Does Size Matter?

11 May 2016


Shropshire BCS Branch meeting was held on 11 May 2016 at TCAT, in Wellington. Treasurer, Chris Pallett, opened the meeting by introducing himself and the other key note speakers.


With over 50 years of experience in successful large and small enterprises Ian Howles and Chris Pallett were well placed to discuss this question. Exploring the differences and similarities in the way IT is organised and monitored in big and small organisations.


Ian Howles said: “One of the biggest challenges to business success occurs when a small business grows.”


By skilfully interacting with their audience of IT professionals Ian and Chris successfully teased out answers to the key questions that businesses need to address as they grow.


Questions explored included:

  • When does small become big?
  • What scenarios do all businesses face?
  • How does size factor?
  • The effect of consumerism and the consumer mind-set
  • Attitude to risk
  • Does big mean better?

After a lively and well facilitated discussion, those attending agreed that there needs to be a direct contextual relationship between the size and complexity of the business and IT support costs, monitoring and governance. Business expansion must be accompanied with the controls and support costs that ensure quality is maintained or enhanced.


Ian Howles closed the meeting, thanking Chris and commented that it was great to see such a good turnout and if any branch members have any ideas for future sessions or speakers to please get in touch.