Drip.Drip.Drip. Your ceiling is cracked. Water is seeping out. It’s not a big crack, it’s not a lot of water either but, it’s enough to have disrupted your day and damage your property.

What do you do?

The immediate and most cost effective solution would be to patch it up. It stops the water, it protects your property and you can carry on with your life. But, it’s a few months later and there’s an awfully dark patch around the place that crack used to be.

What do you do?

The immediate and most cost effective solution would be to pierce the ceiling and drain the water. Disaster averted. Property protected, life unaffected.

It’s happened a few times now. The patch, the pierce, the drain. Crisis averted. Collectively you’ve spent hours of your life fixing this issue only for it to happen again and then one day – CRASH!

The ceiling just caved in.

The little crack is now a gaping hole. The drips dropped and now everything is ruined.

Moral of the story?

Short term architecture leads to long term problems. Don’t build for today, build for the future.

One of the most common problems with growing businesses is thinking short term. Stand alone solutions may seem like the most effective solution, but take into consideration the amount of time your organisation spends addressing those small seemingly insignificant issues. Put it all together and you might come to realise the exorbitant amount of resources spent over the years, until one day that problem becomes the biggest stumbling block to your company’s productivity.

Whether it’s customer orders, updating and maintaining software/servers or importing and exchanging data, businesses that select their systems over time can find themselves with a poorly planned architecture that handles short-term tactical needs sub-optimally while holding the company back from scaling efficiently over the long term.

Problems will inevitably arise in business and we must all exist within our means, but for the success of any business, it is important to look past the immediate issues and identify the underlying issues.

If your ceiling leaks, something is broke. Spending more time and money in the first instance strengthens the structure of a business and before it ever gets a chance to fall down on you.

Replace the pipe, seal the crack and never look back.

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