There are two significant issues that impact the adoption of new technologies in rural business.
The first is the lack of help and expertise explain how to use existing and new technologies.
For example, we use Slack, Nozbe and Evernote for non-client projects.
We've had to discover how to use them efficiently using trial and improvement, which is inefficient to say the least.
The second issue is the broadband speed that is available in rural communities. It is improving (slowly) but it is a barrier to the adoption of new technology.
Cloud computing is all very well but when your broadband speed is only slightly faster that dial-up a cloud solution can be painful.
A lack of digital skills and access to training is preventing business owners in rural parts of Britain from fully embracing the digital economy, a new study has found. As many as four in five rural business owners view digital tools and services as crucial to the future growth of their ventures. However, a lack of skills and training in remote areas means these owners still face barriers when it comes to digital “adoption”.