By Kevin J. Goodman and Roger Mitan
More so than ever before, in a web- and data-centric world, a company must enhance and improve its technology tools as it does any business strategy and tactic. Here are a few of the many variables to include in your search and review:
What is the right size and type of technology for your company? The answer to this dilemma is not simple, but it consists of right-sizing your infrastructure for your business today and for your growth tomorrow. Many vendors will tell you that right-sizing means buying the latest and greatest when this is most often not in your best interest. Building the correct infrastructure is actually as much of a business process as it is a technology choice.
According to Roger Mitan, the director of engineering at BlueBridge Networks, “Through my years of IT experience, I have found many companies often fall on the lower or higher ends of the technology spectrum. This ranges from the small business that tries to run everything virtualized on one server to the medium-sized business that spends themselves out of profits by buying the latest blade center or hyper-converged solution of which they only use a fraction of the purchased horsepower. I have found that it is best to fall somewhere in the middle, utilizing a solution which can handily tackle your technology needs today and in your projected future, while also having the ability to easily scale up should your projections turn out to be on the low side.”
Making this choice isn’t something you have to do alone and it shouldn’t be a battle of your budget against your vendor’s profits. This is where the role of a trusted advisor comes into play. It is important to understand and how to utilize such a vendor or practitioner when you have built this scenario and relationship.
Here is how to understand and utilize a trusted advisor in the information technology arena:
Don’t let business infrastructure technology choices be a shot in the dark or a budget breaker. Team up with a trusted advisor to analyze your real needs and right-size your infrastructure to line up with your business today and tomorrow.
Kevin Goodman is the managing director, partner with BlueBridge Networks, a downtown Cleveland-headquartered data center business. Roger Mitan is the firm’s director of engineering. They can be reached at (216) 621-2583 firstname.lastname@example.org, kevinjgoodman.com, and bluebridgenetworks.com.