The first of AxisPortals’ technology oriented resolutions for the New Year is a very early Valentine for the Small to Medium Business.
Resolution One: SMB’s understand that technology plays an increasingly central role in the success of their business, but too often aren’t sure exactly which resources they need. This can lead to both technological and economic vulnerability. If you want to avoid becoming the proud new owner of an enormous (and enormously expensive) new dedicated server whose power your company requires only the tiniest fraction of, then embrace and celebrate your SMB-ness. This entails recognizing that the best technology solution for you should both meet your current needs and have the capacity to grow and evolve along with your business. Conversely, this also entails recognizing that you should not purchase resources that you do not need, that you are not likely to need in the foreseeable future, and that will only confuse and complicate your work processes and procedures. You’ve lovingly built your company. You work hard to service your clients, support your employees, and turn a healthy profit. Don’t let IT vulnerability compromise your success. When you are looking for IT services of any sort–website design, website hosting, email management, document sharing, database deployment, etc.–be sure to gather many quotes and proposals. Compare these carefully. Don’t forget to ask plenty of questions, and to request examples and hands-on demos whenever possible. Be sure to include maintenance and support costs in your projected expenditures. Seek out input from from your partners and employees so that your technology needs are clear, and draw upon the wisdom of colleagues who are particularly knowledgeable and experienced in this sphere. Most importantly, keep in mind that excellent and affordable technological resources are available for the SMB.
AxisPortals Aphorism: Embrace Your SMB-ness