June 17, 2013

Could Phil Mickelson survive an IT project?

As the 2013 US Open Golf Championship concluded just over two miles north of my house yesterday, I saw in some battle-tested golfers something I never expected; fear, resignation, and defeat. As the strokes ballooned at Merion East, I could see players shaking their heads wondering how they could turn things around on the unforgiving course.

The most visible player to those of us watching was Phil Mickelson. The veteran lefthander shocked observers when he flew home to San Diego to attend his daughter's eighth grade graduation, forgoing practice rounds, and then forged ahead to capture the lead through the final day. Unfortunately, Phil fell into Merion's clutches at the start of the final round, never fully recovered, and watched instead as British rival Justin Rose clutch the championship. Once again, Phil settled for second best as he had five times before in nearly two dozen attempts at the one title he so dearly wanted.
When it comes to determining the best course for SMBs in terms of technology and efficiency, owners and decision makers are all too familiar with the life-or-death stress felt by Phil Mickelson over the past few days in Haverford Township. With the ever-growing reliance of consumers and businesses on cloud technologies, these decisions can be magnified by the uncertainty that comes with not having complete control of the environment. That's why more and more SMBs are moving to their own private cloud infrastructure despite the steeper investments. While it's not as demonic as watching a well-struck golf shot trickle off a tabletop-hard Merion green, it's still enough to cause a deep rumbling in the stomach as those decisions are made and implemented. Engage with a trusted technology partner to gain insight and options for what is best for your organization whether it be a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid of both. Now close your eyes and envision walking up that 18th green to the roar of tens of thousands of people urging you forward, and remember that your employees will be that gallery who will cheer when efficiency is up and data is secured. Oh, and keep a good thought in your heart for Phil who may never reach that brass ring no matter how many times he tries.

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