Tag SME

Tag SME

IT Strategy for the SME Sector

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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!

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Get Your IT Objectives Right

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In previous posts we were looking at inertia in larger organisations and how to achieve your IT objectives. Transitioning to the cloud, despite the benefits, is a daunting concept which must be passed through several stages of approval. We have discussed factors including: the big players’ belief that they have already reached economies of scale, their entrenched IT teams obfuscating the business benefits with technology speak and their fear of losing control of service levels – all as contributing to cloud inertia. What about small and medium-sized businesses? Surely they cannot argue the same?

Clearly, most SMEs cannot afford their own data centres; they don’t have thousands of servers nor big IT support teams. So, one would imagine that the resistance from entrenched internal views and job protection or because of substantial prior investment, would not occur.

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