In Episode 26 of ‘So Say SMEs,’ I covered Small and Medium Business (SMB) with my co-host, Todd Muirhead. The point that I wanted to make was that regardless of how the SMB is classified by a company i.e. size of company or size of company spend, the needs of SMB are similar to departments in large enterprise, public, and Global 500. For instance, to enable availability, backup and disaster recovery, the SMB still needs the similar features that larger entities would require. The base feature sets to be implemented and integrated into data centers are essentially the same, whether you are SMB or not. Keeping this in mind, the focus should not be on the classification of SMB but rather on the features that enable the SMB to efficiently run their business and grow their business. Let me know what you think.
I’ve talked about information overload in Episode 9 of ‘So Say SMEs.’ The gluttony of data can lead to inefficient process, ill-conceived design decisions and poor execution. The gluttony of data can emanate from having too many chefs in the kitchen, trusting and leveraging the wrong data source, or being unable to correctly analyze the data. Therefore, I propose my three S’es for IT success: simplicity, scalability and sustainability.
- Keep IT simple. The process and technology need to be clear, easily understood and standard.
- Scaling for all scenarios. The building blocks must scale up and scale out as necessary to meet all business demands quickly, efficiently and effectively.
- Sustain itself even as technology, people & processes change. The solution needs to incorporate an end-goal architecture that easily manages and integrates change.