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A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Not that we get a lot of ‘gifts’ at work, except the ‘opportunities’ to do a new, hard project with an impossible deadline. But a real gift would be software that would make 2017 a lot easier. Have you considered that sometimes, there is a little money left in the budget year? Use it or lose it! But what would you buy? How about some automation to free up your time in the coming year?
Money is tight at most companies these days. Every dollar is examined and squeezed to make sure none are wasted. But there are two exceptions to the rule. Emergencies loosen purse strings. When a quick response to a security breach is required, for example, money flows. The second exception occurs when you’re first hired or transferred into a performance role. Opportunities for purchasing software don’t come along very often, so it is wise to exploit these times.
As a child, I was always impressed by how Tom Sawyer got other people to do his work for him. Instead of offering a trade, Sawyer flipped the challenge on its head. He made people feel like white-washing a fence was so pleasurable they should pay him for the privilege. I can only imagine what a speaker and salesman he would have grown up to be. What a gift! I think we all feel overworked much of the time. Between layoffs and retirements, most of us have more than one job we’re trying to manage with too many tasks not to our liking. Even in the rarified waters of complex IT projects, there are still tasks that can feel as unrewarding and uninteresting as white-washing a fence. Either it is a task that challenged you many years ago and no longer does, or it is simply uninteresting to you personally.
As experienced technicians, we know how to do our job well and can quickly pick up new technologies and processes. But when it comes time for a significant software purchase, something we do much less frequently, it can be a challenge to be sure that we are doing everything we can to get the right solution. As someone who has been on both sides of the software acquisition game, this blogger has learned a few things that might help you feel more confident about your decision. You’ll be able to level the playing field with these suggestions.
Does this sound familiar? Software vendors drop by to talk about their products, adding another long meeting to your packed schedule. When you get to a conference, vendors try to entice you into the exhibit hall for another meeting. You’re constantly faced with new software options. Who has the time to look at them?
The simple answer is that you have to find the time. What many of us don’t realize is that when you ignore the new offerings and capabilities, you have made a decision. No decision, or the failure to consider new options, is actually a decision to stick with the solutions you already have. You’re making a decision NOT to make a decision.