The three illusions executives have about internal IT versus outsourcing

The first step to improve your business productivity is to understand the three illusions executives have about internal IT versus outsourcing.  These illusions are reinforced by unsophisticated technology providers, vendors what want you to use their (on-premise) products, and internal IT's need to stay employed.

Netflix outsources their IT, what is your excuse?

Netflix has changed the way we consume video content, and grown into a streaming giant.  A key to their success was knowing what parts of the business to outsource, and which ones to keep in house.  Starting in 2008 they shifted their infrastructure over to a partner, and unplugged their last corporate datacenter in 2016.  The biggest benefit is their increased agility due to having the "operational load" of running ALL their technology shifted to an outside partner.

Know before you grow, have a Strategic Technology Roadmap!

Congratulations, you are part of a growing business that is about to make an acquisition!  All the financials are thoroughly reviewed, corporate culture is synergistic, and everyone is excited.  Did anyone do a technology capacity and alignment review?  Nah, we will let the "IT folks" figure that out later, no big deal….except that it is.

Does your business strategy take technology consolidation into account?

Large technology companies are masters of consolidation, think Microsoft, Salesforce, Apple.  They watch new technologies emerge from other groups, and then either buy or replicate that functionality.  Over time all the various DIFFERENT technologies you needed to accomplish a goal now show up under a single integrated application from a single vendor.

Three ways you should STOP using email

Email is the defacto communication standard in business today.  This is interesting considering the first email sent was in 1971, and the fax machine has come and gone since that time.  Email continues to be useful in the business environment, BUT it time to consider alternatives for many scenarios.

How to avoid technical debt

Debt refers to the state of owing something, usually money, to another party in the future.  Technical debt is when you "borrow" from your company's FUTURE PRODUCTIVITY by not making the proper investments TODAY.  The justification is usually based on not having the actual financial capacity to invest in your business technology.

Goldilocks and the right level of technology involvement

Delegating is a key driver for growth and scalability in your business.  You can't do it all!  Delegation does not remove responsibility though, so you still need some level of understanding.  Many executives and business owners struggle with the right "level" of understanding in technology.

Top reasons for technology business reviews

Small- and medium-sized businesses don’t have the time to maintain IT infrastructure, let alone assess whether it’s still driving value for the company. However, if you want to ensure everything runs smoothly, it’s important to be proactive and conduct technology business reviews when you can. What is a technology business review? A technology business review […]