When you are in the initial stages – actually even the first year or two of your business, you really are still working out what the entire business model is going to end up being, one thing that is important to all businesses is building a solid and seamless infrastructure on which your business operates. Otherwise you run into problems.
On Friday we had the most frustrating day here at Shoe String – our emails just “went away” – I am sure that there is a more technical term for this but at the end of the day internal and external communications were down and I was not happy. No matter how many people I called and asked what the hell was going on, nobody was able to give me an answer. All emails from the past 24 hours were “unviewable” which meant “unanswerable” – shit.
We had been talking about migrating everything over to Google Apps for Business for a while in our business and I am kind of glad that Friday happened because, over the weekend we transferred our ENTIRE operation onto this platform. Here is the thing though, although the video above makes everything seem extremely peachy and easy [and it probably is if you don’t have existing infrastructure] the initial stages of the transfer were a Friday evening nightmare. Neither of us founders are “techies” and if you are person that has no patience [like me] and loves things to just happen immediately [like me] than I suggest you seek the advice and services of an IT Consultant to help set you up.
But now we are all running off Google Apps and I have to say I am VERY impressed. It truly makes the whole business portable and the collaboration tools are fantastic. I can’t believe that we never moved across sooner. As our company grows and we need to add more people to our network, it is a simple two step process and boom – they have access to everything and a working company email.
As I said before one of the most important aspects of a company is the infrastructure that allows that company to operate sucessfully at the back end. Because our company uses a lot of contractors and “work from home” people, we had a disjointed internal communication strategy – if ay key people had become ill or went on leave suddenly, we would have been screwed or at least had to hassle them to find things and continue working at full capacity. Now we have a workable system and a contingency plan.
What would happen if your files all disappeared today? If your paper files went missing? – Would your Business still stand tomorrow? Get your systems right from the beginning & save headaches in the future.