- Posted by Bryan Buesking
- On August 22, 2017
We often take for granted the software, hardware, Wi-Fi and networks that are the essential drivers for almost every aspect of our business—communications, accounting, HR, operations, customer service, marketing, and sales. That is why we tend to overlook the critical role that technology plays, whenever we make additions or changes to our business. But beware—that omission can be costly!
In a growing business, change is inevitable. But in our change process, technology is too often an afterthought. Instead, we would do well to start every change plan by identifying the technical interfaces. From employee reassignments to rearranging office space to changing email services—almost everything is tied to technology.
For example, adding a new hire is not necessarily a simple task. An experienced IT professional will have an extensive checklist that might include establishing special access and permissions across the network, ordering or reassigning equipment, setting up user and email accounts, and acquiring access to specific software applications. To establish an efficient routine, business owners will want to plan ahead and schedule the IT team to be a part of their new hire onboarding process.
It might also help to keep in mind that the technology we enjoy in our homes is a fraction of the complexity and sophistication of our business infrastructure. If we execute on our staffing, purchasing or organizational decisions without enlisting technical expertise sooner rather than later, we risk major complications including delays and unexpected additional costs.
Today, successful companies understand the importance of managing changes by making it a priority to incorporate technology expertise in the process. So, next time you are implementing changes, large or small, in your business, remember to get your IT professional, or one of us at Alliance Technologies, involved in the planning—a proven strategy that will save you time and money.