When your organization is small, you may be able to get away with downloading ad hoc applications or tools to get your work done. There’s no precedent driving your organization when it’s first starting, and if you have a tech background, you might feel like you have a level of technical skill that allows you to make such a call without risk.
However, such an experimental approach to leveraging technology can leave growing organizations vulnerable. Problems like shadow IT, or unauthorized applications, become more pronounced and can present challenges to internal collaboration and to security.
Added costs also come into play when technologies are brought in without a fundamental strategy to make sure they will meet your needs a year from now. If your organization is highly reliant on cloud computing resources or equipment, those costs can start to add up without someone leading the way. Poor IT prioritization is counterproductive to achieving scale, which for startups is the name of the game.
The shift to remote work has also created an increased focus on people operations, which describes the way that labor is managed within an organization. A poor handle on technology could prove problematic, slowing down the process of building your workforce.
Each startup’s goals are different, but all of them can take steps to curate a technology stack that will support growth.
When to Consider External Help
For newer startups that may not have the resources for a dedicated IT team, it might make sense to bring in outside help. Engaging a partner like CDW’s Startup Technology Solutions team can be a great way to create a stable IT strategy, particularly as your organization’s operations are still taking shape. Having experts available to help you determine the needs of your team can help ensure success for your revenue-generating production systems or your workplace operations.
Building a support system for your startup allows you to focus on your organization’s core competencies. According to research from Wilbur Labs, 55 percent of startup founders pivoted to avoid business failure, and 75 percent of startups that did so eventually were successful. Many startup success stories involve pivots: Twitter started as a podcast-publishing service, and Instagram started as a mobile check-in app akin to Foursquare before switching to photo sharing.
Those moves happen naturally for many startups, and they can change your technology needs on a dime. Strategic support can help to ensure your momentum isn’t limited by an inflexible infrastructure when you may not have internal resources to orchestrate the change.
Running a startup is already full of risk. There’s no reason gamble on whether your technology stack will meet your long-term needs.