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IT Budget Preparation

IT Budget Preparation

Aug
30
‘13
budget, consulting, cost, IT

If you’re a regular reader, some of this article may seem familiar.  A lot has changed in IT since 2009 so I decided that the budget article could use a revision.  It turns out that some interpret this as “too lazy to come up with a new idea.”  Think what you will, I think this is important stuff to remember as you assemble data for your 2014 budget.

Before simply cutting and pasting last year’s number into the 2014 budget, here are some simple things that need to be considered:

Set Boundaries to Save Time

Set Boundaries to Save Time

Aug
27
‘13
time management

Have you ever noticed that as technology improves year after year, we don’t seem to be gaining any free time?  A robot can now vacuum my living room.  My iPhone can adjust the thermostat when I’m still miles from home.  Why am I not playing more golf?!

Technology allows me to do more stuff, but I’m just as busy as I’ve ever been.  Where’s the pay-off?

Celebrating 14 Years

Jul
29
‘13
Promethius

Last month Promethius turned 14!

In the summer of 1999, Denver Abernathy founded Promethius Consulting, LLC and worked out of his home office in his spare time (he was also the director of information services at Indiana Health Care Association). In early 2000 he brought in partner Tony Valle and Promethius became their full time business. Many years and three office moves later, Promethius continues to grow and evolve.

Small Business IT Trends

Small Business IT Trends

Jul
29
‘13
technology, consulting, IT, business

When helping our clients prepare their IT budgets for the coming year, I often hear a familiar question, “What are other small companies doing with their IT?”  Our customers often don’t have a lot in common with one another in terms of core function, but they all do share in a need for more and more IT with flat or, sometimes, shrinking IT budgets.  I do my best to follow the national trends and I find that they are pretty similar to the trends we see with our client base with a few exceptions.

Enough with the Attitude!

Jul
23
‘13
people

I’ve been in IT for about twenty years now, and I keep running into the same “computer guy.”  Sometimes he’s short and “husky,” sometimes tall and slender, sometimes wears coke-bottle glasses, sometimes not. Sometimes he’s aging, and sometimes fresh out of college, but above all, he’s ALWAYS smarter than you and ALWAYS tickled about it.  Oh, you’ve met him?

What’s with the computer guys and the power trips?!  This common “holier than thou” attitude amongst many IT professionals is one of the few things I detest about this business.  Yes, I detest it.  Don’t you?

The Never-Ending IT Project

The Never-Ending IT Project

Jun
25
‘13
consulting, cost, IT

We’ve all been a part of this project at some time in our careers.  Either because of unrealistic client expectations or poor project management, the project just spins and spins for months or years past the projected “go-live” date.  Ultimately, everyone loses on this project.  The client loses because of cost overruns and lost productivity and the consultant suffers a loss of reputation and usually a lot of cash as well.  Both client and consultant spend untold hours stressing about the Never-Ending Project (NEP).  There are ways to manage yourself out of this situation, but recognition t

Common Pitfalls Adding Images to Websites

Common Pitfalls Adding Images to Websites

May
30
‘13
web, marketing

With Content Management System software becoming mainstream, the responsibility of website editing is shifting to the non-experts. Once a website is launched, keeping the content updated is often done in-house, without the need to contact the web designer, programmer or consultant.   While the staff (marketing department, office manager, etc.) most likely has been trained on how to use the CMS tools, there’s more to think about than the technical aspects of the system. One area that needs consideration is the use of images.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

May
29
‘13
hardware, consulting, IT, security

Even companies with the tightest security standards are beginning to yield to the pressure of the new BYOD trend.  Many are seeing it as inevitable and are now rushing to get policies in place to protect their proprietary data.  Most small businesses are already allowing BYOD whether they’re familiar with the term or not.

Dropbox – A Synching Ship?

Dropbox – A Synching Ship?

Apr
29
‘13
internet, cloud, security

Dropbox is a free service that more than 100 million of us worldwide have used at least once.  It’s a quick and handy tool for sharing files with friends and colleagues.  The real beauty of Dropbox, however, is that it is free if you don’t require more than 2 GB of storage.  So that’s the good news.

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