We all know how frustrating it is to have the conveniences of technology at our fingertips only to have it fail or prove dysfunctional on a regular basis. Many organizations simply lack vision, understanding and the ability to execute on a comprehensive IT strategy. This is, in essence, how I came to found Golden Gate Technology Advisors.
My background spans over 10 years of both hardware and software solution design with a majority of that time designing solutions for business partners at IBM Corporation. Working with the partner community prepared me for my role at Golden Gate Technology Advisors by designing, building and supporting solutions that make our clients use of technology more efficient, effective and productivity enhancing. I worked to create a wide range of products to serve multiple end-user demand. I have been able to take the best of those experiences and bring them to Golden Gate Technology Advisors.
I have acquired quite a repertoire of knowledge in resolving personal and small business problems that was augmented by my formal training as a Software Sales Engineer and Sales Representative at IBM. While working for IBM I designed complex Enterprise class software into all types of environments for dozens of clients, large and small.
Many of the skills required in resolving these sorts of technology issues are acquired over time and enhanced by encountering many different types of problems. While I enjoy the challenges that are regularly presented to me, my friends and clients appreciate that with the depth of my experience comes efficiency and speed at resolving problems. My objective at Golden Gate Technology Advisors is to apply my skills to solve my client's immediate and long-term technology needs.
I have been fortunate that my career has given me an expansive skill set which I have applied to the non-enterprise SMB (small to medium sized business) market place. SMB users are faced with the same challenges as the enterprise, except SMB players have almost no room for error when making technology decisions and need an immediate return on investment.
A key element in avoiding technology hiccups is to properly plan your implementation strategically. I have been successfully working with clients developing solutions that navigate the often confusing and expensive array of choices they are faced with when making technology-related decisions. The customized nature of technology today means you have much more flexibility, but also far greater chance of error. Not all systems integrate well together, despite what the sales literature may indicate, and not all systems will affordably scale to meet your future needs. Developing an effective strategy is complicated by the pace at which the technology changes. Putting forward the most effective solutions eludes even the biggest users of technology.
My philosophy is to develop a sound strategy today that allows for growth and adaptation as needs grow and change. I understand that my clients wish to use technology to do business and do not wish to make technology their business.
James C. Cope
President & Principal Consultant