Why Your IT Guy Doesn’t Want You To Go To The Cloud

Seriously thinking about the Cloud and feeling some push back from your IT Resource?

You’ve been thinking about the economies of scale you can get from the Cloud, the redundancy and business continuity you get from having your servers in the Cloud, and the end of purchasing tens of thousands of dollars worth of servers.

You talk to your IT guy about your ideas and get what you feel is a lukewarm response. Why?

Sometimes it is hard to tell if your IT guy is hesitant to talk about the cloud because he doesn’t think it is the right solution or if it is because he thinks it will eliminate his job.

The truth is, moving to the cloud shouldn’t eliminate the services IT is providing. If it is, they are focusing on the WRONG thing for your business.

A good partner or department doesn’t think TACTICALLY, but STRATEGICALLY, knowing that every true win for the company is a win for them.

BUT Cloud is not a fit for every company. And your IT guy could have some really valid reasons why Cloud is not a good idea for your company (at least not yet). The best thing to do if you face this scenario is to ask the right questions.

What To Ask

Ask the following questions to figure out the true motives of your IT support’s hesitation:

  • Why are you reluctant to talk about Cloud Computing?
  • Why don’t you think the Cloud would be a good solution for our company?
  • Are there any processes or functions that could be IMPROVED by Cloud Computing?
  • Are there any processes or functions that could be NEGATIVELY AFFECTED by Cloud Computing?

If they offer you clear answers, you can pretty well bet there is a good reason the Cloud isn’t a fit just yet. If you feel they are vague or dodge the questions, they either aren’t knowledgeable enough about the Cloud or your systems to be able to answer the questions, or they are afraid the Cloud will take their job away.

Need a second opinion (or any knowledgeable opinion) on Cloud Computing? Call us today for a FREE Cloud Readiness Assessment at 724.235.8750.

Do You Keep Your Server In A Closet?
If So, You Need To Read This Important Summertime Warning

Confusion. Dizziness. Fatigue. Muscle cramps.

These are some of the first signs of heat exhaustion in humans.

But did you know that your SERVER can also suffer from heat exhaustion and “meltdown,” causing slowness, blue screens, random reboots and complete meltdowns?

If you keep your server in a closed closet or other small, confined space, here are three things you need to address during hot summer months to avoid premature loss of your equipment and data.

Room Temperature. Server rooms should be kept between 68° and 72° Fahrenheit (20°-22° Celsius). If you keep your server in a closet with a closed door, the heat emitted will quickly elevate the temperature to levels that will damage hardware. Consider opening the door or putting in a good exhaust fan to pull the hot air out.

Ventilation. Good airflow is critical for maintaining a safe room temperature and reducing dust, the next culprit that causes damage to electronics.

Dust. Perhaps more dangerous than room temperature is dust. Dust acts as insulation, and traps the heat generated by your computer components. A regular maintenance routine to keep your components clean and dust-free is essential.

Computer hardware is expensive, and unexpected downtime is incredibly frustrating. If you want to extend the life of your equipment and avoid the sudden meltdown, make sure your server closet is set up correctly.

If you need help, give us a call for a FREE Summer Server Room Check at 724.235.8750. We’ll be glad to do a free evaluation on your server closet or room and let you know if you’re at risk of heat exhaustion and dust damage.

How Great Leaders Inspire Their Employees To Higher Commitment And Performance

It’s probably true that most people who work with us will never care as deeply as we do about building our business. If they did, they’d probably be working for themselves! Yet there’s a great deal we can do to raise the commitment level and inspire them to peak performance. The operative word here is INSPIRE. You can demand that people who work for you be punctual, or that they perform at a certain production level. Yet real commitment can only be INSPIRED. And inspiring people is what great leaders do best.

How do great leaders inspire others to commit themselves to their goals? It’s not just their charismatic personalities, or that they give a lot of high-powered motivational talks. They communicate their vision so forcefully that other people adopt it as their own.

For example, Lee Iaccoca stepped into the ailing Chrysler Corporation and said, “We’re going to turn this company around!” With clear goals, a solid plan of action and a strong conviction, he was able to inspire enough commitment from the US Congress that he secured the largest loan ever made to a private company. Then he inspired enough commitment in thousands of Chrysler workers to enable the company to pay back the loan ahead of schedule.

