Originally published by James on LinkedIn.
The 90s is when IT really took off – those heady days of figuring out how to run your business using new ‘innovative’ tools. Tools that came in fairly limited and expensive forms like buying servers, dropping the fax machine and replacing it with email and shifting your books to one of a small handful of accounting programs that have dominated the past 20 years. Many businesses were able to grow in the 90s and early 2000s because the barriers to communication were broken down.
But while some of those tools still hold some value, many are now just a nuisance and place limits on your growth – you only need to take a look at the endless stream of FYIs, Reminders and “got time for coffee?” meeting requests sitting in your inbox to know that the old 90s way of doing business is not sustainable.
IT has changed and your business needs to change or be left in the past. Email is a good example – while you and your staff face an onslaught of email each day, new modern businesses and startups – some being your competitors – use Slack or Yammer to create logical channels for communication because it’s more intuitive. While your documents sit on a server in a room designed in the 90s for 90s style businesses, others have already shifted it to cloud like Google, Office 365 or Dropbox, freeing themselves not only of traditional computer systems but more importantly enable work from anywhere. Continue reading Stop doing business in the 90sLeave a Comment