We value education. A lot. Internally, ongoing professional development and certifications are pillars of our company’s culture (and arguably, our success). Facing outward, we try to do the same with our community of clients and peers. Our presentations, events, and executive roundtables are always education and discussion focused. We participate in industry peer groups, present at IT conferences, and sit on industry advisory boards. Why not just go sell services and stuff? Recall the old adage, “give someone a fish, he or she eats for a day. Teach someone to fish and he or she eats for a lifetime.” We all understand the wisdom baked into this … but does it make good business sense?
Leadership … whether you’re in the tech industry or vegetable distribution … it is as much about posing questions as seeking answers. It’s about encouraging dialogue and debate, building mechanisms to raise red flags early, and learning from mistakes. These abilities require discipline, attention to detail, and good old-fashioned common sense. Good business leadership means you have the ability to anticipate trends and market changes, and it means you have the willingness to adapt where necessary.
Google wants to do hosted apps now. Interesting. Google Apps was actually soft launched 2 years ago and they have been using it internally since. You might ask “what does Microsoft have to say about that?” Well, they have launched BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite). In short, they are very similar products … but basically, clients would run their applications over the internet via a browser. Welcome to the new Google/Microsoft battlefield: Cloud-based Apps.
I find this all very exciting, although … in principle … it’s not entirely new. Delivering applications across the Internet is something IT Weapons has been doing for over 10 years. I first did this myself way back when I qualified as a ‘geek’ in 1992. As a matter of IT-history, I did Canada’s first Citrix WinView installation (yep, I’m THAT old). Anyway, having focused my own career (nearly 20 years) and my company on app-delivery for clients, I qualify as an expert on the topic. Read more…
Henry Ford once remarked, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.” Don’t get me wrong, making money is great, but not at the expense of others … especially our customers. Earning money because you did a great job—honestly and ethically—helping someone else’s business get better… Now that is rewarding. And funny enough, it’s also the cornerstone of real customer loyalty. Do a good job, they call you back.
Ah, the beauty of simplicity.