Choosing the right IT Consulting Provider

Lucy Bennett
By Lucy Bennett - Contributing Editor
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Today, businesses often choose to outsource part or all of their IT functions. Rather than keeping a large IT staff in-house, you can receive high-quality services from an external provider. The popularity of IT consulting is based on the multiple benefits it brings to any business. Here are the main points to consider when hiring IT consultants. Let’s take a look at the obvious advantages of IT outsourcing.

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1. Reduced workload leads to better strategy

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If a company has a small IT staff, it usually finds it difficult to promote initiatives in addition to keep standard operations running. Hence, reduction of IT-related workloads by involving IT consulting services opens new opportunities for development. If commodity functions are outsourced, the internal IT management may devote its attention to boosting their strategic value to the business.

Examples of such services include help desk, patching, and cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS). When such basic functions are taken care of, you may concentrate on specialized requirements, such as security or website management. An additional benefit is the scalability of such services. This means flexing up or down in accordance with staffing needs.

2. Optimum service

With outsourcing to a consultancy, company IT resources are spent more cost-effectively. When everything is managed in-house, some of the staff may not be fully engaged as there isn’t enough work to keep them busy. Additionally, it may not be feasible to keep in-house expertise and infrastructure. Outsourcing lets them function and expands businesses more effectively.

A business owner may involve IT consultancy on an engagement basis – for instance, for desktop support once a week. Although it is more costly per effort, long-term saving in comparison with maintaining underutilized staff is obvious.

Choosing a provider

There are a few considerations to include in your search for a reliable managed services provider:

  1. They should understand the environment in which you work, both technical and regulatory, as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
  2. They should be proactive, coming up with novel solutions and bringing something extra to the table.
  3. Lay out all your needs and objectives clearly from the very start, so there is no misunderstanding with regard to your needs and objectives.
  4. Make sure your expectations are reasonable, as you will be one of the provider’s many customers, and things that work with in-house staff may not be applicable.
Choosing a provider

What to outsource

Evaluate all corporate IT functions, such as infrastructure, business functionality, security, core services, applications, etc., in terms of cost and impact on the business overall. For example, a mid-sized business could choose to outsource high-cost and low-visibility areas. This will enable the management to focus on serving strategic objectives more flexible.

It is the best to start by outsourcing less critical and more costly functions. This way, you have time to test your provider before delegate them with really crucial tasks. In addition, as knowledge and relationships are built over time, this approach is reasonable if you are planning beneficial long-term cooperation.

iLounge author Lucy Bennett
By Lucy Bennett Contributing Editor
Lucy Bennett is a Contributing Editor at iLounge. She has been writing about Apple and technology for over six years. Prior to joining iLounge, Lucy worked as a writer for several online publications.