The Joys Of Being Bought Out
By: Dan Morrill
The ink is not even damp on the paper, but my company as its own company is no more after being hoovered by a much bigger company.
When I asked what people were looking for in an MSS, that was basically the precursor to what we will be doing. We as a group want to build out a managed service system for folks, but we want to do it the right way. We understand that there are legal issues, regulation issues, shareholder value issues, technology issues, people issues, and a whole host of other things that could make a project succeed or fail.
To do Managed Security right, the managed security service has to be as much of a member of the team as anyone else who processes or controls data in a company. While consultants traditionally are trying to sell more stuff, and companies are trying to hold the costs of material and technology down, there is a middle ground in the process.
That middle ground is where we intend on starting out the new company, we need to understand your business, and the things you want to accomplish to be successful. Then like any good person in the company, we need to look out for your best interests, and that means understanding the risks, the market, and the technology or processes that a company wants to start doing.
That is the good news of the day, after 1.5 years of very hard work, I go work somewhere else, and get to build something wonderful, plus take a family vacation for a change.
What would be interesting is getting reader feedback on the manifesto in the paragraph above, is it worth it to have a consultant company on board that really is interested in the business you are in and then knows how or can deliver value and support based on the way that a company wants to go in?
We think there is.
Let me know what your thoughts are on this one, can a consulting company actually help a company do what they need to do, and work in the best interests of the client as a partnership rather than the traditional vendor/client relationship.
Tag: MSS, Managed Service System
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About the Author:
Dan Morrill has been in the information security field for 18 years, both civilian and military, and is currently working on his Doctor of Management. Dan shares his insights on the important security issues of today through his blog, Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security, and is an active participant in the ITtoolbox blogging community.
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