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Technology Choices Revisited

Technology – it’s all about choices It was close to nine years ago that I wrote about the fact that there is always a choice to make when it comes to Information Technology. What was true then is still true today and while the choices might not always be to our liking or centered upon …

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Bliss and IT the saga continues. Everything is very serious now.

Potatoes in Teams? Meeting online has many positive qualities and certainly in times of challenges can be very helpful. For our team at Lead IT Consulting we have a new cadence of meeting online twice a week. As a result, we are staying connected, keeping up on what is new plus knowing what is happening. …

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Thinking of IT as a cost center costs you

Remember the old days and the old ways of doing business when only sales contributed to a company’s profitability? When progress meant minimizing costs on everything else required to support sales? And as for IT, once we became convinced we couldn’t function without at least some technology, we accepted living with the costs while keeping them as low …

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Managing change isn’t free but it can save you

Putting a freeze on spending makes saving on expenses a sure thing, right? Don’t bet on it. When it comes to technology, doing nothing can get pricey. Unless you are managing for change—anticipating the future and planning for new and updated software, systems and hardware—you’re on a tear toward a budget-blowing crash.

No time like the present to combine in-house IT with outsourced services

When’s the last time you sent your five-headed IT guy, aka Jack-of-all-trades, to a training class to learn about the latest technology? How sweaty and queasy do you feel when poor Jack has the flu and should really go home? And what about vacations? When Jack, so deserving of a break, finally takes one, do you sleep at …

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Everything’s changed—and that should go for your IT infrastructure

I’m willing to bet no one reading this blog is so focused on the future they’ve forgotten how tough the economy has been on business in the not-so-distant past. Four years ago a lot of previously healthy companies began downsizing in terms of people and production when it was the last thing they wanted to …

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When technology creates a risky business

I don’t have to tell you why one person shouldn’t be solely responsible for processing the mail, handling the bookkeeping, signing checks and making deposits. Everyone knows the business risks inherent in solo access to critical information. However responsibilities are divided, we also rely on a documented system of checks and balances to maintain security …

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When average is no longer good enough

What’s the bestselling car in the world? The Toyota Corolla—39 million sold through April 2012, according to Toyota Motor Corporation. And it was the first car ever to achieve $30 million in sales. What’s so special about this less than spectacular, non-luxury, at best average ride? I have to believe its combination of value and …

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