Category Archives: Business

  • Effective IT Management for Your Business

    human-65925_640A managed service provider, or MSP, is an independent organization which offers outsourced IT services for a fixed rate. In today's internet driven world, companies both big and small are becoming more reliant on technology to manage services, processes, and data. This can be time consuming and costly for business owners. Utilizing a MSP can notably lower your monthly overheads by allowing you to cut down on extra staff and training costs that are typically associated with computer maintenance and repair. You can use your existing staff where you need them and avoid paying for extra office space. Business resources are sometimes spread thinly, an MSP can accommodate for this problem. As a business owner, you need to be available to apply your time and energy to everyday decisions, without the added problems of managing an IT department. A reputable outsourced service company will give you access to knowledgeable and qualified experts to take care of all your IT requirements. This leads to better services and support for your customers. Their experienced staff are trained in IT management - Foreseeing potential problems before they arise and cause a negative impact on your business. Up to date technology can be swiftly implemented when necessary, allowing you to keep your business up to speed with the competition. Reduce risk and enhance security. Every venture entails risk. Separate influences including competition, markets, variations in finances, and technology change fast and can affect your organization. MSP's can apply specialist knowledge to minimize security matters and avoid risk. Overall, services of this nature can save you time, money and resources in the long run and help you to run aspects of your business in a more effective manner. Most MSP's offer packages tailored to the needs of your business, so you don't end up paying for more than you need. Talk to a trusted managed service provider to find out more about a custom solution for your IT problems.
  • Exploiting Loopholes in the Law: Smart or Stupid?

    balance-154516_640Know in advance that this will not be a fair and balanced article. I have no special patience for the various arguments in favor of exploiting loopholes in the law. They exist, certainly. People will sometimes go to great lengths to justify that which they know to be unethical, but I can't quite bring myself to call it anything other than what it is. Unethical. Sure, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being clever. You can, rightly, point out that since said loophole exists, you're not technically breaking the law, and of course, you are technically correct. But the reason that word appears in quotation marks, is because we all know what the intent of the law was. It's just an unfortunate, and all too human,oversight that allowed an imperfect law to be created. I've even seen people trot out the argument that the way loopholes get closed is by people exploiting them. This draws attention to said loophole, which prompts further action. Thus, in a way, the justifiers say, their act of exploiting the loophole is a kind of public service. It's amazing, the things that people will tell themselves in order to feel better about actions they know to be unethical. Excuses and faux justifications aside, at the end of the day, there are three reasons that such activities are a categorically bad call: 1) The people doing it know it's unethical That's the reason for the justifications. If it was an ethical move, no justification would be needed, and the topic wouldn't even come up in conversation. For some reason, some people find it hard to simply do the right thing. 2) Public perception Like it or not, your business needs customers to survive. Customers form "the public," and "the public" tends to take a dim view of those who try to skirt around the edges of the law. If I'm a competitor of yours, and it comes to light that this is what you're doing, I'm going to beat you to death with it. My marketing people will have a field day running over you. Sure, you might be able to pay yourself on the back for saving a little money in the short run, but when I walk away with 25% of your long term customers, ask yourself if it was worth it? 3) You're only hurting yourself This can best be illustrated by an actual example from a few years ago. A manufacturing company had some waste by-product from their manufacturing process. A sludgy, nasty liquid that would have been expensive to store and ship off. Since there were no specific laws governing the disposal of this particular substance, the company owners took a shortcut and dumped it in the river that ran next to the factory. The problem? The river was an important part of the town water supply. People started getting sick, including many people who worked at the plant. Insurance claims went up, absenteeism soared, and the plant struggled to remain profitable. In the end, Federal investigators were dispatched, existing regulations were edited to include the nasty substance, and the company never recovered. By trying to save a few bucks, they wound up losing money by making their own people sick, and completely alienated the community they relied on. It never ends well.