Monday, December 13, 2010

Remain Calm

Nice blog post from my friend Beth Rosen on remaining calm when your technology fails you here

Friday, December 3, 2010

Top 5 Technology Dos and Don'ts when starting a business

I'm speaking to a group of students at Columbia Business School today about the basic IT needs when starting a business. Here's the summary

Top 5 Dos

  • Back Up and then plan your Disaster Recovery
  • Set it up so you can work from anywhere
  • Learn to fully use your tools
  • Monthly options are often better than outright purchased (for tech reasons, not just because of cash flow)
  • Proactively manage your technology. It’s not set it and forget it
Top 5 Don’ts
  • Underestimate the importance of security
  • Spend money just because it’s cool (unless cool is important to our business)
  • Assume just because it’s in the CLOUD it’s cheaper, safer and better
  • Skimp. Invest where you need to
  • Make all the IT decisions yourself. Use a professional. Your IT advisor is as important as your accountant and your attorney