The rush to make sure your IT is up-to-date and optimised can lead to some assumptions you might want to rethink.
For one, the more tech there is and the bigger your team grows, the bigger your IT team has to grow, right?
And the bigger your team grows, the bigger your thinking has to be, right?
Expect, is that really so self-evident?
Like, do you really believe ‘thinking big’ is going to keep the nuances of your data security in check?
Is it really necessary for an IT operation to grow in direct tandem with the business it supports?
Given the faulty foundations of these assumptions, we’ve been thinking through the benefits of thinking small when it comes to IT.
We’ve landed on three key reasons a compact IT team can actually be more effective than that big, bloated team you probably assume is necessary.
The bigger a team becomes, the more frayed become its channels of communication.
The more personalities involved, the more difficulties tend to manifest.
And with IT, that’s not ideal.
Because communication is essential for a team to work efficiently.
And for it to be available and proactive.
Or to react as swiftly and effectively as you need.
But there’s more.
Communication in any area is essential to good relationships.
And if your IT folks aren’t seeing eye to eye, or being clear with one another about what when and how they’re doing the work, they’re not…
Without getting too technical, if everybody on an IT team isn’t on the same page, havoc can ensue.
One person’s working on one assumption while another works on a totally different one.
It doesn’t take an expert to see the problem.
But with IT, and the amount of important data involved, the issue is exacerbated.
Because there are differing technical approaches, different system and programmes to choose from, different pathways and procedures.
So the bigger the team, the more possibilities for wire crossing and general miscommunication.
Meaning you either have heightened risk, or have to burn excessive energy (and possibly enlist specific individuals) managing and running the team.
Not to mention that a bigger team often means less…
It’s hard to overstate the power of trusting your IT support.
If you do, you can work uninterrupted by worries or anxieties, and focus on growing.
If you don’t, it can be the beginning of the end of your relationship, which obviously has some real implications.
Thinking small means knowing that details are being taken care.
Thinking small means knowing most, if not all, of the people in your team.
Thinking small means knowing your data, your email, your business’s backbone is safe and secure with people you know are accountable.