Not another sports analogy. Teams. Roles. Both important things when you’re trying to grow your business. Every team needs a coach. I was talking with a friend the other day about teams. He loves the concept of autonomous teams. Teams where everyone is pumping at full steam. But what happens when teams struggle? What happens if your team loses a few games? What happens when your team is in a slump?
I miss the.com days. Not always. But sometimes. I miss traveling between LA and New York. I miss travelling to other states, and to other countries. I miss the excitement of when we closed another round of financing. I miss sitting around and planning new products. I miss running around LA at 3 AM moving network equipment between data centers.
Recently we’ve installed more than a few cloud phone systems. As I work with clients one of the areas where I regularly find a cost savings opportunity is with their phone system and phone service. Here in the South Florida area there’s a lot of old school phone systems. It’s true that most business rarely upgrade their phone system. It’s not uncommon to see a phone system that’s 10 years old in a client's environment.
Putting your company data in the cloud using services like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive/Sharepoint opens the door to new possibilities. The amount of visibility and control over storing your companies data on a traditional server in the office is awesome. And it’s built-in to these cloud storage platforms. It does take some effort to get things set up. But the benefits are huge.
Ask any tech guy out there what antivirus software they like and be ready for a dissertation ad nauseum. If you attend any tech conference at some point someone will ask you the age old question… What antivirus software do you use? For most techs what antivirus software they recommend is akin to religion. They’ll fight tooth and nail to prove that they’re right. Why?
Some structure is better than no structure. Baby steps. When you meet a representative from any Managed Service Provider they’ll tell you about all the great stuff their company does. How they manage your IT. How they’re your technology partner. Yadda, yadda, yadda. But sometimes, just having the basics is all your business needs. At the most basic level all your business really needs is a managed tech framework.