There is no point denying it: businesses require IT to keep up.
Whether it is saving time and effort or having access to cutting-edge resources, being capable of utilising tech is non-negotiable for a modern company.
And beyond that, large chunks of our personal lives and even international infrastructure rely on inscrutably complex digital procedures.
It seems fair to assume this might all appear overwhelming.
Because the tech revolution has swept across our culture so quickly, many are left shell-shocked, too embarrassed to ask for the help and guidance they need.
What do I need to know? How would I go about learning it? And what will happen if I don’t?
If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions, you are in luck.
Because we understand your anxiety, and in what follows, we have laid out some fair and informed guidance to help you navigate the waters of IT.
But first, allow us to iron out a few common misconceptions.
First off, the history of IT is so recent, and its development occurred at such an exponential rate, that it is not well documented and accounts often conflict.
This means that ‘understanding IT’ is a far more ambiguous subject than it might appear.
On top of that, different technologies use various different kinds of coding, hardware and all sorts of other geeky technicalities, each of which generally takes a serious expert to fully comprehend and master.
What this means is nobody really ‘understands IT’ in its fullest, completest sense.
The rate at which new programmes are created and technical innovations made is dizzying, and simply keeping up with the news stream can be a full-time occupation.
Taking all of this into consideration, we have narrowed our definition of ‘understanding’ IT to a very pragmatic level.
As fascinating as we at Elite might find the ins-and-outs of technology, we appreciate that what really matters is being able to utilise the stuff with relative ease.
So what should I know?
Of course, this will always depend on what you need it for.
If you simply want your business to run smoothly, you can get away with relatively limited knowledge and plenty of outsourced help.
But even if you are really looking to get by with the bare minimum, it is worth knowing certain things about IT.
For example: learning certain simple keyboard shortcuts can save time and make your experience using tech more pleasurable.
Equally, understanding the difference between different makes and models of computer will allow you to make more informed decisions when it comes to equipping your staff.
Ultimately, however, what it really is essential to know about tech is how to ask for help.
Some people teach themselves to code in total isolation, but for the vast, vast majority of us, becoming knowledgeable about IT is a slow process requiring extended guidance and advice.
From a business perspective, the single best thing you can do to learn about IT is bring in IT experts to offer you that guidance.
The majority of people’s understanding of IT is piecemeal, highly incomplete and often based on trends or fads rather than hard knowledge.
So one thing you really need to know about tech is that it is far less intimidating than it appears.
Not learning the ins and out of Java Script will not render you useless.
However, being entirely unaware of technology might lead you to miss exciting and innovative opportunities for your business or, more generally, your life.
Technology tends to make its own rules and it’s impossible to predict where it might go.
Having IT experts on-call to help advise and introduce you to ways tech might improve what you do, whether adding to your capacities or simply simplifying your workload, can be a god-send.
So: if you are in need of guidance, requiring help to get your technological situation in order or advice on how better to make technology work for you, all you really need to know is that dedicated IT teams are ready and waiting to give you everything you need.
Why not get in touch with one?