A Bumpy Ride Ahead; Get Back to Basics
There is little doubt that the American economy is headed for sluggish growth or more likely a recession, and this means that IT managers need to focus on fundamentals.There is little doubt that the American economy is headed for sluggish growth or more likely a recession, and this means that IT managers need to focus on fundamentals. The first thing to keep in mind is that telecommunications, data networking (voice networking intentionally left out), customer-driven supply chain integration, storage and security increase in importance during troubled times. The best way to judge whether to bring new or revised products into production is to ask, "Do they lower costs by allowing the current staff to do more with less?"
The second thing to keep in mind is that new, unproven technologiesand we include here just about anything that can be called a "gadget," including postage-stamp-size cell phones and all personal digital assistantsshould be passed over without a second thought. Also included in this "ignore-at-will" category is any wireless product that is not a straight replacement for premise network wiring. In other words, use 802.11b technology to save the expense of running new cable; ignore Bluetooth.