As companies grow, they often turn to outsourcing and consulting in order to improve their overall functions–especially when it comes to tech-related challenges. Have you been struggling to manage your IT needs effectively or having a hard time with your existing IT team? An IT consulting service can offer immense benefit to your company as a whole.
Tech efficiency fails in two key ways. Often, it fails because you do not know how to use the tools you have on hand efficiently. You may have more tools than you need, redundant checks and balances, and a hard time figuring out some of the most important features on your apps. In other cases, it may fail because you do not have access to the latest or best technology: because you’re using the same old legacy system that you’ve used since the early days of your business or chose “close enough” instead of looking into more detail regarding the latest and best solutions for your specific needs.
An IT consulting service can solve both problems. First, they can take a look at your existing software, apps, and solutions and give you a better idea of how they’re working and whether they are helping you accomplish your goals. Second, they can work with you to provide access to the tools you need in order to really meet your goals.
Using an IT consulting service can lead to much lower overall costs than you experience when you handle your tech services yourself. With an IT consulting service, you can:
Decrease the cost of your IT solutions–especially the ones that aren’t working.
An IT consulting service can take a look at your apps and solutions and review the ones that aren’t working effectively for your business, allowing you to get rid of the solutions that aren’t working for you and focus on using software that genuinely meets the needs of your business. Not only that, you will often receive access to the tools used by the consultant–without having to pay for a license for your business, specifically, to use those platforms.
Decrease the cost of in-house IT services.
An IT consultant can take care of many of the services that you would take care of in-house, but often at a much lower cost. Your in-house IT team not only needs to be paid a reasonable salary, they need office space, tools, and benefits. Over time, those costs can add up substantially. With an IT consulting firm on board, on the other hand, you can cut many of the costs associated with your in-house team while still receiving the high-quality IT support you need.
Tech glitches can quickly eat into your productive time. A severe glitch can make it impossible for your employees to complete their usual job responsibilities, especially if they need that technology in order to get through their day. Glitches can also leave team members scrambling to make up for problems with technology, from reentering lost data to searching through paper backups for the information they need.
IT consulting services, on the other hand, can help streamline your processes, improve your technology, and reduce downtime. Your consultant can schedule patches and updates for a time when you aren’t busy–or even when you aren’t in the office at all–which can make it easier to keep your business running smoothly. They’ll also take care of planning for those patches and updates, which will make you less likely to be caught off-guard by an unanticipated challenge with a system that hasn’t been patched in some time.
Your in-house team members only have so many skills. Even the best-trained team members don’t have access to every single tech skill available. They may have specific focuses and specialties: one might focus on networking, for example, while another is a cybersecurity expert. While one team member might be great at troubleshooting error, you might need another team member to take care of hardware problems throughout the office.
When you work with an outsourced IT consultant, on the other hand, you’ll get access to a team that has all of those skills. They receive the latest training and remain up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry and ready to address whatever challenges might come their way. That means fewer in-house team members to help you accomplish your goals, but more knowledge and experience to keep your business running at peak efficiency and address any challenges that might come your way.
When you work with an in-house team, they often work a specific shift, then go home for the day. Many businesses simply don’t have the budget on hand to create a 24/7 IT team.
IT disasters, however, don’t follow a 9-5 timeline. You may have a user struggling to get into a locked system during second shift, but unable to contact the helpdesk because no one is on duty. Your business might face a cyberattack in the middle of the night–and beginning mitigation efforts immediately could prove critical to protecting your data and your customers.
With an IT consultant, you’ll have 24/7 availability. Someone will be on hand to answer your questions or deal with any challenges or problems you might have along the way–and your business will run more smoothly as a result.
Most businesses are dealing with more data than ever. They’re collecting more information and learning more about their customers–not to mention all the data that goes into creating a successful project. Storing that data, however, can prove incredibly daunting. Fortunately, an experienced IT consulting firm can help make that process easier.
Are you ready to improve your business by collaborating with an IT consultant who can help you better achieve your goals? We can help. Contact us today to learn more about our IT consulting services.