Your SMB IT New Years Resolutions
December 31, 2008
All economic forecasts for 2009 look, well, challenging.
Remember that tough times don’t last, tough people (and businesses) do.
So add these to your New Years resolutions, and have a very Happy New Year!
* Measure IT, And Manage IT
Treat your investments in IT the same as you would treat an investment in new facilities, new production lines, or new warehousing.
You won’t spend money on those and just hope they generate a return.
So resolve to look at IT expenses the same way.
* Start The Conversation
Many SMB’s are unsatisfied with their current IT services. They may be an in house team, or external service provider. (or maybe even your sister’s friends oldest son)
I know that you meet regularly with your senior financial and operations staff to ensure that the trains are running on time and to plan.
And in many SMB’s the largest expense you may have is tech. So why are you not having those conversations with your IT team or provider?
* Your Web Site, You Need It
The majority of smalls businesses research on the web before purchasing. Yet paradoxically, many SMB’s don’t have their own web sites.
See a problem here?
So resolve to get a web site up and running.
Three small things that will help you start understanding where your tech dollars are going. None of them is difficult, they just need the same discipline you have already put into other parts of your business.
So get started to a happy and prosperous New Year!
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