Solutions Through IT

March 27, 2009

LINK: The Top 12 Technology Mistakes Small Business Make and How to Avoid Them

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 16:18

Found this link today (by Brian Roach), and its very informative.  Basically, it goes through and puts light reasoning and justification for what the IT guys have been saying for some time. 

The topics:

  1. Backups – yeah, we’ve got that. (Mistake #1: Using non-functional backup software)
  2. But I can get that <widget> for heaps cheaper. (Mistake #2: Using mass-market equipment to run business-class tasks)
  3. But the server’s fine, and it still runs! (Mistake #3: Overextending the technology lifecycle)
  4. It ain’t broke, don’t fix it! (Mistake #4: Having a "set it and forget it" mentality)
  5. Get me the latest version of <package>.  Hey – why’s it running so slow? (Mistake #5: Buying new software while skipping hardware upgrades)
  6. You don’t get what you pay for with IT – everythings a rip-off! (Mistake #6: Going cheap, regardless of the consequences)
  7. The users will figure it out. (Mistake #7: Forgoing user training)
  8. Just DO IT. (Mistake #8: Working without a plan)
  9. Who’d want to hack us? (Mistake #9: Skimping on security)
  10. My nephew’s really good at this computer stuff – and he’ll work for peanuts! (Mistake # 10: Using under-qualified people for IT support)
  11. We won’t get audited (and they find us under licensed). (Mistake #11: Not knowing what you have?)
  12. We won’t get audited (and they find us without licenses!) (Mistake #12: Using pirated software)

The last two are pretty much the same (and it could be said that they do need two focuses – not using pirated software as well as ensuring you have the correct licensing agreements).

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