You will find a lot of sites speculating on this with Windows 7 coming out.
This may or may not happen, but if it does, what's the real problem? Is it
really Vista, assuming there is any problem at all?
Let me explain where I'm coming from with this and then how it relates to
YOUR business. Yes, there is a correlation and I think you might see it.
I go back to the days of the Radio Shack TRS 80. Those of you old timers
probably remember it. It didn't do much. I had the dual disk drive version. It
came with the built in OS, think they called it TRSDOS, and I also had a
disk to run BASIC.
I taught at a school where we had some very simple programs that we
used to teach the students.
Nothing ever crashed. Nothing ever went wrong. Sure, you had the
problem of disk drive failures (I think hardware back then was really bad)
but the OS...it was solid.
It also didn't do very much. Hooking up to a printer was about it.
As the years went along, things became more and more complex. We
went from DOS to Windows. My first Windows OS was 3.1.
I can't tell you how many errors I would get with that thing.
It was a nightmare.
Fast forward to the present (because I don't want to go through the
whole history of PCs) and you have some of the most complex home
computing that you could possibly imagine. Third party software is a
When Windows 95 was out, I had my PC running it for 5 years before the
OS broke down and I had to replace it.
Today, I'm lucky if I can run a PC for a year before the OS crashes on me.
Is it really the fault of the OS or is it because we're installing all of this
stuff that we didn't have years ago and these systems are just not tested
to be able to withstand all we throw at them?
I'm no techie, so I'm just throwing this out there for smarter folks to
But here is how this relates to your business as I see it.
When you first start out, your business is pretty simple, that is unless
you throw a boat load of money into it and through outsourcing and other
means, you start out huge. I think that's the exception though I can't
be 100% sure. I know I started small.
Then my business began to grow. I was creating more products and doing
more things. I found it more difficult to handle all that had to be done. If
I wasn't going to outsource, which I stubbornly fought against early on, I
was going to struggle to get everything done. Ultimately, certain things
suffered because there are only so many hours in the day.
How many of you are finding you're having the same problem?
I have come to learn that I can't do it all. It's not possible. Certainly not
once your business expands beyond a certain point.
My point is, if Microsoft dumps Vista (not saying they will or should) was
the problem really with the OS or was it that they simply couldn't handle
what we, as consumers, were throwing at it.
By the same token, if you find your business is crumbling because you've
taken on too much, is it the fault of the business model itself or is it
simply because you don't get others to do things for you that will free up
your time to keep your business running?
Sure, some business models are going to fail. You'll try to tap into a market
that just doesn't exist, or you'll have a product that's crap, or something
else. But when a business that is profitable suddenly runs into problems,
short of the market itself changing, usually I feel it's because the person
running the business isn't running it efficiently.
What do you think?
Valid hypothesis? Any holes in this thought process that you can see?
I'm curious as to what others think not only about running your business
efficiently but what they think about the Vista situation as well.
Hopefully, this will be an interesting topic of conversation.