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A majority of the world processes an almost innumerable number of emails on a daily basis. If you’re like us, you separate out the messages into three groups: the very important ones that require a reply or acknowledgment in short order; the somewhat important that requires attention before your head hits the pillow for the night; and finally the ones you only read when you have nothing left or want a brain-break.
Walking around in Manhattan has become incredibly dangerous. No, I don’t mean that violent crime is up or that traffic has become any worse than it was before. Nope, it’s a much more insidious situation and it’s the crisis of the “technology zombie.”
Can’t speak for other cities, because I know of no major metropolis where people walk as much as NYC, but it almost seems like everywhere you look all you see is the top of everybody’s head.
We’re feeling these little PSA missives, so launching another one.
Posting this while attending the 4th Annual Washing & Lee Entrepreneurship Summit. This is part of W&L’s growing entrepreneurship undergraduate program, and it’s been amazing to see the program’s growth in just five years. Demonstrates that going your own way may be the new norm in another generation or so.
Changing gears a bit from the usual Syzygy 3 Blog entry. Consider this more of a Public Service Announcement than a blog. Like any PSA, it’s your choice as to whether you heed the message or not, though we suggest you at least take the info below to heart.
Here we go. Technology is fallible. We know, it’s a stunning admission. Many of you may be on a verge of fainting from shock. For those of you still conscious, read on.
For better or worse, most technology users will replace their various devices every few years. There are a myriad of reasons: always want the latest and greatest; being forced to update by vendor; or even a complete functional breakdown of the device. Regardless of the reason, users should plan for these purchases accordingly, with in-depth research and possibly a consultation with knowledgeable IT professionals. (Hello Syzygy 3.)
But what many users and companies don’t ask is what’s to be done with the old technology?
It’s surprising to us given the current climate surrounding data security that more small businesses don’t take it seriously enough. So many businesses – and their users – rely on lax protocols to guard their most sensitive information. Yes, we’ve written about password protection and cloud-based back up services, but data security is much more than that.
The building out of new office space should be an incredibly exciting moment for your company. Whether you’ve outgrown a current space or you’re opening up another location, this type of project represents a great transitional event for your firm.
But while in the midst of a build out, any sense of joy or accomplishment is wiped out by the sheer load of to-do items associated with such a project. Every aspect is overwhelming, with IT being especially onerous given its importance to your business and foreign-ness (to most people).
Let’s say you’re in the business of selling widgets. Your widget company relies on marketing a great product, offering affordable prices, and providing unbeatable customer support. These are all things your customer sees up front, in your store and on your website. These are what keep them coming back for more widgets!
It almost – almost – goes without saying that technology moves at a rapid pace. To paraphrase an old aphorism, the device/machine you buy at the store today is obsolete by the time you get it home.
But is the latest and greatest always the best way to go, especially for your business? It’s easy to think that if you aren’t downloading or updating with each new release of a technology that you’re becoming obsolete. But that’s simply not the case.