Corporate and Small Business Information Technology
Making smart Information Technology choices
is a critical part of today’s strategic business planning.
Making the wrong choices can be expensive and frustrating.
Technology keeps moving – advances in capability, capacity, speed are inevitable – the industry makes old what was new a few months ago, and the decision to upgrade or change systems may not be optional. A business has to lead or keep up with the competition, and software vendors often make their products obsolete in under two years.
Maintaining older technology can and should be done if it is performing satisfactorily, deriving as much return as possible from the investment. When does that maintenance start to cost more than it’s worth? When are the promised benefits of an investment too good to be true?
Consider the following questions:
- How does my business profit from technology investment?
- How much should I spend on technology as part of my annual budget?
- If one system is upgraded or changed will it cause problems with another system?
- Do I have the right technology team for my business?
- Is my technology team getting the most out of what we have?
- Can my business successfully outsource IT?
- What are the hidden costs of these decisions?
- Will a change really improve efficiency, or just rearrange the deck chairs?
- What is my competition doing?
- Why do traditional ROI calculations not make sense for some systems?
The fundamentals are the same whether your business is large or small. What are you doing and why are you doing it? Will a new investment increase profits? Will it make future costs more manageable? Will it just add cost and provide no real value?
What technology will people actually use in your business and why?
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