By R. Christopher Haines, President and CEO

Have you ever had something you really enjoy, that you went most of your life not even knowing about? Most of you who know me probably know this is going to involve food. And it does. This might sound strange, but for a big chunk of my life, I never knew balsamic vinegar even existed. I can’t remember exactly when, but at some point in the past I discovered it. I’m not sure if something changed, but there was a point a while back at which it all of a sudden showed up on every restaurant’s menu as a salad dressing. But it’s best as a glaze. At this point in my life, a good caprese salad with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella is about my favorite dish. And the balsamic glaze is a big part of the reason why. That is some good stuff.

It’s funny how this works, how things come into our lives that we never really knew existed. Or sometimes we may know they exist but choose not to try them for one reason or another. Some people will try anything without resistance, while others are skeptical and won’t try many things. Anyone who has raised kids knows how much fun it can be getting them to try new things, especially salad or mayonnaise.

The business world is no different. We come across many things we never knew about, or things we might have known existed but didn’t try. Assisting companies with the implementation of new software or changes to existing software is a big part of my career. I come across a number of people who don’t know these services exist. Or they know of them but don’t really know where to start when it comes to getting help.

I think companies that finally make the decision to get some help with their software implementation projects probably have similar feelings to the ones I described having towards balsamic. Where has this been? How did we go this long without it? And they’re very thankful the help came along.

So, if you haven’t tried either balsamic vinegar or getting outside help on your software projects, I recommend them both. One might be a little easier to try than the other, but they’re both pretty good. You won’t be sorry.