Every company has big dreams. Any businessman aims for growth. The difference lies in the rate of growth. Sometimes, a company grows really quickly, and when this happens, certain aspects are sometimes overlooked, resulting in complications. Oftentimes, IT is one of the areas that do not get the required attention.

In this regard, we can all learn something from what others have experienced in the past. One particularly interesting example is that of Enova Financial’s case, wherein they went through an explosive growth phase. During this time, the manager of IT Engineering – Jeff Bagnall – stepped up and decided to go the IT outsourcing route. The interview with Jeff Bagnall is something that you might want to take a look at, as you can learn a whole lot in terms of managing your IT needs as your company grows.

One outstanding point that he made was how a business should look to outsourcing. He stated that outsourcing IT needs to a data center service is more practical as the business does not have to sink millions in setting up its own infrastructure. This makes even more sense if you are only leasing your offices and do not own the building.

Other salient points to consider when looking at various data center services:

  • Your power requirements and how much the provider offers
  • Response time of the provider
  • The amount of available space

His parting argument for outsourcing your business’s IT needs? When technical issues arise (e.g., power/cooling issues), it is NOT your problem anymore. It is now the data center’s issue, and this frees up your time to focus on other aspects of your business.

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Originally posted on November 3, 2010 @ 1:46 am

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