As we move into the second half of the year, the cities we spoke with seem to be echoing what we’ve been hearing all along: How can we get our hands around IT costs? It’s a question we’ve been working really hard on at Sophicity and we've come up with a number of great ways to help. Curious? Drop me a note or give me a call so we can chat about it.
While we didn’t get a chance to visit Epcot for a ride around the world, we did enjoy the beautiful weather and great food. And congratulations to City of Crestview, Fla. Councilman Charles Baugh for winning our drawing! We hope he enjoys a nice steak dinner with his family at Outback ! Charles, we suggest the Bloomin' Onion.
It all started when Allen wanted to teach his kids fiscal responsibly
and the rules of business. Instead of giving them a lecture, he created a
cookie company and let them learn firsthand how to run a business in a
responsible manner. They set up shop at the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market on the
weekends and sold delicious cookies based on their secret family recipe.
His sons each had shares in the company and were allowed some measure of decision
making power in its operation. The end result? Not only did his kids learn the
ropes but his cookies are quickly becoming all the rage. So much so, in fact, that the Marietta Daily
Journal just wrote an article about him! He’s a great project manager, a great
dad and we’re happy to have him heading up our consulting practice. Now if we
could only get him to start giving us free cookies…
At first, you might be inclined to create an RFP, since
that’s how contracts are bid and you may be required to do this. The
danger, however, is that if you don’t know what your needs are and you are
unfamiliar with the technical terminology, you won’t understand the responding
proposals and won’t have the information your City Council needs to make an
informed decision. This is when an unscrupulous vendor might move in to
You have several options to avoid this:
If you’ve been paying attention to Sophicity, you know we’re
big on objective analysis, so we recommend the third option—especially those
that are paid by the service provider you select. Voice and Data plans
are not our specialty, but they are a critical component of your network
infrastructure, which IS our specialty. If you have any questions about
navigating these waters, let us know—we’re glad to help.
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