A recent article in the New York Times reported that in the current economy, businesses are spending capital rather than hiring additional employees. As reported in the article, the Commerce Department noted that
“The equipment and software category alone grew at an annual rate of 21.9 percent, the fastest pace in 12 years.”
When we look at the stats and trends, we see businesses moving forward with project that have been put on hold. And, we question whether or not this is a wise move. Is moving forward with a project that’s been on hold for 12 to 24 months still the best way to go? In many cases, the answer is “No!”.
Many businesses are facing upgrades to core systems and infrastructure — desktop operating systems, office productivity tools, email servers — and are looking to finally move forward implementing collaboration systems. Much of this demand is driven by aging hardware and software that is reaching end of life and vendor support.
Before moving forward with existing plans, businesses would do well to reassess their planned directions. The past 24 months has seen a dramatic improvement and expansion of cloud-based services. During that time, for example, Google has added over 200 major features to the Google Apps Premier Edition suite of services. And, the rate of innovation and adoption for cloud computing solutions continues to accelerate.
If businesses do not take a fresh look, they stand to miss the improved integration between Google Apps and Windows desktops — Outlook and MS Office; support for enterprise features such as delegation of email and calendars and mobile device management tools; and improve security and management tools.
In short, what was leading edge is quickly moving mainstream. Reactivating projects without reassessing options means potentially missing better solutions and lowering costs. And, wouldn’t most businesses rather spend money on people and projects with greater returns than on their infrastructure and email?
If your business would benefit from a free email and collaboration assessment, please let us know.