I was in to see a fascinating company this past week. They have tripled in size in 18 months and plan to double again in the coming year. They started as 300 staff and they are quickly heading to 2,000. They had one location and before long they will have offices in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. money and big new contracts are pouring in and life is good, right?
Well, no actually. Their CEO and COO and Heads of HR, sales and support say, "our IT sucks" and it's holding us back. Ah, I say, in your case IT stands for 'In Trouble' wen it should stand for 'Innovative Transformation.' I've seen this many times before. In-house IT toils away using last century tools and solutions when the answers are obvious and available.
Need to deliver secure connectivity, email, shared work spaces? Last century they answer was Exchange and Sharepoint and an in-house data center. This century's answer is Googls Docs and Gmail. Trying to deliver front line CRM or back office HR and Financials across a massively growing firm? Last century the answer was Seibel and Oracle or Peoplesoft. Now the answer could be Salesforce and Workday. More function, longer reach all at less cost and risk. All available now.
The next revolution is not coming. The next revolution is here. Are you getting the best out of your IT?