Stable—The solution must be based on a stable platform of people, technology, business practices, and company culture. We’ll help you to achieve the stability you require to make your solution work for you.
If you have a solution that runs on a poorly designed, poorly maintained, or poorly updated platform, it can’t possibly be optimal. A stable solution requires a solid technology base to stand on and an active plan to keep that technology stable over the entire lifetime of the solution. In addition, there must be adequate maintenance and monitoring to ensure that destabilizing influences are quickly identified and corrected.
At OS-Cubed, Inc., we define stable solutions as having these unique features:
- A stable solution should be based on solid, reliable hardware and networking technology. Without the proper infrastructure, configured in the proper way, a technology solution can quickly become a problem. If you look at technology as a “cost center” rather than a “revenue-generating engine,” then your issue may well be the stability of your systems. Selling hardware isn’t our major focus, but making sure that you have the right hardware, and that it all works well together, is. We’ll assist you in selecting and configuring your hardware for the best possible solution.
- A stable solution should be designed around base software designed to work well together. Often we find that one of the major destabilizing factors in designing solutions is software that doesn’t “play well with others.” You can always write custom code to patch up these differences, but why do that when you can use solutions that may already exist? A technology combination that we use to provide enterprise reporting and data-mining dashboards is the collection of Windows 2003 Server, Sharepoint, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Reporting Services. Using this platform we were able to develop software for a major manufacturing firm to simplify their sales reporting process for pennies on the dollar, compared to the solution that larger companies offered.
- A stable solution must be well integrated into a company’s business processes. Since companies run on their business processes, not on the technology that implements those processes, the solution must integrate well into each business process and the people who run it. Each person involved in the implementation and use of the solutions needs proper training, and the solution must be designed to merge seamlessly into their business needs.
- A stable solution should consider the entire solution’s lifetime. We work closely with our clients and partners to deliver solutions that include planning for updates, upgrades, ongoing improvement, maintenance, business continuity, and support. There are no “deliver the magic bullet and leave” business solutions out there; each solution has a life cycle and life cycles require constant interaction to maintain stability.