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Are You Ready for Your Own Bleeding Edge?

Manufacturers love buzz words. And, it’s true, most of us are susceptible to catchy phrases.

One that’s caught my attention is ‘bleeding edge’ — used to describe the very, very latest technology product or service. It’s a heady feeling, being at the forefront of technology, and the urge to acquire the newest and best can be downright irresistible, as evidenced by sales of the iPhone 6.

Yet there are times when you should resist. Being on the bleeding edge can be fun and impressively rewarding. But rushing headlong into something your organization is not prepared for can hurt.

So even though this issue of our newsletter highlights achievements in keeping pace with the near-constant change in technology offerings and capabilities, we urge caution.

Before you allocate budget to ‘leading or bleeding edge’ products or services, be sure you’ve answered these three questions:

  • Is our infrastructure ready?
  • Do we have the necessary skillset?
  • Does it provide the capabilities we need?

If you’re unsure about the answers to any of these questions, get help from a trusted technology advisor before making a commitment that will bleed more than just your budget.

Meet the Author
Tim Burke is the President and CEO of Quest. He has been at the helm for over 30 years.
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