What you see is not always what you get. Yesterday I was onboarding a new client. They have one of the nicest offices I have seen. Everything is new. Everything looks clean. New chairs, new desks, glass walls, etc. It’s gorgeous. Their computer room also looked good at first glance. But just underneath their shiny new exterior… Is a punch list of tech mishaps to work through.
How much thought do you put into the various functions of your business? For example… Let’s say we made a pie chart of the different functions in your business. Sales, marketing, finance, service delivery, operations, tech. What would that pie chart look like for you? As a technologist it’s interesting to see how much time business owners spend on the tech in their business.
They say that information is power. Content, data, documents. One of the messiest things I see when working clients businesses is how they organize their content data and documents. Mostly how they don’t. You know that big giant pile of paper you have on your desk? It’s kind of like that. But worse.
On occasion I get asked… Do I still need a server? With the advance of cloud services more and more businesses have moved to using apps and services on the Internet. Some businesses have distributed workforces. Some businesses allow their staff to use their own personal computing devices. Some businesses work in cohabitational office spaces.
It’s amazing how we make the simple complex. How we take a seemingly simple task and build layer upon layer until complexity has set in. We think we’re doing the right thing. We think we’re being thorough. We think we’re reducing the chance of a mistake being made. But in reality all we’re doing is adding complexity.