Time has proven that we are a species that likes our fabrications big and complex. (See, the pyramids, the moon landing, etc.) However, our fascination with “big” seems to be reversing. (See, every digital innovation put to market in the last 20 years. Who remembers pulling up an antenna on your cell phone that needed a carrying case bigger than your laptop case?)
Hence, the same IT professionals who bragged about the size of their data centers a few years ago, are now boasting about how small they are.
Why the shift?
It comes down to the correlation between simplicity and speed. For instance, many companies are simplifying their operations and speeding their delivery by outsourcing their hardware to managed IT services. Regardless of the size or nature of your organization, in the modern instant culture, you need to keep business simple, and deliver fast.
The more work you do up front, the easier everyone’s life will be in the end. At first this may seem counterintuitive, that is, more work usually does not equate to speed and it certainly is not simple. However, think of the last time you rushed technology to production because the upper execs NEEDED their corporate email delivered securely to their personal iPhones. How’d that turn out?
The point is, more planning and complexity in the beginning means less rework in the end. It is hard to find simple solutions. In the words of Albert Einstein, “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.”
Smaller is Better
That’s right, smaller is better.
Whether we are talking about smart phones or data centers, smaller is easier to manage. Don’t be mislead though – by smaller we are referring to physical size, not power. In fact, consumers and businesses alike are expecting more power in a smaller package. Thus, enterprises shifting to managed IT services are finding that they can reduce the size of their data centers, yet increase power and speed. This is because their in-house resources can turn their full attention to putting out solid products rather than grappling with cumbersome hardware issues.
Oftentimes we get bogged down in cramming as much scope into an IT business case as we possibly can. Generally, the idea is more line-items equate to a better overall project.
However, more features come with more issues, slower time to production, and greater opportunity for failure. Chances are the C-Levels will never see the features. They’ll see the success metrics, i.e., speed to market, cost, and satisfaction. Thus, something must be said for the proposition, “design a project that does one thing, and make it do that one thing very well.”
By shifting the complexities of hardware upkeep to managed IT services, businesses can simplify their projects, speed their delivery, and focus on what matters most.