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A new year has begun, have you made any updates to your small business’ technology? If not, you might be costing your business money. All things considered, technology can help your employees perform more efficiently. That, in turn, could make your small business more profitable in 2014. SmallBusinessComputing.com recently had a look at a few of the more interesting business-technology trends for 2014. It’s worth exploring these to learn how you can boost your company’s productivity levels this year.

The cloud matters

One sure bet? According to SmallBusinessComputing, the time is right for small businesses to invest in cloud computing. Using the cloud, businesses can store their software, programs and data externally as opposed to on their computers’ hard drives. This can make businesses more efficient; they won’t need to panic every time their network crashes.

Big data

As SmallBusinessComputing.com writes, large companies have long relied on big data to better understand their consumers. Small businesses, though, can take advantage of big data analysis, also, according to SmallBusinessComputing.com. As the website states, a growing number of small business owners in 2014 will start analyzing large data sets to offer better service to their customers. If you would like your business to thrive this year, you have to do a better job of analyzing your customers’ spending habits.

No more desktops?

Small business owners have to save as much money as they can. One way? It’s time to get rid of the desktop computer. Most employees these days can do their job on smaller mobile devices or laptops. There’s no reason for small businesses to place a desktop computer on the desk of each and every employee. SmallBusinessComputing.com anticipates that more businesses will adopt this strategy in 2014.