Eliminate Password Fail Time Suck Once And For All

Unless you’re fortunate enough to work in an organization with a budget large enough to have one or more full time IT professionals, you’ve probably encountered this frustrating scenario at one point or another:

  • Employee Smith either leaves or becomes unavailable with little or no notice.
  • Smith was singlehandedly managing one or more password protected files/sites/etc.
  • Smith was the only one with access to those passwords and did not keep a record.
  • Someone in the office is left pulling his/her hair out and losing half a day or work or more trying to get into said files and sites.

Sound familiar?

150x150_ITA_Guy145Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way thanks to password management solutions that provide individual user security while maintaining master access to employee managed protected content.

Last June we examined individual password management solutions and one of the leading options was Lastpass.com and the very same provider offers an enterprise solution for $24/year per user. The service offers pretty much the same set of offerings as the individual solution but with some added features ideally suited for office environments.

Lastpass even offers a handy Return On Investment calculator you can use to see just how much money you’ve lost in wasted work-hours digging up passwords or contacting providers begging them to set up a new admin account.

And for micro sized offices of two or three employees, using an individual Lastpass account’s sharing feature is an excellent option that only costs $24/year.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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