In business, it’s pretty well understood that there’s no such thing as standing still: If you’re not moving ahead, you’re being left behind. More and more, companies pursue “continuous improvement” not just as a vague goal, but as a continuous daily practice. Businesses understand that they have to constantly ramp up efficiency, quality, effectiveness and speed if they’re going to do well in our fast moving, fast changing society. Continuous improvement goals run into big problems, though, when outdated technology is holding you back. It costs a lot, though, to stay on the cutting edge: Hardware upgrades are a major capital expense, and one that it is often all too easy to stall indefinitely when budgets are a concern – [...]
Ah, spring cleaning: Just about everybody needs to do it, and almost nobody looks forward to it. Whether it’s tackling winter’s ravages in the yard, clearing out the garage, or de-cluttering the closet, it’s one of those tasks that often inspires undue dread beforehand, even when you love the results afterwards. The same holds true for IT pros – perhaps even more so than everyone else. IT “cleanup” can honestly be a daunting task. Mistakes – either of omission or commission – can have far-reaching results, and the changing nature of the technology environment means that “garbage” in the form of gear, applications and data accumulates more quickly than ever before. At the same time, it is critical to get [...]
I recently participated in an interview program that gave me an opportunity to talk about Red Level - who we are, what we do, and why. It occurred to me that this was something that we didn't see often enough in business - straightforward answers to straightforward questions. When done right, an interview can give a clearer picture of what a person or business is all about. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to answer a few of those same questions here. A lot of IT companies that were around when Red Level started out have disappeared. Red Level has lasted for more than a decade now, and continues to grow. Why is that? I can think of [...]
Every New Year's Eve, Americans vow to earn more and weight less. As business owners, we're often challenged to to do more with less resources every year too. We asked a few of the talented technologists, consultants and innovators at Red Level to put aside their personal and professional resolutions for a bit and look at how business technology can help us accomplish more with less stress. Collaboration software? A technology backup plan? Working remotely? The Red Level team ofters six quick technology resolutions any business can implement to make 2016 their best year yet. Enjoy the video and Happy New Year from everyone at Red Level.
We human beings are creatures of habit. Because something was a certain way yesterday, we expect it to be the same way today and tomorrow. But if you’re like most of us, technological changes in recent years have led you to rethink assumptions as familiar routines have fallen by the wayside: When was the last time you licked a stamp, used a payphone, or wrote a check at the supermarket? In my last blog post, I wrote in general about game-changing technologies that would radically transform the way we work with technology and conduct business. In this post and in weeks to come, I’ll provide some specific examples, beginning with another technological relic we can all say goodbye to soon: [...]