It’s already time to start thinking about: Next Year’s Budget Organizing Case Studies Finding Quick Wins Starting the Preparation to Secure Funding for the Next Fiscal Year Pairing Funding with the Company's Vision, strategy, direction and goals. As a business leader, I’ve always found it to be a challenge to couple our business goals and objectives with technology. For instance, human resources wants this service, operations wants a different widget and as you have probably surmised, finance desires something totally different. At this...Read More
What You Should Know About Backup Strategies I think everyone today performs some level of backup whether it’s with the use of the native xcopy, robocopy to a local disk or external drive, or something more sophisticated such as an offsite Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR)/replication site. Either way, having a good back is only a great start and does not complete the intended process. As a business owner and/or operations manager, you must know and ask about the following. What about the ability to recover that backup? This is where most companies fail as no recovery...Read More
In today’s digital world, technology is very important, but it’s not the end-all, be-all for your business. Do you think this is an obscure comment from a business technology provider? It is not and if your current technology provider is not echoing this concept, then you are with the wrong provider. The concept is business whereas the solutions, are technology. What does technology do for your business? It should automate individual tasks that are performed manually through single or multiple individual tasks. Obviously, those tasks...Read More
As an IT professional, I’m routinely asked, “Should I upgrade my software?” Not including the need to upgrade due to hardware or operating systems requirements, I always respond, “What does the new software version or platform do for you that you can’t do now?” “Will the new features bring value to the business?” “Will this upgrade save you operational time?” “Does it fit into your business, strategy, direction and goals?” Businesses with solid strategy know the...Read More
How Long Can Your Business Technology be Non-operational Before Having a Detrimental Impact to Business?
Several years ago I attended a course at MIT with some of the brightest technology strategists in the business and some of the biggest financial institutions of the world. We were asked, “How long can your business be non-operational before it has a detrimental impact to the business?” Without hesitation, the attendees (including myself) shouted out “Maybe a day, maybe.” The task force of professors spent the next two hours talking about business technology, what its value is and isn’t for businesses among many other things. All the...Read More