Is IT an expense that you’d rather not incur?

If you run a business or are the person responsible for Information Technology and are constantly looking at ways to cut your IT expense… look no further because I have your solution!

Sell all of your computers and buy one of these:

And a few of these:

You should also check to see if the typewriter that’s under those boxes of last year’s invoices in the back of the storage closet still works, just in case you need to send a formal letter or fill out a government form.

Before you judge my perfect solution, take a moment and think about how you view the computers in your office and write down the functions they provide.  Now, look at that list and if all of those functions can be accomplished with a Rolodex and a few legal pads, its obvious that your computers are an unnecessary expense.  Getting rid of them would certainly eliminate some of your daily frustrations.

On the other hand if you had just one item on your list of functions that could not be done by these two wonders of the world, such as “pop-up an alert and ring a chime to remind me of my 3:00pm meeting each Tuesday”, then you may want to reconsider how you view IT expenditures.  Because that little pop-up alert is just the tip of the ROI iceberg.  Computers provide you with a MEASURABLE RETURN ON INVESTMENT and the problem that most people have is actually taking a few moments to decide what to measure.  Once you do start measuring the return generated from your IT investment, you will also start finding new ways to optimize and improve your results.  You may cut IT expense in one area, but you will likely increase IT spending overall as your business profits and grows due to your insightful and successful management skills.

Check out the Forbes report on the ROI of Microsoft Small Business Server: