It’s not always easy to organize an office environment. There was a time when every company in a particular industry would operate in a fairly similar way. But this was in large part an artifact of limited communication. People could afford to follow set patterns when they’d never face competition from other people doing the same. But computers have changed the face of the business world.
Most companies these days are forced into a global market. There’s certainly benefits to be found from this change. In the past people were limited by their local economy. Today we have a chance to make sales or contracts with people from almost anywhere on earth. But at the same time it also means competing with every other company with a similar product line. The time when people could afford to do business in the same way as everyone else is gone. And these days one needs to innovate in order to keep a step ahead of the competition.
Computers are one of the best ways to accomplish this feat. Technological innovation is what made the market so competitive. But it’s also what can give someone an advantage in the global marketplace. One of the most important points of this process can be found by examining what we’ve gone over so far. Everything changed when networking first connected people all over the world. And the clue to staying ahead of the competition can be found with the idea of instantaneous communication.
It’s fairly common for companies to essentially throw money away as they maintain less efficient ways of doing things. Basically, a company can operate in a distributed manner in a similar way to how sales have become less centralized. This is often done through a balance between telecommuting and contracting. The process of streamlining with distributed services can prove somewhat time consuming at first. But it’s a more straightforward process than one might imagine.
One should begin by going over every position within one’s company. In a large company this is usually best done by delegating responsibility to department heads. The rule of thumb is to simply ask if a position could be done without someone actually sitting in the office. This process should be considered a first pass. It might show, for example, that the database administration could be done off site.
But one wouldn’t end the process by changing database administration to a remote dba role. This is the start of the process. But one should also ask what that change will allow for in the future. For example, once database administration is handled off site one will have the infrastructure in place to access most aspects of server maintenance in a similar way. The remote database access can be leveraged to allow for remote server administration. The remote server administration might open the way to tertiary services such as backup maintenance.
Even something as seemingly distinct from a database as mobile app development will often tie into the larger system. As such, migrating database services to a remote administration model can open up quite a few doors for other services. By taking advantage of these possibilities one can streamline the entire business. And in doing so one will gain significant competitive advantages.