My inspiration for this blog comes from speaking with a contact of mine who is working with the finance area of a medium-sized services company in London. What he told me provides an enlightening view on the craziness that one can so easily find in smaller enterprises when it comes to managing IT solutions.
The company is fairly sizeable with over a hundred people and so has its own financial management software and runs its own email. Like many companies of a similar size, it has, for all sorts of reasons, its own IT hardware sitting in a small rack in a separate area of their office. Ask a few simple questions, and it becomes pretty clear that here is a disaster waiting to happen!