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Five-Year Plan


“So…” someone sidled up to me at a recent conference and asked, “what’s your five year plan?”

I think, like most people, I have no constructed answer, idea or frankly, no inclination whatsoever to answer such arbitrary questions. I would much rather focus on what I am having for dinner tonight rather than what I might be doing in the not so near future, but maybe that’s just me, a teeny bit anti-establishment and a whole lot of contrary…

Luckily, or unluckily some might say, idiotic, immediate and inappropriate responses are one of my specialties, so I went with the reply, “I might be dead! Ha!” In retrospect, possibly not the best idea when you find yourself at a business conference hoping to wow the very straight-laced socks off your fellow delegates in the hope of pursuing some new clients. But it was too late, big mouth strikes again…

Now while I try very hard, periodically but not always successfully, to live in the moment and be present in what I am doing and feeling, I can’t help but find myself intrigued and excited by the future in so many ways. It is particularly inspiring when it comes to finding out about technological advances constantly happening all around us, helping to make the world a better place to live in.

Of course one of the ways in which these technological benefits have become much more widely accessible in recent years is due to the growth and development of the Cloud. Cloud computing has allowed many new and established businesses to thrive more readily in a progressively more competitive marketplace. The Cloud’s effect is transformational. Ready to go resources from anywhere in world are on demand at the push of a button. Communication and collaboration will continue long into the future to prosper and grow thanks to hosted exchange allowing businesses to work at a speed that has long been required and now fully realised.

There of course, may be a downside to some future progress as many long-established businesses who aren’t yet on board with the Cloud and hosted exchange fail to maintain a competitive edge in their relevant arenas.  But all is not lost! You simply don’t need a five year plan anymore, you need just one afternoon to get your future business sorted, get it working more efficiently and up to speed with the world at large and simply migrate your network and data to the Cloud.

It is a way of working that in time won’t be acknowledged as any kind of business methodology but rather will become (and has already in some respects) something that we all do without question, already blending into the mainstream. And for someone as contrary as myself, even I can’t argue with that.

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