is no longer an option for SMEs. Instead, it is imperative for any business, regardless of small or large, to go digital in order to grow in the competitive workplace. Given that SMEs might be subjected to administrative processes due to the lack of capital, this might result in high inefficiency and human errors.

For instance, the HR department might still be utilizing excel to calculate the company’s payroll which is highly vulnerable to data entry errors or miscalculations. Investing in technology can reduce these errors, improve efficiency and facilitate the growth of the company at the same time.

Embracing the Cloud
The cloud has the power to reduce the amount of paperwork and simplify processes within SMEs. While implementing cloud technology may seem very intimidating to SMEs, the benefits that it provides are plentiful.

Taking the HR department as reference again, cloud technology allows the HR department to store hundreds or even thousands of employees’ data online without having to worry about the lack of space. Moreover, with cybersecurity tools and online encryption, confidential personal and payroll information can be stored securely as opposed to locking the paper documents in a cupboard.

With the plethora of cloud platforms in the market, it is not costly to adopt cloud technology and SMEs can also minimize the number of costly and time consuming IT processes.

There is no denying that SMEs face constant stiff competition from the larger and established companies. Therefore, it is crucial that SMEs have the most efficient processes in place. Adopting a digital strategy is something the SMEs should consider implementing. This will then allow SMEs to be in the best position to overcome these challenges and enjoy growth in the long run.

Author's Bio: 

Based in Singapore, i-Admin offers world-class, easy-to-use payroll solutions using technology and systems infrastructure that exceed industry standards. Our proprietary technology platform provides a singular web-based service that delivers electronic payslips and other e-Services to our clients. We offer payroll services to companies of all types and industries across 15 countries in Asia.

As a leading regional provider of cloud-based SaaS payroll and HR management solutions, we achieve uncompromised efficiency, security and service quality to our clients’ organisations and employees, further helping our clients’ to save on large financial technological investments.