I am (co-)starting a company with the bought assets of my previous (software) company, dormant for over a year. The IT guy from the previous company is coming on board to help revive the server (needs some repair work), restore code and data, and help set up the new infrastructure.
In some sense the IT guy seems indispensable because he has all the key passwords, commands the security of the system, and possesses "native wisdom" about the hardware/software assets of the company.
As a co-founder, however, I have the instinctive anxiety about such a critical dependence on the IT/network guy to run the company going forward.
Unfortunately, IT/network admin is not among my or my co-founder's skills. Employees we have lanned to hire can take caer of certain things (like version control systems), ut we will need the services of a network manager anyway.
Ideally I would like to be able to hire any IT person any time (fitting our requirements), not be so vulnerable as to be held to ransom by an IT guy who may obstruct or hijack the company assets in case any of his demands are not met any time.
I will appreciate insights on how founders/owners of tech ventures go about ensuring that even though they may have an IT admin, they retain freedom to replace network admins and are not worried for the life or death of their venture because of dependence on an IT admin.
Many thanks! Aaron