When looking for new tech for your business you’re bound to stumble across the phrase ‘future proof’, but what does this mean?
With regard to technology, future-proofing refers to the implementation of tools that evolve rather than those that become outdated and need replacing. The idea is to invest in scalable, flexible technology that can grow and expand with your company. Essentially, this means no longer using tech that will expire, grow old, or need upgrading.
Most businesses still use the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) for their office phone system, an outdated system that limits users to a maximum of 30 phone lines. Additionally, having an ISDN requires a line technician, reduces bandwidth capacity for your premises, and on top of that, BT is terminating ISDN lines in 2025. With ISDN you would be setting up limits before even starting your installation and investing in a technology that will be obsolete in lee than ten years.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is cloud-hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You can start with single-user VoIP and later expand your package to an unlimited number of users on a multi-user VoIP subscription. Cloud-hosted VoIP is simple, offering businesses more control over their phone system while cutting costs. Cloud-based VoIP ensures that you are not reliant on hardware, as softphone apps allow you to use your mobile in place of a desk phone.
Cloud based Telephony is therefore future-proof because no matter how your business changes, where you need to work, or what size the business becomes, it can be altered to fit your needs.
Future-proof technology tends to be cloud or internet based. This is because, it allows for easy updates, patches and maintenance. Internet-based software allows for a fluidity that cannot be achieved with office-based software allowing it to be safe from stagnation.
When we talk about future-proof technology we are referring to technology that that will not become outdated because of its flexible, updatable nature and its adaptable online grounding. Utilising software that’s based in the cloud is, therefore, an investment in your company’s future, as the software can grow, improve and be modified to fill future requirements.