Some good news crossed my desk today from Manufacturing Business Technology:

The report Friday from the Labor Department signaled that the U.S. economy is steadily strengthening and outpacing struggling countries in Europe and Asia. U.S. consumers are showing more confidence. Auto sales have surged. Manufacturers are expanding steadily. 

Obviously, this is great to hear. As the article points out, the first quarter of the year was a little slow thanks to all the cold weather (living in Minnesota, I can personally attest to the awfulness that was Winter 2013-14), but things seem to be growing nicely now.

While it’s always nice to read that the economy is looking up, there is a potential downside to consider. We’re all focused on growing our businesses, of course, but growth comes with challenges of its own. When I talk to customers about why they needed a new solution or a business process review or user training, it’s almost always because they experienced tremendous growth and didn’t have the infrastructure to support it.

Scaling the systems you rely on every day is an important part of your growth strategy. Whether it’s connecting your platforms or integrating additional functionality, make sure your infrastructure is growing with you so that you can be part of the good news.