Tax time comes around every year, and I go through various stages of denial, anger, and finally acceptance, conveniently around the first of April or so. That’s when I either download TurboTax in a burst of confidence, or email George, my neighborhood tax guy. Last year, I had the burst of confidence, and tried the do-it-yourself method, at approximately 11pm on April 14.
My tax confidence lasted about a week, till the IRS sent a curt letter pointing out the many errors I’d made and asking for more than twice the amount I had owed previously. Some months later, the state of Massachusetts sent a similarly curt letter, noting that I hadn’t actually paid any taxes at all for the previous year. Whoops.
This year, I was thrilled to learn everyone has few extra days to finish their tax forms as the final date was moved to April 18th. Even with the buffer, I went back to George. He’s a forgiving guy who certainly doesn’t send curt letters or emails. He put my family’s paperwork in a neat pile and told me to come back in a week. I entered a new stage of tax anxiety called “waiting,” and when it ended, only had to sign a form and write a check to George…and one to the government, of course.
The Do-It-Yourself Infrastructure
Clearly, taxes take a lot of time and issues can arise. Instead of spending tedious time examining the numbers on each form I’d gotten in the mail, or tracking down the forms in the first place, someone else—someone who can make my life a little simpler —did it all for me.
Tax professionals and tools make me think a lot about IT automation. Lots of smart IT workers know what to hand off to automation. Instead of tracking all those tiny details, one by one, IT team members can let the automation capabilities with hyperconvergence do those important tasks. Hyperconverged infrastructure combines lots of infrastructure components that are all fixing lacking parts of a data center. It cuts out lots of management headaches and lots of manual tasks.
Paying to get my taxes done wasn’t free, but it was worth every penny. I saved a few hours, which I spent with my family. But I could have easily also spent it on some creative work, or at the very least cleaning out a closet. I know you hyperconvergence users out there are finding lots of time for innovation since adopting SimpliVity. Check out the latest from IDC on how much time and money SimpliVity users are now putting toward new projects.