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4 IT Outsourcing Lessons from Fantasy Football

Blake Mitchell
February 4, 2016

With the big game coming up in a few days, the end of the football season is nearing. So we thought this would be a perfect time to reminisce on one of the most popular aspects of the football season – Fantasy Football - and see what IT outsourcing insights we could take away from that special time of year:

  1. It never hurts to have consistent players on your team. Injuries and other unforeseen circumstances can always take a player out, so past performance doesn’t always predict future results. That said, franchise quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are extremely dependable and practically guaranteed to put a good number of points on the board each week. Much in the same way, yes: unexpected downtime happens. But a colocation provider with a track record of consistency is almost always a safe bet.
  2. Research, research, and research some more. Sure, we’ve all probably had the experience of playing with someone who didn’t pay much attention to their team and still managed to have a winning record. But at the end of the day, the best thing you can do for your team is find ways to minimize risk. Both in NFL fantasy and IT outsourcing, research is exactly how you do that. What’s the player’s point average? Are there any outside risk factors at play for the vendor you’re vetting? Researching and answering questions like these prevent surprises and minimize risk down the road.
  3. Always have a backup strategy. No matter who you colocate with, or even if your data center is owned by your company, you should always have a backup strategy in place. Who are you going to put in when your star player has a bye week or gets injured? How will you quickly divert resources or get things back up and running if unexpected downtime occurs? Here, the key is to find a vendor that offers easy, consistent, reliable backup solutions alongside their core services.
  4. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If someone offers you a trade and you think to yourself, “what’s the catch?” there is probably something that you’re missing. And, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Otherwise mediocre players may have a breakout game every once in a while, but that doesn’t mean you should depend on them to put points on the board every week. If a colocation provider or other IT vendor is offering a product or service that for some reason seems to good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut and do extra research in these situations.

And there you have it. As it turns out, there are a handful of basic lessons to take away from the world’s most popular fantasy sport. Now it’s time get those game faces on and root for your favorite team this Sunday!

We may not be fantasy football experts, but we do know a thing or two about data center colocation. To learn more about our services, or just to say hello, reach out via the contact page of our site, or by Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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