A recent article at ZDNet examined three key elements needed for a successful startup company. They are problems, users and teams. Sounds relatively straightforward.
There has to be a problem or a need that is not being filled – one that a new startup can address. There also have to be users – people who actually want your product or service and will embrace your company. Finally, you have to have the right team of people in place to recognize the first two elements and build a successful strategy around them.
Now, let's take this approach, modify it slightly and apply it to IT strategies. First, there's the problem. Companies need to perform critical daily operations in a secure environment in order to provide their customers with a worthwhile product or service. To do this, they need robust network solutions capable of handling a range of functions.
In the small and midsize business (SMB) world, users are an organization's employees. Each team member should be able to complete their daily tasks without feeling like IT protocols are roadblocks making their days longer and more difficult. Technology solutions are meant to improve productivity and efficiency. They should not impede progress or encourage employees to look for ways to bypass security measures in order to complete tasks with greater ease.
The third and final key outlined by Michael Lee, author of the ZDNet article, is the team. The core team has to think outside the box and come up with ways for their colleagues to be able to deliver quality products to their customers. But, they also are responsible for designing and maintaining the security of all IT assets.
Each of these ingredients are essential, regardless of a company's size. In many cases, SMBs turn to managed IT support when they lack the internal resources to meet such needs. Either way, it is no coincidence that the keys to a successful startup are also the keys to a successful IT strategy.