Is a Conservative Computing Strategy Hurting Your Company?
Conservative is usually a good thing. Being fiscally conservative is being careful about spending your organization’s money, for instance, is very prudent. However in the case of technology, there are a few pitfalls. That is because technology is moving at a rapid pace, and if you are not innovating then some of your competitors are. Certain attitudes with regards to technology and the stewardship of computing facilities or data within your firm can stagnate growth, increase costs and hurt regulatory compliance. Some of these attitudes speak to stakeholders’ willingness to adopt new technologies, and others reflect on their ability to understand and accept new techniques.
Examples of Conservative Computing Strategy over the Last 20 Years
Some of the classic examples below have been re-written to protect the innocent (and the conservative computing guilty)
“There’s no way we can adopt the client-server model, it can’t possibly be as reliable as our mainframe.”
The client-server model then proceeded to take over the corporate world one enterprise at a time, providing lower costs, better computing, and better return on investment. Companies that delayed this adoption faced years of antiquated systems and a more expensive upgrade path after neglecting the issue for years.
“No, we can’t move to VoIP: the technology is still in testing and not yet in production, besides our Switch and PBX have been working for a decade without a glitch.”
Enterprises that resisted this technology innovation, and many still do, not only face the challenges of playing catch-up later but are also paying more now to their telephone service provider.
“Virtualization is not yet a tried and true technology, and will hurt performance. If you want great performance, you have to stick to hardware for the Desktop.”
Companies can use a single server to stand in for the hardware of multiple desktops saving on hardware costs and power. Their IT staff can deal with infected or corrupted desktop versions of Windows by regressing to an earlier date in about a minute, or by creating a brand-new virtual machine and rolling it out.
“We need storage performance and dependability: the only solution we can use is a SAN and it has to be from CISCO.”
Companies have many solutions for storage, including SharePoint on Office 365 and the Amazon Elastic Cloud. Instead of paying many thousands of dollars for expensive hardware which will soon be obsolete and headed for the recycle bin, they can use cloud storage in its’ many forms to take care of storage costs on a pay-as-you-go basis. Expenditures are limited to storage and bandwidth actually used. Backup is taken care of by the cloud provider and is actually included in the cost.
The Cloud is Here to Stay
The reason that the Cloud is here to stay, unlike other technology innovations, is that it is not a specific technology or group of technologies that can become outmoded. The cloud, is wholesale outsourced computing. The cloud model is a way of using collective purchasing power. Surely your organization may have some buying power for computers and software and the electricity to run it. But Microsoft and Amazon have more buying power. They have the resources to purchase hardware, software, and personnel at a rate which allows them the resources they need to sell you computing power and storage far cheaper than your organization can ever do. As the technology changes, the providers of the cloud services will upgrade: you don’t have to. Many executives balk at paying a subscription cost, but they need to understand that their cloud subscription will mean less hardware to buy, less software, less electricity, and less IT staff. Other innovations are here one year and gone the next, but since the Cloud is not a technology but a basis for other technologies, that can be upgraded, the Cloud will not become obsolete, any more than the Keyboard and Monitor will.
When it comes time to make a cloud decision, it pays to consult experienced professionals. The professionals at the Web and I are ready to assist you in any way we can with a free consultation. A call and a conversation is all you need to get a grasp of what your options are, what potential costs could be, and what is involved in transforming your organization’s computing capabilities. Call us today at 646-853-0573.