Believe it or not, running a small company can sometimes be more challenging than running a large one.
Whereas in the case of a large company there are well-defined rules and procedures to follow, smaller companies are sometimes run in a completely different manner: decisions are taken on the fly, corners are cut, and priorities can be erroneous.
A very good example of incorrectly set priority in a small company is IT management – it’s not uncommon for small business owners to improperly manage the IT department in their company or completely fail to understand its importance, which can have catastrophic effects on the company on the long run.
Here’s why managing IT comes last on the to-do list for many small companies, and what you can do to avoid falling into the same trap.
Who Needs IT Management Anyway?
This is a very common question that small business owners ask themselves, and it makes perfect sense up to a point. Most small companies start in a small room or a garage, with a bunch of people coming together with high ambitions and little know-how, but a strong will to succeed. They get the absolute basics they need to start moving and try to figure out everything else along the way. This approach is not a bad one, as it’s exactly how a lot of today’s successful companies came to life; however, times have changed, and IT now plays a very important role in every company, so failing to understand that can have serious consequences.
What makes IT management seem unimportant is the fact that, right at the start, it may just be unimportant. A few computers, a few laptops, a server and a printer and your business is ready to take off from the ground, with everyone doing their best to adapt to each other’s work style. The problem arises when the company starts growing and more people join the party, as the once simple IT network starts to expand and incorporate new devices, all of which will need to work correctly with one another. This is when IT management starts becoming important, and the lack of it starts showing.
The Cloud – A Blessing and a Curse
The go-to solution most business owners resort to when things start getting hot in the IT sector is opting to move as much stuff to the cloud as possible, which is not a bad idea, given the fact that the cloud can prove to be a good substitute for software, infrastructure, and entire platforms. However, simply moving to a place that brings a certain level of order doesn’t fix the actual problem, but rather deals with its effects. Even when using a service so simple and flexibile as the cloud, certain procedures need to be defined in order to achieve maximum efficiency and allow the company to scale up when the time comes.
The paradox is that the cloud, the solution to the problem of improper or missing IT management is also the reason why things are that way –business owners still fail to understand the importance of IT management, and rely on the fact that they’ve been able to dodge the bullet over and over again, so they’re confident they will be able to do so moving forward as well.
When unprepared, it can take one single IT-related mishap to send a company spiraling to the ground in no time. Be it system failure, a database loss or unauthorized access from the outside – any of these can have disastrous effects if a company has no well-defined procedures on handling such issues. The sad part is that a lot of businesses learn this the hard way, and by the time these events take place, it’s probably too late for the company to recover.
Staying on the Safe Side
The solution for avoiding all the hassle is very simple – proper IT management. Having dedicated staff for the IT department might not make much sense from a financial standpoint at first, but those people can help your company grow in a healthy way. After all, IT is the backbone of pretty much every business nowadays, so it only makes sense that you pay some attention to it and not make the rookie mistake of neglecting it. Future you will thank you for it.
By Paul Trevino and Conosco.com!
Originally posted 2016-03-22 16:22:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter