Can you imagine running a business without a computer in the current era? Well of course you can’t. Similarly, Information Technology (IT) is a part and parcel of organizations worldwide. Data recording, extraction, search, filtering and analytics is vital to organizations in making crucial business intelligence decisions with regard to their operations, day-in and day-out; and all this is impossible without IT integration. Having stated the significance how is one to go about choosing the apt services provider?
The significance and role of information technology is all pervasive. Irrespective of whether businesses are small or big, it requires IT services for streamlining and integrating their organization’s goals and activities. Small businesses, especially, find it a challenge to accommodate the cost of integrating IT within their organizations given their tight budgets, more so the consultancy costs. While the former is a one time investment, the latter entailing the management and maintenance, requires a recurring flow of money at regular intervals, thereby making it more costly.
Having said that IT integration involves investments, it is imperative that the IT consulting company be chosen with due diligence. So what parameters go into choosing the IT consulting company that’s right for your organization?
- Extent of Experience: While hiring an intern may help you save in monetary terms, it involves the risk of delays, further wastage of money and reputation scarring; something that businesses would not be willing to undertake. This is why it is essential to hire an experienced consultancy firm.
- Prior Reputation: Businesses wouldn’t want to invest their budget in firms that have a bad or unstable reputation. After all, their entire business and reputation is at stake here. Choosing a consultancy with a good reputation helps take off the stress load to a great extent.
- Abreast with the latest?: What’s the use of top notch services, if it’s not been upgraded in the present and the future in mind? With new certifications and programs coming up every now and then with better technology management, it’s necessary that businesses take a look at the soundness level of the firm and its consultants.
- Entailed Cost: It’s often too expensive to hire a full time expert, who can work in-house, especially for small businesses. Again, it is difficult to find the best service at the best cost. Hence, compromises have to be made. Businesses have to understand that quality services come with a certain price tag and thus they have to look at the long term benefits rather that the outright cost. While comparing services ensure that all parameters are looked at with equal weight-age, rather than just the price tag. Note: Steer clear of the ‘teaser’ rates; they are mostly hogwash.
Since there are many IT consultancy firms existent in the market, it is very easy to be taken for a ride. Again, judging a firm on the costs of their services is not advisable too. It is important to look at the team and management personnel on board – their individual experience matters a lot. Businesses need to take a look at proposals in their entirety, understanding their equipment, design and support in the best possible manner. What may seem as an expensive service at the moment may turn out to be a great deal in the long run. Hence it is important to critically look at proposals keeping in mind their long term benefits.
What are/ were your lookout points in determining the best IT consultancy firm for your business? Have/ did you find an exact match to your expectations? Share your thoughts, experiences and opinions with us.