We often hear terms like sustainable technology and assume that this concept only applies to large and established businesses but this is not true. As per the definition of Gartner, sustainable technology refers to a framework of sustainable technological solutions that positively impact the environment, social, and governance (ESG) goals.
However, that is not all. Sustainable technology is supposed to help your business become more profitable in the long run and improve its reputation. With sustainable technology, you invest for the long term and ensure that the results are also sustainable over time. And only some things related to sustainable technology have to be expensive or investment-heavy. There are many reasons that startups should invest in digital technology and other forms of technology.
Why invest in sustainable technology?
We all know sustainable energy technology and assessments have become part of the business environment to meet certain norms. But adopting sustainable technology also offers business benefits (apart from the environmental ones) that make it imperative for startups to invest in sustainable technology.
One of the ways startups can adopt sustainable technology is by opting for cloud computing. This has several benefits, including enhanced security, access to expert services, and improved scalability and flexibility. As a smaller business, you will also see that your costs are reduced, productivity goes up, and team coordination improves.
Online communication modes
As a small business, it is vital that all your employees are able to contact each other without delay. Online communication modes, used internally and externally not only ensure immediate contact but also bring down the use of paper. For instance, if you are able to send and receive invoices online, the process becomes sustainable with a lesser focus on paper records and better productivity from your teams.
Moving to e-commerce
Today most customers prefer to browse online rather than walk to a store to make their purchases. As a startup with limited resources, one of the ways you can adopt sustainable technology is by moving your sales engine online. Today e-commerce solutions are easy to set up and will help your company save on costs like a store, salespeople at the store, and other overheads.
Internet of things is a concept that can be applied to many aspects of your business, right from maintaining quality standards in manufacturing, to improving reaction time for any repairs or services. You can apply IoT in your overall business operations and reduce costs, save on resources, and improve overall quality.
Apart from the above-mentioned aspects, you can also
- Lower the carbon footprint of your business by reducing the commute to work
- Use data and analytics to predict outcomes and take corrective action
- Utilize online payments to reduce the use of paper checks
- Encourage the use of recyclable packing materials
At EnKash, we have been contributing toward sustainable technology solutions with our comprehensive spend management platform. As Asia’s 1st and smartest spend management platform, EnKash enables you to amplify revenues, simplify spend management, and fast-track savings at all levels.