I was in the skate shop discussing skateboards ‘for the kids’ ;-)
‘The cheap ones are great to get going, once you can go in a straight line, if you like boarding, you need a proper one’ she said.
‘Proper boards turn, the wheels go round properly, the decks are lighter, stronger and have more spring’ she said. Hmmm!
This instantly put me in mind of a discussion I am having with yet another client about why Excel alone cannot satisfy every business need.
About how its great to get you started, great to clarify what you need.
About how more focused tools in the back end can help with dispersed geographies, with multiple simultaneous users, with massive datasets, with data integrity, and with security, to name a few.
But yes, like a proper board they cost more, and the benefits are not instantly obvious.
But also like a proper board, once you get going you can go so much further, and often so much easier than when using poor kit.
I’m going to post more about what these systems are that I think are needed ‘in the back end’.
Anyone else having these discussions regularly with clients?
(Of course I got a new ‘proper’ board – but you all knew that right?)