Taking Control of your Tech is Like Riding a Bike

 Moving from reactive to proactive with your IT and technology

STICK with me on this one, but when there’s fuel in the tank, the sun is shining, the roads are quiet and you have a route planned, there is nothing better than motorbiking on the roads of Devon’s beautiful Dartmoor.

I should know because it’s one of my passions.

And it’s exactly the same with your tech strategy. Honest!

My biker mates will be lining up to wind me up on this, and business colleagues might wonder what I’m talking about, but never mind! Imagine you are about to embark on a day out motorcycling. I’d recommend the Yamaha MT09 SP, exceptional ‘Ferrari performance’ for a fraction of the price.

With your route planned in advance, it means you’re not stressed, you know timings, stop-offs along the way and final destination, and you are aware of the various landmarks, what to look out for, which junctions to take extra care at and, of course, which cafes to pull up at for the best Devon cream tea.

All this means you’re in a better place to get the most from the ride. Focus on the road, the conditions and traffic of course, but you are more likely to enjoy the overall experience because you’ve planned in advance, and know where you’re going and how you are going to get there.

So, planning the route is one key part of ensuring the best journey and end result. 

So too is taking a proactive strategy when you’re riding. I’ve had some training in this, and taking a strong position on the road, signalling early, being clear with your intent – all such techniques help ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience.

So, how does this fit with having a technology strategy?

Well, like riding a bike, a tech strategy requires initial investment. 

Exceptional performance does not mean breaking the bank but finding the equipment and approach that works for you. Do your research, create your shortlist and road test before you buy.

Secondly, focusing energy and effort in planning, means greater rewards along the way to get to a clear destination that you’ve identified. Plus, there’s far less risk of going off course or taking a wrong turn. And just like those wonderful Devon cafe stop-offs, you need to identify those key objectives that support the overall goal.

Taking a proactive approach whilst on the journey, the greater the rewards reaped along the way, with less risk of accidents, mistakes or bearing the brunt of other people’s carelessness. 

With a proactive tech strategy in place, the future becomes an exciting journey that your business is prepared for and embracing today, with excellent IT support combined with a strategy that harnesses the right technology for your business to thrive. 

Timewade aren’t a community of bikers (believe me, that wouldn’t work!), but we are a community of friendly, welcoming tech experts who get to know your business inside and out.

We focus on support and strategy combined, because you need the best destination and end result as much as the equipment and maintenance to help get you there. When it all comes together, that’s when you get the very best outcomes for your business and your people.

And my favourite stop? Not for the beer of course when I’m on my motorbike, but it has to be the Warren House Inn, chatting to other bikers, sharing the experience and enjoying the view. 

I’m always up for new recommendations – as long as I get them well in advance of course, so I can plan out the journey!

Happy biking…

About the author: Jordan Westcott – Senior Technical Consultant, Timewade

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