What were we thinking?
Perspective. Another very profound word.
Indulge in a thought about business systems (people, processes, technology) while considering the momentum of your business with your perspective. Now, alter your perspective through Sales, Ownership, Accounting, Finance, Production, Engineering, HR and IT. Use some empathy. (It’ll be our secret)
If you see some momentum butchering mud holes, where every time things start rolling, you end up stuck in the mud, you are not alone. My mentor, Darren Hardy, prescribes not taking in the news because there isn’t anything you can do about the news of the day except to fret or talk about it. FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is what Darren says keeps folks glued to the news cycle and holds folks back from gaining their own momentum.
Specialists in fixing muddy holes, that’d be Pronto Progress. It bears repeating that technology is just one third of any problem. Maybe, perhaps often, technology is less than a third.
(Calling technical support can be the reason you are a Pronto Progress customer also, but that is another story.)
EPICOR pushes everyone in the direction of the cloud. Among the motivators are:
- The fear of losing your data on-premise.
- The promise of redundancy and up time seems higher in the cloud.
- Low initial cost.
- Perception of greater security.
- Hope of having fewer full time IT people to support the server.
Among the detractors:
- The math on the cash flow balances out at about 24 months vs on premise. That is before considering taxes.
- Often neglected is your setup and training. As to why EPICOR doesn't set you up, or train you, for free, look no further than the airline pricing model. 99% of travelers bring a bag. Most two. Many of the airlines charge extra for a bag. Some even charge you for the seat!
- You cannot stop paying maintenance when you are in the cloud. You stop paying, the cloud disperses.
- You are seriously ham-strung from using the web services of EPICOR. Manager/Manager can't be changed in the cloud.
It was a lot of money and a big risk for a young company. As luck had it Mr. Holz sat down and introduced himself and asked what we did. Taking the opportunity, we asked Mr. Holz his advise on the proposed office building. Mr. Holz replied “What, you got no fire in the belly!?”
Mr. Holz gave the best advise ever in the form of a question.
One business thinker to another: Do not fixate on the wrong side of the equation. Think on the “make” side.
At Pronto Progress you shouldn't end up “spending” money.