Sun, Mar 5 2006 11:07
You see I'm tired of the argument over "IT". Yes I know we don't get "it" in '"IT", but sometimes, especially in a small business we don't always get exactly what we want. And sometimes we have to come up with our own solutions. These days business owners really don't care if the solution is from this vendor or that vendor. It's your job to come up with a solution.
For the record if you want to know what of "it" you can do on "IT", you might want to check out this blog posting.
If you can't sell "IT" to your clients because it just because you already have a patch management in place and don't need SQL 2005 Workgroup? More power to you. Wonderful. Fabulous. You are ahead of 99% of the rest of the universe because most people I talk to don't have WSUS and a patch management/testing program/process in place. And that's the gang that I'm beta testing "IT" for. Because there are some firms that will want "IT", and as long as there are some customers out there that will be buying "IT", I'm beta testing for them. I'm not walking away from "IT" just because it doesn't have "it", because there are still clients and customers that will be running "IT".
But gang... business owners don't care if "IT" has R2 bits or not. They want you to listen to them and solve their needs with whatever tools are in your tool bag. So if you need to use robocopy or Rsync... then do it. And indeed post up the "how to" on a web site or wiki and share your solution with others. Because the deed is done and every single time we argue about "IT" not having "it", it's not helping your client that doesn't care about "IT" or "it". He just want you to handle your Information Technology needs. You know.... the other IT in this argument.
He or she hired you to propose a solution. He or she doesn't really care where it comes from. He or she just wants it to work. And that's your job to pick based on his needs. Just don't mess with his desktop or his Solitare game and just handle the server side and come up with something that works. And if you stay on the "old" "IT" because your line of business apps won't upgrade to SQL 2005, that's do-able too. Line of business apps do not upgrade to new databases quickly AT ALL and SQL 2005 is still a bit young for most LOB app developers.
So if you want to give feedback about what you think is wrong with "IT", a good spot might be email@example.com, and can we all agree that "yes, it sucks, Microsoft, the Lawyer run Monopoly has got to be smokin' somethin' up there in Redmond with all of their SA/R2 stuff and man Longhorn better be good" and get back to solving real problems and not arguing over how dumb it is that we don't get "it" in "IT" and get on with providing real solutions to real clients?
One thing you have to remember about me.... at the end of the day I'm a business owner and look at things a little differently than most (besides the fact that I'm a Dew drinking female in a Tech/Geek world sort of adds to that wacko viewpoint too). You see, I still see that there's still a lot of "drool" factor left in the Us Versus Them, even after I update it with the "it" versus "IT" stuff.
Because you see Remote Web Workplace and the 6 am email is still there. And to me, the business owner, that's still the two killer apps of SBS along with the normal Email and sharing of calendars. SBS isn't perfect. And your job it to add to it to solve the needs for your clients.
You are the solution provider.
And if you noticed, I'm staying away from calling "IT" by it's real name. For two reasons.. one I'm tired of the arguments over "IT", and for your clients, even calling "IT" as just plain SBS 2003 has some businesspeople (including my sister) asking "Isn't that out of date? It's 2003? Isn't there something newer?"
So what would you like to call "IT"? (We were calling it by something else but I found in the urban dictionary ...but what I thought it meant wasn't what the urban dictionary gave as the meaning....another blonde moment for Susan.... so I think I'm going to have to stop calling "IT" by what I was calling it.)
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