And that’s the formula for any leader to inspire commitment – clear goals, a solid plan of action and a strong conviction. Communicate that to the people who work with you, and you’ll have the kind of loyalty that makes them go the extra mile – if that’s what it takes to get the job done.

Of course, it takes more than inspiration to run a successful organization. The people who work with you have to perform consistently at very high levels, and to get that kind of performance, you have to gain their trust. They have to believe that you will always be fair in your dealings with them, and that you are concerned about their best interests.

One of the most helpful insights I ever learned about leading others is that people do things for THEIR reasons, not for YOURS or MINE. So the goals, the plan of action and the strong conviction have to be communicated in a way that directly answers the question “What’s in it for me?”

When people honestly believe they will benefit directly from their efforts, and that the more they give, the more they benefit, they perform at peak levels. So it’s crucial that you show people how they will grow as they work individually and together to make the company grow, and then back up all your promises with solid actions.

People respond to clear opportunities for personal and professional growth. If I may paraphrase the Hallmark slogan, when people care enough, they’ll give their very best!

It takes a lot of patience and effort to build a solid team of people who will share and help you fulfill your vision, but the results will be well worth all you put into it.

Shiny New Gadget Of The Month:
Rocketbook: A Super-Convenient Way To Store And Organize Handwritten Notes

If you’re like me, you still like taking notes with a pen and paper. Problem is, note pages can pile up, get lost and be a pain to organize. But thanks to a special notebook called Rocketbook, you can still take notes the “old-fashioned” way of pen and paper, but then file, organize and store your notes digitally for quick access and retrieval!

Rocketbook looks like an ordinary pad of paper. To use it, simply take notes as you would on any pad of paper, using the Pilot FriXion pen. When you’re done, the built-in app creates a high-quality JPG image of your notes and files it to the folder of your choice inside Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs or OneNote. You indicate which folder each note goes to by marking clever little icons at the bottom of each page.

When the pages are full, simply microwave the notebook for 30 seconds to completely erase and reuse. Rocketbook currently comes in two sizes and is available at indiegogo.

“The Most Vital Thing To Do While Growing Fast“

If you’ve ever gotten to talk business with me, I’ve probably mentioned Verne Harnish. Verne owns a very successful consulting company called Gazelles. They work exclusively with growth firms: companies over $1M in revenue who are experiencing double digit growth year after year.

I’ve been a disciple of Verne’s since 2008 when I read his book “The Rockefellar Habits,” and am currently moving through his latest book “Scaling Up.” I love to work with businesses that are growing fast, and fast growth is painful for a business. While Verne’s books show you a roadmap to excel in your growth, I wanted to share with you one thing that can fall by the wayside when you’re growing fast, that is vital to maintain your business’s growth.

Verne illustrates the importance of C-Level Executives maintaining client-facing activities, in other words, having real, down to earth conversations with your clients. He suggests that you should call or sit down with ONE customer EACH WEEK and ask the following questions:

I love to talk business with Verne …..and I still geek out each time. Stop me.

I love to talk business with Verne …..and I still geek out each time. Stop me.

  1. How are you doing?
  2. What’s going on in your industry?
  3. What do you hear about our competitors?
  4. How are WE doing?

Why should you ask these questions? Because your current customers contain the key to staying relevant in the marketplace, unique against competitors, and give you the best insights to improved product and service delivery.

He stresses this is NOT just a ‘nice to do’ thing, it is absolutely vital. If you aren’t doing it now, get out your calendar, call your best client, and set an appointment today.

To Your Continued Success,

Who Else Wants To Win A $25 Gift Card?

The Grand Prize Winner from last month’s Trivia Challenge was Robin Gales of Emsco Distributors!

Here’s this month’s trivia question. The winner will receive a $25 VISA Gift Card.

What is the hottest place on earth?

a) Wadi Halfa, Sudan
b) Death Valley, California
c) Tirat Tsvi, Israel
d) Timbuktu, Mali

Email us right now with your answer! info@intechit.net